FERRARI DINO

Some Ferrari stories start with an engine, and the story of the very pretty little Dino road car is no exception. In the 1950s Ferrari’s development team, which included Vittorio Jano and Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo, were involved in a program of developing a V6 engine for racing. Initially the unit had a capacity of 1.5-litres with a 60-degree angle between the bore centres, designed to power a Formula Two car. Subsequently the engine was altered slightly by increasing the bore centre angle to 65 degrees, and in this form… Read more

2018 FERRARI PORTOFINO REVIEW

Ferrari Portofino is named for a fishing village on the Riviera coast in Italy, a name we feel is much is more appropriate than Ferrari California, the model the Portofino replaces. Portofino is the entry level model in the Ferrari range. ‘Entry level’ that is if your automotive budget is under half a million dollars, indeed you can pick one up for just under $400,000 plus on-road costs. STYLING Top up, or preferably down, Ferrari Portofino is simply brilliant from any angle, perhaps the best looking of all the Italian… Read more

MORE POWER LESS WEIGHT FOR NEW FERRARI 488

Ferrari Australia has unveiled its latest Super Series model, the track-ready 488 Pista coupe and convertible. The 488 Pista is a direct descendant of Ferrari’s first ever mid-mounted V8 the 308 GTB which was launched in 1975. It joins the 488 GTB that arrived here in 2015 but with a more powerful engine and lighter body for significantly improved performance. Ferrari 488 Pista was developed primarily for road use but as the name Pista suggests (it’s Italian for track) it is track ready and this is likely to be its… Read more

FERRARI DINO CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Saturday 30th June 2018: More than 150 Ferrari Dinos from all over the world flocked to Maranello, Italy for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the debut of the iconic Dino in 1968. On Saturday, the cars arrived in the forecourt of the Maranello Museum, then headed to the Fiorano track, where the cars paraded together. At midday, the Dinos drove into the factory where the customers were given a special tour. At the end of the afternoon the Dinos were driven one car at a time under the… Read more

ALL-NEW FERRARI PORTOFINO PREMIERED IN BYRON BAY

The Ferrari Portofino Grand Tourer replaces the California in the Ferrari lineup. It takes its name from the famous village of that name on the Italian Riviera. It’s powered by a 600 horsepower, turbocharged, high-revving, 3.9-litre V8 driving through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Portofino can reach 100 km/h from rest in 3.5 seconds, get to 200 km/h in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 320 km/h. This stunning grand touring Ferrari has a retractable hardtop that can be opened or closed in just 14 seconds and on the… Read more

RED LETTER DAY FOR FERRARI LOVERS

Tim Schenken is still Australia’s only Ferrari factory driver. Hopefully we will see others in the future

Ferrari has announced that Australia’s only ever Ferrari factory driver, Tim Schenken, Schenken will lead a parade of more than 100 Ferraris from Albert Park, Melbourne’s home of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, on Tuesday 10th October. He will be at the wheel of a Ferrari 70th Anniversary limited edition LaFerrari Aperta as part of the famed Italian marque’s official 70th anniversary celebrations. Tim Schenken’s Ferrari racing career began in 1971 when he was signed up by Enzo Ferrari in a Monza hotel (where else!) to driver Ferrari sportscars…. Read more

FERRARI PORTOFINO: FIRST DETAILS

Ferrari Portofino is the replacement for the long-running Ferrari California T convertible. More powerful, lighter and stiffer than its predecessor the Portofino features a turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 producing 600 horsepower (445 kW). Though it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds the sleek Portofino is aimed at the grand tourer market rather than being an out-and-out sports machine. With seating for four, though the two in the back will ideally be on the small and tolerant side, the big Ferrari convertible has a folding hardtop that… Read more

FERRARI 275

Ferrari’s two-seater Gran Turismo Berlinetta models were considered classics and the first model in the family was the 275. It was from this series of models that the marque’s later supercars developed. With a body by Pininfarina it introduced new features not previously seen in road-going Ferraris such as all-independent suspension and a five-speed gearbox mounted as a single unit together with the final drive so as to counterbalance the extreme forward positioning of the engine. First shown at the 1964 Paris Motor Show the Ferrari 275 featured a twin-OHV… Read more

FERRARI 812 SUPERFAST

Don’t you just love the way the uninhibited Italians at Ferrari do things? Our very favourite vehicle at this year’s Geneva Motor Show is the Ferrari 812 Superfast. That’s right, Superfast. No nonsense in shouting out what it’s all about here – the Italians say it’s Superfast because that’s what it is. It’s also bright red, has a big V12 engine and sensational styling. Superfast, there we’ve said it again, is here to begin the celebrations of Ferraris 70th anniversary. It’s the replacement for the much admired Berlinetta. The 6.5-litre… Read more

FERRARI GTC4 LUSSO UNVEILED IN SYDNEY

The Italian word ‘lusso’ translates into ‘luxury’ in English so Ferrari Australia’s choice of a multi-million dollar Sydney harbourside mansion as the venue for the southern hemisphere debut of its equally luxurious new GTC4 Lusso couldn’t have been more appropriate. Among the dignitaries at the launch was Flavio Manzoni, Senior Vice President of Design at Ferrari who penned the original sketches of the Lusso. He had previously worked on a range of models including the F12 Berlinetta and California T. The GTC4 Lusso replaces the previous Ferrari FF, so named… Read more