After years of denying the possibility of a utility vehicle, Ferrari has confirmed that it will release an SUV.
“You’ll have to shoot me first” was what Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne once said regarding an electric Ferrari and SUV, but he seems to have had a change of heart.
The company is beyond the consideration phase and only has to approve the SUV for production, with Marchionne telling :
“We’re dead serious about this. We need to learn how to master this whole new relationship between exclusivity and scarcity of product, then we’re going to balance this desire to grow with a widening of the product portfolio.”
SUVs have served to significantly grow the sales volume at other high-end brands, but Ferrari will limit the availability of its model to preserve exclusivity.
Ferrari hasn’t revealed when the new SUV will arrive, but you can bet enthusiasts will be talking about it from now on until we finally see it in action and even more after. The Lambhorgini Urus will have some competition.
How do you want the Ferrari SUV to turn out?
Tesla Model S Wins ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’
Each year, Motor Trend holds a ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’ featuring some of the fastest, most exciting sports cars, supercars and hypercars ever made. And this year, not a single one of them won.
The high-octane race part of the magazine’s “best driver’s car” competition and features the finalists doing a simultaneous quarter mile race against each other on an airstrip — the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, this time around.
As you would imagine, the list of contenders is what every car enthusiast’s dream is made of. See for yourself:
- Ferrari 488 GTB
- McLaren 570GT
- Porsche 911 Turbo S
- Mercedes-AMG GT R
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
- Porsche 718 Cayman S
- Lexus LC 500
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
- Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
- Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
- Aston Martin DB11
- Nissan GT-R NISMO
The Mazda MX-5 RF, despite being in contention for the “best driver’s car” title, is grossly underpowered and was forced to watch from the sidelines, wishing the track was a little twistier. To make things interesting, Motor Trend decided to replace the Mazda that wished-it-could with the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous, a car we’ve all wanted to see frolic with the likes a Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche in terms of pure speed.
And — you guessed it — the relatively unassuming, electric-powered Model S, the heaviest car on the track, beat them all! In fact, it would have crushed the race if not for the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 Turbo S being hot on its heels. It’s quite something to see…
Guess which car came in last?
This Is The Last LaFerrari Aperta
The final example of the limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta has been built, and it’s for charity.
Leaving the factory straight for an auction block in Italy, the 210th LaFerrari Aperta is painted in metallic Rosso Fuoco, with a Bianco Italia double racing stripe running from front to back, the first time time an Aperta has had this livery.
The interior boasts black Alcantara upholstery with red leather inserts in the seats and red contrast stitching, as well as shiny black carbon fiber trim on the dashboard that further accentuates the car’s lightweight construction.
There are no mechanical modifications over the other Aperta examples, so power is provided by a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain with a 789-horsepower 6.3-liter V12 engine and a 120-kilowatt electric motor that boosts total output to 949 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.
The proceeds from the sale, which is expected to be somewhere between 3 and four 4 euros ($3.5 and $4.7 million), will be donated to Save the Children, an international charity dedicated to educating kids around the world.
People Buy Lamborghini if They Can’t Afford a Ferrari?
In the words of Ferrari’s CEO, people who can’t afford a Ferrari get a Lamborghini instead.
Having promised a ramp up of Ferrari production in 2017, Sergio Marchionne still beliefs output isn’t where it needs to be to meet strong demand.
Apparently, less than 8,500 Ferraris will be made during the year, a figure that although significantly higher than the company’s previous 7,000-unit cap, is far below the executive’s recommended 10,000-unit annual sale.
In an interview with Car Magazine, Marchionne stated:
“The waiting list for some of our cars is long. This is the worst thing you can do to a customer.”
He didn’t stop there, taking a stab at Lamborghini when asked about Ferrari’s rival:
“…a lot of people buy Lamborghinis because they can’t get their hands on a Ferrari.”
Those are some fighting words, mister…
Before taking the reigns at Ferrari in 2014, Marchionne sparred with his predecessor, Luca di Montezemolo, over the company’s production numbers. Di Montezemolo argued that no more than 7,000 units should be built in order to preserve the brand’s exclusivity, but he “mysteriously” resigned soon afterwards.
Is it smart for Ferrari to sell more than 7,000 cars a year, and do you agree with the sentiment that only those who can’t afford a Ferrari buy a Lamborghini? Share your thoughts in the comments below.