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Turbocharged Ferrari California T Revealed
Meet the latest additional to the Ferrari stable. The brand new Ferrari California T. A 2015 model Ferrari has gone to the dark side and added a turbo to their awesome V8. With 552 horsepower the 3.8-liter twin-turbo is something we haven't seen from Ferrari since the F40 came out in 1987.
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Ferrari California T Premiere
Ferrari has finally released their first turbocharged car since the venerable Ferrari F40. The entry level Ferrari California has had a makeover and continues to be the most affordable model in its lineup. The California now carries the "T" insignia to showcase the new turbocharged V8 engine. The all new turbocharged V8 is 3.9 liters, has direct-injection V8 and is based on the force-fed unit introduced on the recent Maserati range. Of course Ferrari immediately pointed out that the engine has been reworked featuring a slightly larger displacement (Ferrari: 3,855cc vs Maserati: 3,799cc) and more power at 560PS (552hp) at 7,500 rpm and 755Nm (557 lb-ft) over the Trident's 530PS (523hp) at 6,500 rpm and 710Nm (524 lb-ft). That's a pretty massive jump over the naturally aspirated current California.
Performance is (as expected) pretty epic for a base model. The front-engine, rear-wheel drive model hits (62mph in 3.6 second, 0.2 seconds faster than the current model and top speed increases modestly from 195mph to 196mph.
The California T is an update of the current California. The retractable hard-top roof remains but the styling has been refined for the front and rear sections of the car, with a few updates to modernize it a little. The interior has also been updated and is refresh compared to the current California. Inside, Ferrari redesigned the dashboard that sports a new partially digital instrument panel, and a new center console with a 6.5 inch display for the infotainment system featuring both touch-screen and conventional controls
Other updates to the California T include a revised chassis with improved steering response, new springs and the latest-generation Magnaride dampers (which respond 50 per cent faster) for the suspension, plus the newest iteration of the brand's F1-Trac traction control system and an available CCM3 carbon-ceramic braking system that offers a 100 to 0 km/h (62mph – 0 ) braking distance of 34 meters (111.5 feet).
Ferrari California T Premiere
Discover the images of the new Ferrari California T: the perfect synthesis of sportiness, elegance and technology. The new 8-cylinder with turbo engine debuts at the Geneva Car Show.
Go to the special: http://california-t.ferrari.com/en/
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Supercar of the Year: Ferrari 458 Speciale
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is one awesome car. With a 4.5-liter V-8 that makes slightly insance 597 horsepower at its 9000-rpm peak you know performance won't be an issue. Some awesome technology has gone into this car. Engine changes like 14.0:1 compression ratio, revised combustion chambers, new pistons, shorter intake runners, reshaped intake ports, and higher lift on the exhaust and intake valves, along with a new carbon-fiber manifold and airbox all help boost power. The 458 also went on a diet and had shed some 200 pounds.
The Speciale shifts faster, goes faster in a straight line and laps Fiorano track quicker than the standard 458 Italia. turns in quicker, and stops shorter. Thanks to an additional 35 horsepower and 200 fewer pounds, it is swifter than the car on which it’s based, in a straight line and around a track. Read our full 458 Special review.
For its $22,195 base price, you’re getting a vehicle essentially identical to the European version, from the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to the autobahn-firm suspension tune to the single-spec Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer tires. Well, there is one major difference: The Euro ST will only be a three-door hatchback, whereas the American ST will come only in five-door form. The spunky little ST is more important for what it says about Ford than what it does for the company’s bottom line. It proves that Ford isn’t without a soul, that somewhere inside that giant transnational monolith that pays the bills with pickup-truck sales, there are people who actually care about small cars
The biggest misconception about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is that it's simply a higher-performing version of the SLS GT - a closer look, or better yet, a few hot laps on a high-speed racing circuit, reveals that is anything but the case.
The engine mapping, crankshaft, connecting rods, valvetrain, intake, exhaust and cooling are all modified and the engine's redline bumps up from 7,200 to 8,000 rpm, which pushes output of the hand-built 6.3-liter V8 to 622 horsepower. The power steering receives a new ratio, a coilover AMG Adaptive Performance suspension is installed along with underbody braces, the track is widened, two-piece carbon-ceramic brakes replace iron rotors at each corner and a lightweight titanium exhaust is fitted beneath. The AMG Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is modified and an electronically controlled AMG rear differential lock ensures the power goes to the pavement.
In terms of performance, nothing has been left untouched by the AMG engineers, and the car's performance is nothing short of spectacular. Brilliant engineers who were tasked with creating this uncompromising devil. It is one of my favorites.
Read any review of the Corvette and you'll see the same list of compliments and complaints: great performance, terrible interior, or some variation thereof.
The Corvette now features an aluminum frame, not just the higher-performance models. Instead of two uniformly thick, hydroformed rails, the chassis is now made up of five sections using hydroformed aluminum, cast aluminum, and extruded aluminum, with each section tailored to its purpose in strength and stiffness.
Providing the go power is the latest update to Chevrolet's famous small-block V-8. Resurrecting the LT1 moniker, the updated engine displaces 6.2 liters and pumps out at least 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The improvements in peak power are modest, but Chevy says the power curves are greatly improved, with the new engine producing as much torque between 1000 and 4000 rpm as did the 7.0-liter V-8 in the Z06.
The first roadster from Jaguar in 40 years, the 2014 F-Type was worth the wait. Thisconvertible is a thrilling blend of style, performance and luxury.
Featuring V-6 and V-8 power, the F-type debuts first as a roadster, but a coupe will soon follow. (Jaguar’s new turbo four-cylinder—essentially a Ford EcoBoost unit—doesn’t make the U.S. options sheet.) Both engines are supercharged, and the six is available in two strengths. The base F-type has 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque; the F-type S boasts 380 hp and 339 lb-ft. The top model is the V-8 S, which packs 495 hp and 460 lb-ft in its eight-pot ammo box.
The V-6 S has a mechanical limited-slip differential. The top-of-the-line car gets an electronically controlled diff that actuates a multiplate clutch, depending on available grip. The brakes are progressively stronger as you climb the ladder, with the base car fitted with 13.9-inch front discs and 12.8-inch rears, the V-6 S upgrading to 15-inch discs at the front, and the V-8 S teaming the 15-inchers with 14.8-inch rear platters.
Ferrari has basically taken its best engineering ideas and implemented them into the 458 Speciale. The updated engine produces 596hp, 34hp more than a standard 458. Torque and redline of 9,000 rpm stay the same. The basic result is that for 25% more money than a standard Ferrari 458, you get to brag that your car has the best ever time around the Fiorano test track. Seems worth it.
Shifts from the dual clutch unit come 25% faster and 0-60mph in 3.0sec dead. In typical special edition Ferrari style, they have reduced weight by 200 pounds largely by removing all the things that make life
comfortable in a car, doing away with glovebox, door armrests, thinner glass, lighter Lexan and stereo and navigation as optional extras. READ MORE
Ferrari 458 Italia
Awesome performance – not just speed, but flexibility, too. That's where the Ferrari 458 Italia has taken the game to the next level. With a chassis that makes anyone feel like they can drive and amazing good looks, it is the perfect supercar. Sure there are cars that are more exotic and more expensive, but this car is the one we would buy.
Ferrari 458 Italia Review
The classic mid-engined V8 berlinetta layout seen here in theFerrari 458 Italia actually began with the 2+2 Dino 308 GT4 in 1973. In more recent history, it is the elegant 1994 F355 that many think of when considering the best and most memorable of the two-seat ‘baby’ Ferraris that make up the 458’s predecessors.