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Paris Motor Show: Ferrari 458 Speciale Drops Its Top

Sep 27 2014 11:05 AM | Fiat News
Ferrari's showing for the Paris Motor Show is the Ferrari 458 Speciale A. The 458 Speciale A (Aperta) is the convertible version of the 458 Speciale and features most of the the lightweight materials found on the coupe. The difference is the addition of a folding aluminum roof which can open or close in 14 seconds, and only adds about 110 pound to the weight of the Speciale A.

Power comes from a 4.5L V8 engine which makes 605 horsepower and 397 pound-feet of torque. Ferrari says the 458 Speciale A can hit 60 MPH in about 3.0 seconds (about a tenth slower than the coupe). The Special A also features Ferrari's Side Slip angle Control (SSC) system which varies the torque distribution to improve handling.

Ferrari says t...


Luca di Montezemolo Steps Down As Ferrari Chairman

Sep 10 2014 02:15 PM | Fiat News
Ferrari's long standing chairman Luca di Montezemolo announced today that he will step down from the company on October 13th. Taking his place for the time being will be Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Montezemolo has a long and storied career at Fiat and Ferrari. He started at Fiat before moving to the prancing horse in 1973. There he became Enzo Ferrari's assistant. A year later, he was named head of the Scuderia (racing division) the following year. Montezemolo worked hard and helped the team reach great success. Because of his efforts with Scuderia, he was name head of Fiat's racing activities. In 1991, Montezemolo was named chairman of Ferrari.

However, Montezemolo and Marchionne have been clas...


Turbos and Hybrids Are In Ferrari's Future

Jun 24 2014 02:45 PM | Fiat News
The balance act of performance and emissions is difficult to say in the least, but Ferrari thinks they have figured it out. According to Vittorio Dini, Ferrari's Powertrain Director, the company plans on increasing performance while reducing CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2021.

"Our average CO2 emissions are currently about 270 grams of CO2 per kilometer. We want to use all the available technologies to reduce emissions by 3 percent each year, which means approximately a 20 percent decrease by 2021," Dini said to Automotive News Europe.

How does the company plan on pulling this feat off? By using turbocharging and hybrid systems. Ferrari is turning to downsized V8 engines paired with turbochargers. Case in point is...


Alfa Romeo 4C Gets A Pricetag For The U.S.

Jun 14 2014 11:05 AM | William Maley in Fiat News


Alfa Romeo has announced the pricing and some specifications for the U.S. spec 4C. The model when it arrives later this year to the eighty-six Alfa Romeo dealers will have a base pricetag of $55,195 (includes a $1,295 destination charge). Differences b...



Sergio Marchionne Asks You To Pass On The Fiat 500e

May 27 2014 03:05 PM | William Maley in Fiat News


When was the last time you ever heard the CEO of a major automaker say don't buy our car? Never? Well Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne may be the first one.    Reuters reports that Marchionne told an audience at the Brook...





Rumorpile: Alfa Romeo Becomes A Standalone Company

Apr 28 2014 12:30 PM | William Maley in Fiat News


Another chapter in the Alfa Romeo story appears to be forming. Automotive News Europe has learned from sources that Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is considering making Alfa Romeo a standalone firm, much like Ferarri and Maserati. This means...



2015 Fiat 500 Lineup Gets Some Updates

Apr 08 2014 07:35 AM | William Maley in Fiat News


Fiat has announced some changes are incoming for the 2015 500 lineup.    For starters, the 500 Turbo and Abarth models will now have the option of a six-speed automatic. Previously both models could only be equipped with a five-speed manual....