Current Ferrari Models and Their Characteristics
Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia is an expression of the most advanced concept of sportsmanship, represents the latest eight-cylinder supercar and it is the complete essence of what a Ferrari should be: power, extreme technology, pure driving pleasure. The 458 Italia affirms a new philosophy: lighter, faster, yet more environmentally friendly. Created to be even more extreme than the successful F430, the Italia does not sacrifice the driving pleasure in traffic or at low speed. The 458 Italia is built using the most advanced engine, chassis and aerodynamics technology ever developed by Ferrari, a feature that is partly due to working closely with the F1 Team in order to combine exceptional performance with reduced consumption and emissions. The new 4,499 cc V8 engine is a veritable powerhouse, punching out 570 hp. Equipped with the 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox, the 458 can sprint from 0 to 60mph in under 3.4 seconds reaching a maximum speed of over 202 mph. Ferrari Silicon Valley is currently accepting interest list applications for the 458 Italia.
The Ferrari California is a bold addition to the Ferrari range: an eight-cylinder model with a grand touring remit. The Ferrari California is a model whose charm, exclusivity and performance can attract the interest of those who have not yet approached Ferrari and are interested in a “grand touring” type of vehicle. It is a very different sort of Ferrari: a more sensual Gran Tourer with a folding hard-top roof that promises everyday ease-of-use. The Ferrari California is powered by a new 4,300 cc V8 engine, mounted for the first time in the marquee’s history in the mid-front position, and sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds. Paired with the 7-speed dual clutch, the car’s performance delivers a superior driving experience, improves ride comfort and reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The F1-Trac traction control system in the Ferrari California made its debut on the 599 GTB Fiorano. Brembo brakes in carbon-ceramic material disks provide the Ferrari California with superbly efficient braking performances.
New three-layer colors and bi-color solutions for the exterior and new leathers as well as fabric for the interiors are some of the latest personalization options now available for the Ferrari California. In 2010 the HELE system was introduced in the Ferrari California. HELE stands for High Emotion Low Emissions and is a system designed to reduce C02 emissions without taking away from the joy of driving a Ferrari.
Following are some of the most important technical measures of HELE System that allow a 23 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. The start/stop function that can restart the car in low as 230 milliseconds, a displacement air-conditioning technology electronically controlled an intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control and adaptive gear shifts.
Ferrari 599 GTO:
The 599 GTO is a blend of some of Ferrari’s top technology from Formula One and road cars and occupies a niche between the 599 GTB & 599 XX. More menacing and less refined than a GTB, less raucous than an XX. This car is the best expression of a sports car Ferrari has ever made. A 6.0 liter, V12 engine that produces 670 hp at 8500 rpm and 457 lb-ft torque at 6,500 rpm and capable of impressive acceleration numbers to the tune of 0 to 62 mph in just 3.35 seconds. The engine is paired with an F1 six-speed gearbox, which has the same 60-millisecond shift times as the 599XX. The car has a curb weight of only 3,538 lbs. Only 599 cars will be produced and there are several custom colors and two-tone paint finishes exclusively for this GTO model. Designed by Pininfarina, the front, side and rear are bolder and more aggressive than its parent.
Inside, a Virtual Race Engineer allows the driver to monitor the status of the car and its performance. Extensive use of carbon fiber is apparent, including in the cockpit where it is used both to reduce weight and as a design element. Ferrari’s dedication to the GTO model is legendary, with two previous highly revered models. The three iconic letters, which stand for Gran Turismo Omologato, summon the spirit of the original 1962 250 GTO, the 288 GTO which helped spawn the modern supercar era and the F40, the fastest street legal production car from 1987 to 1989 and the most expensive model at that time. The 250 GTO won no fewer than three consecutive World Sportscar Championships and it is today the most sought-after collector’s car on the market.