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The main design changes made by the team led by Marco Tencone include a revised front end, with the headlights with DRL Led technology and a new bumper with wrapping air intakes, which optimize the front air flows for both engine and brake cooling. At the rear of the new taillights have a more aggressive darker tone. Inside, the front and rear seats were completely redesigned, while the new steering wheel has a more sporty and muscular look. The 4.7 liter V8 engine has been tuned and now delivers an increased output of 460 hp.The new Maserati GranTurismo Sport, set to debut at the Geneva Show, will feature increased performances and a slight aesthetic restyling.
Recently previewed with the name F620 GT, the F12berlinetta features a new V12 engine and advanced architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, which make it the most powerful Ferrari road car ever produced, with an output of 740 hp, a 0-100 km/h time of 3.1 seconds, a 0-200 km/h sprint in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of over 340 km/h. The F12berlinetta was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina. The car successfully combines uncompromising aerodynamics with harmonious proportions, which interpret the typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars. Thanks to careful aerodynamic studies, the downforce has been increased by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced – the Cd is 0.299. The dimensions are relatively compact, with a length of 4618 mm, a width of 1942 mm and a height of 1273 mm, while the total dry weight is just 1,520 kg, achieved through an all-aluminum construction.
Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type, the Swiss firm Classic Factory unveiled its Growler concept car. Intended as a modern version of the classic sports car, the concept was so well received that a new car-making company, Lyonheart Cars Ltd. has been opened in Coventry, U.K., for the purpose of turning out a limited run of the production version of the Growler – the Lyonheart K. The Jaguar E-type is such a classic, such a mind-numbingly beautiful car, some might argue that it was responsible for the decline of the British motor car industry. The E-type was one of the all-time classic cars. Brought into the world at a time when European car makers were putting out futuristic designs and the Americans were making their cars look like spaceships, the E-type hit exactly the right mix of the old and the new with its monocoque body, engine bonnet that seemed to go on forever and passenger cabin that looked as if it was hanging on for dear life. There was such an air of pure art to it that even the engine was beautiful, and it was no slouch when you pressed the starter. It’s independent suspension is legendary and it could do 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph (242 km/h). Unlike many high-performance cars, you could drive it at 10 mph without feeling like it was trying to rattle your fillings out of your teeth. In 14 years of production 70,000 cars were produced, which is remarkable when you consider how notoriously unreliable it was.
Aston Martin builds what are widely regarded as some of the most beautiful road cars in the world and the GT3 is proof that the company’s race cars don’t lose those aesthetic attributes.Starting this month, Aston Martin and the company’s racing division begin track test of its newest GT3 entry, the V12 Vantage GT3. First appeared in April of this year, the V12 Vantage GT3 will go on to replace the Aston Martin DBRS9, which first entered the GT3 racing circuit back in 2006. Sharing the same bonded aluminum chassis and 6.0-litre V12 engine as its road-going cousin, engineers tuned the V12 Vantage into a race-ready behemoth with experience gained in the past 6 years. The car will be ready for the GT3 season of 2012.
The body of the Ferrari SA APERTA is refined by NOVITEC ROSSO in a few details.Together with the F1 Superfast six-speed transmission the NOVITEC ROSSO bi-compressor version delivers exceptional performance. From rest the car sprints to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds.Top speed is in excess of 211 mph.The power increase by 218 hp to 888 hp at 8,400 rpm means the two-seater now offers power that is as superlative as its new peak torque of 636 lb/ft at 6,600 rpm, a gain of 178 lb/ft over its production brethren.
The competition-spec model loses the folding roof in favor of a fixed one reinforced by a full roll cage. It also gets racing slicks and a much more aggressive aero package. But the fun part is the V8 engine from the outgoing M3, tuned to 480 horsepower and paired with a six-speed sequential gearbox.