Ferrari five on show in Paris
A NEW GENERATION: Ferrari has displayed five cars at the Paris auto show, each of which represents a new generation of the company’s 8- and 12-cylinder models.
The Ferrari display at the Paris motor show is showcasing the five cars which make up the current range, each of which represents a new generation of the company’s 8- and 12-cylinder models.
The F12berlinetta is claimed to be the most powerful high-performance V12 built so far, thanks to its 550kW power output and light, compact architecture.
The FF, the four-seater, four-wheel drive now sports a new full-length panoramic roof in a special reflective glass that gives occupants a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation.
The coupé and the Spider versions of the 458, powered by the V8 which has won the Best Performance Engine Award for two consecutive years, are designed for owners seeking a sportier driving experience.
The California 30 – the ‘30’ in the name referring to the reduction in weight and increase in power introduced on the model earlier this year - is aimed at owners who appreciate greater versatility of use.
EACH TO THEIR OWN
In line with its “Different Ferraris for different Ferraristi” philosophy, these cars are designed to fulfill complementary roles without compromising their DNA which remains unique in terms of performance, driving pleasure and advanced technologies.
Ferrari invested significant sums into its product range which has led to the creation of 8- and 12-cylinder engines whose specific power outputs, levels of torque and maximum rev limits are unprecedented while, at the same time, offering improved fuel efficiency. Important innovations have led to reductions in the weight of our cars, too.
While power has been boosted by approximately 74kW across the model range, fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by 30% compared to four years.
FERRARI PLAN HYBRID
Ferrari is also planning to launch its first hybrid model in the near future, having already revealed the power unit’s architecture and components.
Ferrari drew on its experience in working with composites for single-seaters for its new hybrid model which will be produced in a limited-edition, special series.
The chassis uses four different types of carbon-fibre and is hand-laminated then cured in autoclaves following engineering processes which optimise the design by integrating the different components.
The overall chassis is 20% lighter than the Enzo Ferrari, despite the extra weight required by housing the hybrid components and to meet regulatory obligations.
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