A Ferrari hatchback? That’s what you could be thinking on seeing this new Ferrari FF which recently had its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The model is called a shooting brake and is Ferrari’s first four-seater, boot-space family model. Not that we expect to see too many rich kiddies being taken to school in this model but you never know - if you live in the right neighbourhood, you just might spot one of these.
The Ferrari FF is a controversial model for the company, with a radical design not in keeping with its supercar roots. Still, there might be space for it in the line-up anyway - and the first FF models to production have already been sold out. It’s still too early to say whether this will mark a revolution for Ferrari with other models being spawned in the future, but for the moment it’s been much talked about. Read more from us at eurocarblog.com.
This video of Alfa Romeo’s new car, the Giulietta hatchback which replaces the Alfa 147, shows all the classic, sexy pedigree of the Italian brand. This year Alfa Romeo celebrates 100 years and the new Giulietta is hopefully going to be as exciting as the recent Alfa MiTo model. As an extra treat in the video, we also get to see a few vintage Alfas shoot by as the Giulietta does her stuff. Take a closer look at another lovely example of Italian automobile design in the pics below.
The location of Pietrasanta has been a key choice for the Fiat exhibition, as it was here that the world’s first combustion engine was invented by Italian inventor Padre Eugenio Barsanti.
The exhibition includes 30 painted works by Enrico Ghinato along with some historic model cars, including a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 from 1966, a Fiat V8 from 1954, a Lancia Stratos Pirelli from 1975, a 1955 Giulietta Spider and a 1951 Gran Premio Alfa Romeo 159. For more information, see the Pietrasanta Council site.
Italian workmanship in the car industry is renowned the world over, and here is a video of what the Lamborghini factory was like in 1968. The stars of Lamborghini vintage production in those days were the Miura, Islero and Espada. There was also the Marzal concept, ancestor to the Espada, designed by Bertone with its wing doors.
The video shows Italian vintage car manufacturing at its best. For more nostalgia, have a look at the Ferrari auction “leggenda e passione”; and for a little quirkiness, the moped truck anniversary and the Maserati sex rumble.
Source | Motorpasion
The best in Italian car design is epitomised by one of Italy’s national icons, Ferrari. The brand is not in everyone’s budget, but it is loved by all for its sophistication, its historical significance in Italy and its uncompromising beauty.
Here we give you a gallery of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16M, which should soon be revealed to the public. This Ferrari model has a V8, 4.3 litre engine with 510hp. And if that weren’t impressive enough, the Scudera 16M is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/hr in just 3.7 seconds, along with a maximum speed of 315 km/hr.
We picked up on this review of the luxury Italian motorcar - the Maserati GranTurismo S 2009. And it’s sleek, agressive, sexy and powerful. Charming, for a serious sports car.
Apparently though, according to a study by Hiscox, the sound of a Maserati engine has the effect of turning women on like no other sports car. In fact, 100 percent of the women who took part in the study, which involved listening to a Maserati engine revving, had a significant increase in testosterone production.
This gives a whole new dimension to the Latin lover phenomenon.
Source | Fortune
Somebody did say that they hope Porsche never does anything as crass as this, but I think this snazzy version of the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 coupè has its place in Italian design. Hell, you even get a range of Versace accessories to go with it.
After working on a previous version for charity, Versace and Lamborghini have returned to collaborate on this version, which stands out for the Greek motif on the front, and the interior which includes hand-sewn white leather seats. For car fans, the engine cover is transparent so it can show off its 6.5 V12 package.
The model was revealed in Milan and the accessories include bags, shoes and gloves. For more photos, see below.
Alfa Romeo has just presented its snazzy new offering, the new MiTo hatchback. And as usual, it looks great in red - what other colour could you want for an Italian car? Smaller than the 147, this is a sexy little number from Alfa and forms part of the brand’s re-design. Check out all the Alfa MiTo details on Eurocar Blog, along with a fabulous gallery.