In the supercar stakes, modern Ferrari’s passion for sales and profit has left styling a little behind. But, with more effort, the firm can still produce a car that drops jaws. Such is the case with the Ferrari F12tdf.
The name of this F12berlinetta derivative honours the Tour de France road race in which Ferrari enjoyed a purple patch during the 1950s and ’60s. Maranello plans to build 799 of the 769hp monsters – a run sufficiently large for the marque to throw in a lot of new tech.
The 6.3-litre V12 engine up front propels the supercar to 100kph in 2.9 seconds, and it borrows the one-piece brake callipers seen on LaFerrari.
Liberal use of carbon fibre substantially reduces overall weight, while an aggressive bodywork profile increases downforce by 87 per cent.
And a new active rear-axle system, dubbed ‘Virtual Short Wheelbase’ reduces oversteer, ensuring that owners reach their destination with all four corners of their beloved sportscar intact.
Abarth’s compact car has racing spirit
For those seeking high performance in a more easy-to-park form, Abarth has introduced its latest Fiat 500 derivative, the 595 Yamaha Factory Racing edition. Very much the potent café racer, the 595 produces 160hp from its 1.4-litre T-Jet straight-four engine and gets the full treatment with lowered suspension and Koni shocks.
It has all the usual lovely Abarth detailing, too: full leather interior, flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminium pedals and conspicuous badging. These are somewhat hidden away behind privacy glass – but with its Record Monza exhaust, you’ll hear it coming.
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