Say hello to the all-new Purosangue (poore-oh-sang-way). A tongue twister of a name, it means “thoroughbred” in Italian. True to its pedigree, Ferrari has kept the fundamentals of this hallowed brand intact, despite breaking a few traditions. It’s the first four door Ferrari in history and comes with an SUV-like ground clearance.
But calling the Purosangue an SUV is blasphemous (for Ferrari). It’s a radical departure from the SUV template followed by Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin and is more of a high-riding coupe.
Ferrari may have stepped out of its comfort zone by jacking up the ride height and adding an extra pair of doors, but this has unwittingly made the Purosangue the perfect Ferrari for India. Let’s start with the 185mm ground clearance which makes it an everywhere car, not just one for curated drives on hard-to-find smooth roads.
What’s unique are the Purosangue’s rear-hinged doors, which open wide. (Remember your granddad’s Fiat?) This makes getting in and out easy for rear passengers who don’t have to stretch out to shut the door. That job is done with the press of a button.
The place to be in any Ferrari is the driver’s seat, and the Purosangue’s cockpit is certainly the business. From the elevated driving position, you can see well beyond the long bonnet. The chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel is great to…
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The EV market sorely needs more affordable models, but there’s still plenty of money to be made from premium ones. This is why so many expensive EVs are still being launched, and even new luxury brands. The latest company to throw its hat in the ring is the Italian newcomer AEHRA. Starting with an electric SUV that doesn’t look like one, AEHRA hopes to deliver an unparalleled luxury driving experience. But in an increasingly crowded market, can it compete?
The first SUV product from AEHRA was officially launched in Italy around a week ago. The company is saying it’s an SUV, but the cab-forward design and low stance really bely that categorization. In fact, while looks are always subjective, as SUVs go the AEHRA is rather beautiful. It’s not a “classic” retro throwback, nor does it have the typically chunky look of most SUVs. Instead, it has sleek, angled lines that are highly futuristic. The only hint that it’s an SUV rather than a hypercar is the relatively high roof and black wheel arches, filled with large wheels that have plenty of space for travel.
AEHRA has also maximized the wow factor by equipping its SUV with Lamborghini-style doors that the company calls “Elytra”. These open upwards, which is something that will always catch the attention of passers-by. The falcon wing doors of the…
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Last Thursday on roads north of Malibu, I had 90 minutes behind the wheel of the first production Pininfarina Battista, with chief engineer Paolo Dellacha riding shotgun.
With 1726 lb. ft. of instant torque generated by four inboard-mounted electric motors, a “super-brain” carefully metering and adjusting power sent to each individual wheel at any given moment to maximize speed and agility, Battista proves beyond doubt that in its post-Ferrari era, Pininfarina has its mojo back.
With the launch of Battista, Pininfarina fulfills the family’s nearly century-old dream of not just being carrozzeria for other carmakers, but of manufacturing their own brand of automobiles.
At the close of my drive, I executed two acceleration runs in the most aggressive calibration, “Furioso,” in…
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The name Ferrari is synonymous with the image of a red, fast and speeding hot car! Most of the models from the house of Maranello feature the iconic red colour. The supercars from the Italian car manufacturer can be identified by their red colour amidst a bunch of other exotic vehicles parked together. Even the most iconic models from the makers ranging from the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta to the Ferrari 296 GTS, all feature the red colour. However, over time, there have been many shades of red colour like Rosso Barchetta, Rosso Berlinetta, Rosso Corsa, Rosso Fiorano and many others.
But why are all the Ferraris red in colour? Well, not all but most of them. Here’s the answer:
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Why are most Ferraris red in colour?
In the early 1990s, about 85% of Ferraris had red liveries, the most renowned of which was the Rosso Corsa, which is widely regarded as the ultimate Ferrari colour. The red colour is still seen on the majority of Ferraris today. But what is the obsession with red?
Ferrari has always been associated with the colour red, with the Rossa Corsa being the most famous example. However, it is not just for aesthetic reasons why the colour is used so frequently. According to Scuderia, the association of red with Ferrari dates back to the early twentieth century, when race car rallies had rules requiring each team to paint their vehicle in the national colour. Green cars were painted in the United Kingdom, blue in France, and red in Italy. It is to be noted that red is also present in the Italian flag.
Ferrari had to use red paint on the body of their race cars because they were an Italian firm. Enzo Ferrari, the company’s owner, had a deep passion for racing and regarded it as a way to…
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A legendary 1974 Lamborghini Countach faces off to the latest McLaren Artura hybrid supercar, as a 1967 Toyota 2000GT gazes across the hall at a brand new Nissan Z and electric Hyundai Ioniq 5. This is a car show where classic meets modern in the rawest sense of the word. Now in its seventh year, the Automobile Council event (which took place from April 15-17) is a smorgasbord of automotive delights spanning nearly 100 years. Held at the massive Makuhari Messe complex around 30 minutes east of Tokyo, this rare event brings the past, present and future automobile genre together.
It is the only event in Japan, and one of only a handful in the world that boast a combination of carmakers debuting new models, while dealers and owners exhibit some of the most legendary supercars of all time.
To find out how this event came about, I asked co-organizer and classic car aficionado Masafumi Seki for a brief explanation. “Simply put, we started this event to create a new style of car culture in Japan. To achieve that goal, we thought it was necessary to understand the origins of where modern cars came from. Having this knowledge and interest when you drive new or classic cars enables you to enjoy them more,” he says.
“Europe and the U.S. have each created their own unique car cultures over the last century, but here in Japan, a country that focused heavily on making new cars since the late 1960s, I feel that kind of car culture is somewhat backward or should we say underdeveloped by international standards.” I know what he means. Italy has its prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the U.K. has its Goodwood Festival of Speed and the U.S. holds the exotic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event each year among many others. Japan does have its own peculiar style of car culture that includes “drifting,” fast turbocharged sports cars, and “itasha” cars that are heavily decorated with manga or anime characters. It was this type of culture that influenced the creators of the Fast and Furious movie franchise, and yes, this culture did resonate amongst a large international audience of younger fans who yearned for reasonably priced fast cars. But what Seki and his team are trying to do is to strengthen the passion for and understanding of where modern cars came from through concentrated flashbacks to the legendary super cars and classic cars of yesteryear.
To arrive at a menu of classics for each event, Seki told me that he conducts a questionnaire every year that asks potential event-goers what kind of cars they would like to see. “The vast majority of those 50 and over say they’d really like to revisit their childhood dreams and see classic supercars in the flesh,” stresses Seki.
So the organizers put a great deal of effort each year in to collecting cars that generate high interest amongst the largest cross-section of attendees. But to also generate interest in those enthusiasts looking to buy a car, organizers invite carmakers to display their latest and greatest cars. This aspect of the event can often lead to one or two carmakers debuting brand new models in what they call a ‘world premier.’ For example, two years ago, Mazda unveiled its all-new MX-30 SUV mild hybrid making the Automobile Council part motor show, part concourse and part museum.
As I entered the hall, the first stand that greeted me was a rare one indeed. The Alvis Car Company of England had a substantial presence on the floor with some 6 cars, all of them classics in their own right. Based in Coventry, Alvis started building cars from 1919 and closed its doors in 1967. In 2017, the firm announced it would offer limited edition models like the 4.3-liter model, 72 years after the last model was produced. Two of the stand’s highlights were the Bertelli Sports Saloon from 1936 and the elegant 3.0-liter Graber Super Coupe, which the maker still builds in small numbers for prices clearing $500,000.
Revealing the depth of the Automobile Council, Honda chose this show to celebrate the Civic’s 50th anniversary since the model was first sold in the U.S. Having sold some 27 million units over five decades globally, making it one of the world’s most popular entry-level runabouts, Honda celebrated by displaying a first-generation Civic as well as a ‘Yamato Civic’ that raced back in the 1970s.
The theme at the Mazda stand featured a tribute to the brand’s long history and successes in motor sport, focusing on achievements like the 1991 Le Mans 24-hour victory in the 4-rotor powered 787B race car. Displayed at the stand were legendary vehicles like the Cosmo Sport Marathon de la Route which placed fourth in the 1968 “84-hours of Nurburgring Endurance Race” as well as the Familia Rotary Coupe which won the All-Japan Suzuka Automobile Grand Cup race in 1969. Connecting the past to the present and future, Mazda also displayed a world premier version of a bespoke MX-5 called the Mazda Spirit Racing Roadster boasting a unique 4-toned livery and a huge rear wing.
Next door at the Porsche stand, the German company displayed historically significant models like the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and 911SC as well as the latest fully electric Taycan Turbo S. At a nearby stand, another exhibitor enhanced Porsche’s presence with his rather special dark-green 356.
Adjacent to Porsche was a tribute to the Nissan Z, with a 1970 Datsun 240Z, a 1982 Datsun 280Z, a 1989 300ZX and, once again, connecting these historical cars to the present, a brand new 400-hp Nissan Z pointed towards the future of the Japanese brand’s sporty heritage. Z fans must thank Nissan USA’s first president, Yutaka Katayama, who, in the late 1960s, saw the potential of a beautifully designed, fast, reasonably-priced sports car and forced his Nissan bosses back in Japan to give the green light for production.
In front of the Nissan stand stood a tribute to Germany’s famed DTM racing series. Seki and other event organizers commented that this influential race series is not known well in Japan so they wanted to try to change that perception and lift its presence by displaying cars that are based on production vehicles such as the BMW M3, Mercedes Benz 190E EVO II and a race winner in the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI.
But without doubt, the star attraction at this year’s show for me were the three Italian classics sitting in the middle of the hall, and all penned by legendary Italian designer Marcello Gandini. Breathtakingly gorgeous and looking more like works of art than sports cars, a bright orange Lamborghini Countach sat next to a dark red Lamborghini Miura, one of the world’s most desirable super cars and a classic that featured in the opening scene of the 1969 movie “The Italian Job.” Then on the opposite side of the Italian stand sat a shocking green colored De Tomaso Pantera penned by Gandini in 1971.
Facing the Italian pedigrees were a collection of supercars that followed the theme of ‘classic meets modern,’ namely a 1975 Maserati Bora and a brand new mid-engined Maserati MC20 packing a 621-hp twin-turbo V6 and priced at around $216,000. Apart from being drop-dead gorgeous, the Bora is a car whose claim to fame is that it was penned by another legendary Italian designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign and it was the first Maserati to employ 4-wheel independent suspension.
Rival supercar maker McLaren was also present, displaying its all-new 671-hp twin-turbo V6 Altura supercar boasting the maker’s first-ever plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Other classics that graced the event this year were a Lancia Delta Integrale, BMW 2002, Ferrari Dino, an Aston Martin DB5 valued at 83 million yen ($640,000) and a Toyota 2000GT valued at 100 million yen ($770,000).
To be honest, it’s great to see manufacturers launching their new electrified cars like the McLaren Artura and Porsche Taycan, vehicles that inspire a new generation and reply to the planet’s need for CO2 reduction. But visitors to this show have really come to take a trip down memory lane, and see their favorite legendary cars, in the flesh, cars that graced their walls in poster form when they were teenagers. And what memories they are. So what poster did you have on your wall?
Lamborghini, the Italian supercar maker has rolled-out its 20,000 Huracán, an STO model in Grigio Acheso Matt for a client in Monaco. The Huracán Super Trofeo Omologata (STO) is the top-of-the-line Huracán road car with racing performance. First launched eight years ago in 2014, the Huracán became the most successful Lamborghini ever, with a wide range of versions: 12 road and 1 racing version. Here’s a look at the journey of Lamborghini through all these years and some interesting facts-
Since 2014, 71% of customers have chosen the coupé versions and 29% the open-air derivatives. Top of the markets is the United States, where more than 32% of all Huracán versions have been delivered in the last eight years, followed by the UK and Greater China.
More than 60% of Huracáns delivered have featured Ad Personam customization drawing on a vast palette of colours, trims and special materials. The Ad Personam program now offers around 300 exterior colours, but a customer can always request a unique option. Customers in central Europe, Japan and UK are the most inclined to tailor-made customization.
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2014: the first coupé version, LP 610-4
The first Huracán coupé (LP 610-4) debuted at the 2014 Geneva motor show with four-wheel drive, 610 hp, acceleration from 0-100 km/h of 3.2 secs and a top speed of 325 km/h. Innovations included Lamborghini ANIMA drive mode selection, on-board gyroscope LPI system, dual fuel injection and LEDs lights throughout the car: an industry first in the super sports segment. The Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder was unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 is the same as in the coupé and develops 610 hp. The 0-100 km/h sprint is covered in 3.4 seconds and the top speed is 323 km/h.
2015: Huracán LP 580-2, a two-wheel drive experience
Compared to the LP 610-4, it differs in that it has a lower-powered engine and rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. It has the same 5.2-litre V10 as the 610-4 but with power reduced to 580 hp and torque of 533 Nm. Thanks to the absence of four-wheel drive, Lamborghini’s engineers have achieved a weight saving of 33 kg compared to the Huracán coupé, at just 1,389 kg. Top speed is 320 km/h. A Spyder RWD variant of the Huracán LP 580-2 was unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November 2016. The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 is the same as the coupe and develops 580 hp. A 250-off, limited edition Avio model in 2016, celebrated the aviation and aeronautic inspiration in Huracán styling.
2016: the Huracán Performante debut
The 640 hp Huracán Performante stormed into markets in 2016: with Lamborghini’s patented ALA active aerodynamic innovations, it took the Nordschleife Nürburgring lap record for production cars and won awards around the world. In 2018, the Huracán Performante Spyder took the zenith of Huracán developments: the sublime combination of peerless technological innovation, performance and open-air driving. Like the Performante coupé, the Spyder outputs 640 hp at 8,000 rpm, producing 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 9.3 seconds.
2019: the new Huracán EVO
In 2019, the Huracán EVO ‘evolution’ debuted. The distinctive design defined the aerodynamic superiority and enhanced driving dynamics of this new model taking the 640 hp and extraordinary abilities of the Performante combined with rear-wheel steering, torque vectoring and LDVI with predictive logic. The EVO Spyder adopted the next-generation vehicle dynamic control and aerodynamics developed for the coupé, with the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine uprated for a higher power output and incorporating Titanium intake valves.
In 2020, the Huracán EVO Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) was presented delivering 610 hp of power at 8,000 rpm and 560 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm to a lightweight car with rear-wheel drive and dynamic steering for maximum driving fun. The Huracán EVO RWD has a top speed of 325 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. In the same year, Automobili Lamborghini was the first automotive brand to use Augmented Reality (AR) for the virtual launch of a new model, the Huracán EVO RWD Spyder. Using Apple’s AR Quick Look, the company brought its latest V10 super sports car directly to customers and fans worldwide.
2021: the Huracán STO
The Huracán STO (Super Trofeo Omologata) launched in 2021 delivered Lamborghini’s motorsport experience and know-how in a homologated road car. It has been inspired by the Huracán EVO Super Trofeo developed by Squadra Corse for Lamborghini’s own race series, as well as the Huracán EVO GT3, three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona and two-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring. With its 640 hp naturally aspirated V10 engine generating 565 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the rear-wheel drive Huracán STO delivers exhilarating acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 9.0 seconds, and a top speed of 310 km/h.
2022: the Huracán Tecnica
The latest in the Huracán family, unveiled in April 2022, is the Huracán Tecnica: the next-generation rear-wheel drive V10, developed for pilots seeking driving fun and lifestyle perfection on both road and track. Taking its engine from the Huracán STO, with an increase of 30 CV over the Huracán EVO rear-wheel drive (RWD), the powertrain delivers 565 Nm of torque at maximum 6,500 rpm and improved acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.
“At its unveiling we said that with the Huracán, Lamborghini is writing the next chapter in its great history,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “The Huracán has delivered an evolution of design, technological know-how, driving adventures, track records and sales records since its launch. It was designed as a car to provide super sports emotion in every environment, from daily driving to thrilling performance on track.”