At the end of a year that most people will fondly remember for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, or perhaps for what was an uncharacteristically spirited World Cup performance by the England football team, those of us who debase ourselves with impure thoughts of turbochargers that glow red hot will instead look back on 12 months of the most remarkable new performance cars. In what has unquestionably been a vintage year, these are our favourite driver’s cars of 2018. Continue reading >>>
You could say the 2018 Paris Motor Show is as notable for what isn’t there as what is there. Absentees include Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ford, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen and Volvo, among others.
Monterey Car Week is a true pilgrimage for car people, something serious enthusiasts should attend at least once in their lifetime. Whether you want to watch the world’s most significant race cars tear around Laguna Seca Raceway, don your best pastel-colored slacks and hobnob with the rich and famous at the Pebble Beach Concours, or see the best of the worst at the Concours d’Lemons, Monterey has something for every car fan. Continue reading >>>
Road & Track columnist Peter Egan once wrote, “Cars are considered to be an art form, yet the Mona Lisa, I’ve noticed, never needs a cooling system flush or new brake pads.” Automotive design has been an integral part of the car industry since the 1920s, when GM began to develop the first year-over-year changes to their cars’ visual appearance. As makes and models have evolved, so have the varying design languages associated with them—with varying degrees of success.
If your family is anything like mine, going on a road trip generates plenty of interesting conversation. In many families, those conversations often end with intense bickering, due to heated opinions.
I’m lucky because our conversations tend to revolve around cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re not heated.
When the topic of cars that still look great after a couple decades came up, there were two distinct opinions .
The conversation began when a late model Ferrari California drove by while we shopped in the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.
Our daughter thought the Ferrari was a Porsche and pointed it out first. Thus began the Great Debate of 2015.
Sometimes you just don’t question a 12-year-old.
“Hey Dad,” my son said, “have you heard about the 3-seat Ferrari?”
Of course I told him he was wrong and that Ferrari has never built a 3-seater. A Ferrari with a bench seat wouldn’t make any sense—it would be like a pickup without a bed.
Well, the little guy proved me wrong by directing me to an article describing a rare Ferrari 3-seater, which will be up for auction next month at the Pebble Beach Concours. The 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale has earned the nickname of “Tre Posti” for its three front seats.
Then my little guy shocked me again with news of a 4-door Prancing Horse.
I spent the majority of the afternoon yesterday hanging with some new friends at the Ferrari/Maserati dealership in Seattle, and all I got was a hat.
An exotic car dealer is nothing like your run-of-the-mill Chevrolet dealer. The showroom is more like an art gallery, with strategically placed cars sitting behind placards that display the model name, some highlights and available options. One would almost expect the cars to sit behind red velvet rope.
The prices at a Ferrari dealer aren’t as evident as they are for shoppers at a Chevy dealer, but that’s to be expected when the wares for sale cost upwards of $250,000. Even the certified used cars have a special place, right alongside their later-model cousins.
The Ferrari F150.
If you’re imagining a Rosso Corsa pickup with 4-wheel-drive and a Prancing Horse logo, I politely ask you to get your head out of the gutter.
Ferrari’s F150 is no truck.
If the name sticks, the F150 will become what’s also been known as the F70, or, more familiarly, the successor to the great Enzo. What you see above is the best tease so far of what’s in store and, design-wise, it already puts the Enzo to shame.
If there are deities in the car world, the Ford Mustang and Ferrari Enzo might be candidates for the top job. Both have reached legendary status, have legions of fans and have spawned many years of devotional writings and devout followers.
Both the Mustang and the Enzo are about to undergo changes and reveal all-new versions, and both have been spotted in cloaked disguises on the streets of their respective countries.
Like hidden sentinels, these gods of all things automotive will surely redefine their categories… as soon as the cloaks come off.
January in Detroit.
Winter’s icy clutch casts a cold, gloomy and bleak shadow across the Motor City. There’s not much that can break the spell, except for the eventual, but guaranteed, arrival of Spring.
January 2013 might be a little different. Not because a change in the weather pattern is in order, but because a sudden, unexpected hot streak blowing in from Italy has just entered the forecast.
Suddenly January in Detroit looks pretty inviting.