LaFerrari, the gorgeous Ferrari Enzo successor, just made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show — Ferrari calling the machine the “maximum expression” of what defines the automaker. The odd moniker, LaFerrari, means “THE Ferrari,” to appropriately set expectations.
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The car sports a high-revving V12 engine mated with a much-anticipated electric motor to provide extra horsepower and prove Ferrari a part of the new industrial-environmental movement – a hybrid, vehicle featuring a HY-KERS system (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), charging the batteries through regenerative braking as well as the main engine.
That main V12 engine displaces 6.3-liters, has a peak power output of 789hp while the electric motor adds an extra 160HP, pushing the car’s total power to 950HP and peak torque over 664 lb-ft with both powerplants working in tandem.
LaFerrari can sprint from 0-62 mph in under three seconds, 0-124 in seven seconds, and 0-186 mph in 15 seconds, before topping out at 217 mph. The LaFerrari is unlike anything previously seen from the company. The automaker says its creation is the fastest in its long history.
Design-wise, LaFerrari is a well-proportioned and handsome machine. Clearly the automaker was heavily influence by young auto-design student Samir Sadikhov who in mid-2011 placed second in the Ferrari World Design Contest with his “Xezri” concept — see previous Faustian urGe article.
Sadly, as with the Enzo, these LaFerrari cars will only be made in the hundreds (499 in this case), so chances are most people will never see one on the street. And, telling of the new inequality worldwide, even at $1.69 million per copy (base price…surely some will want some customization), the LaFerrari has twice as many orders as it will fulfill — sold out twice over at its introduction.
“That is why Ferrari is the icon of the automotive world. To own and drive the Ferrari is the pinnacle of a man’s dream to caress visual beauty. The sound of a Ferrari excites to the very core of testosterone driven urges and stands you on your toes, reaching for more. The only thing missing? The Autobahn.”
LaFerrari – official launch video