The Ferrari 458

 The classic mid-engined V8 berlinetta layout seen here in the Ferrari 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.

Since the 3.5-litre F355 ended production in 1999, two new generations – the 360 Modena and F430 – had rolled out of Maranello before the 458 arrived.

There has always been a bit of a contradiction about the notion of a junior Ferrari. But, with a few notable exceptions, that is how the mid-engined V8-powered cars from Maranello have come to be known.

So it was with the 308 GTB, and the line of cars that followed. Now, though, things are changing at Ferrari. In the California, it has a fourth model line designed to cater for those wanting a slighter softer experience from their Prancing Horse.

That in turn has given this 458 Italia, the latest V8 Ferrari, the licence to move into more serious territory. There is nothing remotely junior about 562bhp or a top speed in excess of 200mph.

Not only does it outpace the V12 599 GTB to 60mph and 100mph but, once you plunder the massively tempting options list with its array of performance and luxury enhancing gadgets, this also is a car that can easily cost in excess of £200,000.

For the 458 Spider (note the lack of Italia nomenclature for the open-top car), this reality is even more attainable; its basic price is almost £200,000 before you even look at the options list.

Numbers are one thing, though. What we are here to find out is if the new ‘junior’ has not only moved the game on, but also entered the rarefied ranks of the truly great Ferraris.

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Confirmed: The Bugatti Veyron Successor Will Be A 286 MPH Hybrid

Volkswagen Group emperor Martin Winterkorn confirmed to German newspaper Bild that the Veyron’s successor is a go with a hybrid drivetrain producing 1,500 horsepower for a top speed of 286 mph. To balance that out, Volkswagen’s really-really budget brand will also launch in 2018.

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While developing three models for developing markets positioned below Skodas, VW is also working on the Veyron’s replacement with five developmental prototypes already running around their playground with differing powertrain combinations. At least according to Autocar.

If all the new information is correct, the car will be more of an evolution than a revolution, because at the end of the day, we’re still looking at a mid-engined all-wheel drive hypercar with a carbon fiber tub and a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. The added hybrid system is only there to boost power and improve efficiency, which means we might find electric turbos under the hood as well.

If the Veyron SuperSport was the automotive industry’s Moon landing, the new model will probably become its Mars colonization when it launches in 2016. While there are cars out there which are faster than a Bugatti by numerous standards, the Veyron still remains an unbelievable engineering achievement more than a decade after its conception.

Via the source – http://jalopnik.com/confirmed-the-bugatti-veyron-successor-will-be-a-286-m-1714647204

LAMBORGHINI VENENO ‘ROADSTAR’

Lamborghini today unveiled the world’s most expensive car – a super-aggressive model costing a staggering £3.36 million.

The jaw-dropping Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is a limited edition hypercar which goes without a roof.

It has been designed by the Italian firm to drive like a race car while being entirely road legal – making it one of the most extreme vehicles ever built.

Lamborghini has fitted the Veneno Roadster with a 750bhp V12 engine which gives the topless motor a 0-62mph time of just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 220mph.

The radical machine, made of lightweight carbon fibre, follows the hardtop version which was limited to just three and came with a £3 million price-tag.

But the convertible, of which nine will be built, will set back potential owners a cool £3.36 million.

This is more than ten times the price of the firm’s Aventador model while the same figure could buy 335 Ford Fiestas.

A statement from the Italian firm called the Veneno Roadster ‘one of the most exceptional super sports cars of all time’.

It added: ‘The Veneno Roadster is extreme and guarantees an intense driving experience – because open means truly open.

‘There is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners — with handling akin to that of a racing prototype: ‘

Lamborghini claim every detail of the car’s body has been designed to boost downforce and minimalise drag in an attempt to optimise its handling on the road and track.

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