New and Improved Ferrari Models to Look Forward to in 2014
Although the majority of Ferrari’s current line-up will remain unchanged for 2014, there are two important new models going into production. The 2014 LaFerrari and 458 Speciale will take the Ferrari brand to new heights of speed, power, and efficiency.
Like Cher and Sting, Ferrari’s newest supercar goes by a single name: LaFerrari. This superfast hybrid is sleek, powerful, and aerodynamic. Recently shown for the first time at the Geneva Auto Show, this hotly anticipated car lived up to the hype with a stylish, curvy exterior and efficient engine. Like rival hybrids such as the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, the 2014 LaFerrari runs on a combination of internal combustion and electricity. However, it will have more engine power than either of these competitors at a total reported horsepower of 950. By comparison, the Spyder’s engine is 800 hp and the McLaren offers 903 hp.
To produce this level of output, the LaFerrari combines a 6.3-litre V-12 engine with an electric motor. The engine is mounted behind the dual seats, with the electric motors placed at the back of the car for balance. It’s expected that the car will be able to accelerate from 0-62 mph in under three seconds, and up to 186 in 15 seconds. If you want to take it to the limit, the car should be able to hit speeds of 217 mph. It weighs in at only 2,800 pounds, and is composed of carbon-fibre and Kevlar.
If you like the sound of the LaFerrari, you’d better sign up now, because only 499 of these will be produced.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
Following in the footsteps of the 458 Italia and the 458 Spider, the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale has just been unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. You can click the link to take a look at these earlier Ferrari models and their specifications for a glimpse of what to expect with the brand new 458 Speciale, but it really is a cut above in terms of power. The most recent 458 Italia can reach a top speed of 202 mph and has a 562 horsepower engine, but the Speciale tops this at 597 horsepower and even more refined aerodynamics. The Speciale weighs in at 2844 pounds, down from the 3042 pounds of the Italia. It’s able to accelerate from 0-62 mph at only 3 seconds; and up to 124 mph in 9 seconds.
With its powerful V-8 engine, the new 458 Speciale is focused purely on performance and style. Ferrari says this rapid accelerator will have the highest power output of any naturally aspirated engine on the road today. The car’s constructed from high-tech carbon fibre composite materials, with few internal components to weigh it down. At first glance, the car is smooth and sleek, and you can see why it’s more aerodynamically advanced than its predecessors. It has white and blue racing stripes to stand out from the crowd, along with movable aerodynamic components to help balance its drag and force.
Having recently revealed these two exciting new models for 2014, Ferrari is poised to have a banner year.