2013 GENEVA SHOW STARS
After a year of teasing us with sneak pics and snippets of technical information, Ferrari has finally uncovered the all-new Enzo replacement in its entirety.
Currently hogging the limelight at this month's Geneva motor show, Maranello's latest hypercar is called the LaFerrari _ a nod to what Ferrari describes as the epitome in its car engineering.
Aimed at collectors, this Ferrari highlights hybrid technology filtered down from F1 racing, including electric motors that help boost the power of the 800hp 6.3-litre V12 to 963hp. Maximum engine speed is 9,250rpm.
Only 499 LaFerrari units are to be made, with each costing around 150 million baht if imported to Thailand.
The unveiling of the LaFerrari comes just weeks after arch-rival McLaren announced the production-ready version of its P1, which first appeared in Paris last year as a thinly disguised concept.
Costing nearly as much as the LaFerrari, but built in smaller numbers (reportedly 375 in total), the final-look P1 is trying to divert attention from Ferrari's stand at the Swiss motor show.
The P1 also uses F1-derived tech to boost power and aerodynamics. The McLaren has a combined output of 916hp and its basic 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 737hp.
Both hypercars use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic to transmit power to the rear wheels and carbon fibre body to keep weight under 1.4 tonnes.
Despite the discrepancies in power, both makers are claiming very similar performance figures: 0-100kph in under 3sec and 0-200kph in under 7sec.
While the P1's maximum speed is 350kph (McLaren says top speed isn't a priority), the Ferrari is said to be able to exceed that level. More notable is the differential in the 0-300kph stakes, for which Ferrari claims a flat 15 seconds against McLaren's "under 17sec".
CO2 emissions separate them more. The P1 is capable of driving on pure electricity, briefly, at low speeds, while the Ferrari can't. That explains why the combined cycle of the P1 is tagged at 200g/km _ 130g/km less than the Ferrari. No economy figures have been disclosed by either maker, not that collectors would be particularly concerned about this.
The LaFerrari has striking similarities with the 458 Italia in terms of design but feels more aggressive, especially when viewed from the rear.
The cockpit is dominated by an F1-like "squircle" steering wheel housing controls for the adjustable driving dynamics, gearbox paddle-shifters, switches for the wipers, indicator lights and ignition button.
Although the driver's seat is fixed to the floor, the steering wheel and foot pedals are adjustable.
The driver’s cockpit is dominated by an F1-like steering wheel.
Imposing styling has always been a must for Ferrari flagships like this.
Lamborghini is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with an ultra-limited production model called Veneno at this year's Geneva motor show.
While also attempting to create a diversion from Ferrari's headline-making LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, the Veneno is a flashy-looking mid-engine sports car with jet-fighter styling cues based on the Aventador _ similar to how the Reventon was created from the Murcielago in 2007.
The Veneno uses the same 6.5-litre V12 and seven-speed automated manual gearbox as in the Aventador but sees a 50hp higher power at 750hp. As a result, the 0-100kph time is improved by a 10th of a second at 2.8sec.
Only three units of the Veneno will be made, and all have already been sold at 3 million each. If brought over to Thailand, the Veneno would cost 385 million baht including tax.
The Veneno would cost 385 million baht here.
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- Writer: Richard Leu
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