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The Finest Horse in the Stable : Ferrari F430 Scuderia [review]

Having waited with baited breath for almost a year, Ferrari finally introduces its latest weapon, the 430 Scuderia. Lamborghini may have launched its Superleggera version of the Gallardo early this year, but instead of immediately crossing swords with their adversary, Ferrari continued careful development of their 430 Scuderia, an Italian name given in tribute to their Formula One “team” who are World F-1 Champions this year.

Porsche's Racing Edge : 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car [review]

photos by Achin Hartmann

The 2010 Carrera Cup season looms and Porsche has readied their latest weapon for the race season, the 911 GT3 Cup Car. Porsche is unique in that it has integrated its Motorsport division into its R&D and production facility. So with the introduction of the latest 997 cars earlier this year, it is not surprising to find the Cup Car being introduced as well.

The Zed lives on : Nissan 370Z Coupe

It is a great relief the next generation Z-car has not grown bigger and heavier as one would expect considering Nissan's target market is the USA. The engineers decided to lower weight and size of the new 370Z while mildly tweaking the power output to suit.

Porsche's First GT3 is a Huge Hit : Porsche 911 GT3 (996 Mk 1) [review]

Hindsight they say is 20:20 and by the time Porsche attempted the 996 GT3 for the first time they had already three generations worth of RS (Porschespeak for Renn Sport) versions. The original 2.7 RS was the true stripped down racer and back then Porsche was certainly not in the luxury game, all their cars being serious driving machines.

996 911 GT3 Redux : Porsche 911 GT3 (996 Mk 2) [review]

It has become clearer now what Porsche has in mind for these specialised models after revealing its new GT3 and GT3RS to the world. Porsche has certainly not forgotten about the RS enthusiast when they killed off the first GT3.

Scorpion King : BRM V12-T-44-Abarth

Sporting spirit, stylish design, strong character and advanced technology: this same explosive cocktail has taken two great companies to the top in their respective sectors. It is only natural, therefore, for Abarth to associate its name with that of famous French watch makers BRM to produce a truly special, limited series watch, personalised with Abarth colours. That watch is the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth.

Ferrari 458 Italia [Release]

The Ferrari 458 Italia, that debuts today at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, is an 8-cylinder two-seater berlinetta with a mid-rear mounted engine, and represents a genuine break with the past in terms of Maranello’s previous high-performance sports cars. Designed to fulfil the expectations and ambitions of our most passionate clients, the 458 Italia continues the Ferrari tradition of putting the thrill into driving as a result of track-derived technological innovations.

Lexus Rocks Hard : Lexus IS-F [review]

What car has four doors, a 400 plus bhp V8 engine, does 0-100 km/h in under 5 seconds and has a top speed over 250 km/h? Could it be the C63/CLS63, M3/M5 or RS4? How about if it has an 8-speed automatic gear box and if it comes from the land of the rising sun? Impossible?

This particular Lexus would not have made it into production were it not for a fortuitous chain of events. First of all the IS platform is an abbreviated version of the GS platform which can accommodate a V8. Secondly, Toyota is heavily into motorsport namely Formula One and the Japan GT series. And last but not least, an enthusiastic engineer by the name of Yukihiko Yaguchi wanted to make a M3 challenger.

LP 560-4 Goes Topless : Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder [review]

Lamborghini has taken on a whole new persona ever since under the aegis of VW-Audi they actually turned in a profit in their very first full year of production. This amazing success was a result of their then all-new Gallardo (pronounced Ga-yar-do which is a breed of Spanish fighting bull). It has taken them two cautious years to bring forth this open top variant called the Gallardo Spyder.

Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION:

This tyre is designed by Giugiaro. It is a pretty unusual tie-up but it has been found that buyers are influenced by the styling of the tread pattern and sidewall.The Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta is from the Netherlands and while widely known in Europe, is largely unknown here. The tread pattern is radical to say the least being basically of two tread blocks a small inner one and a large outer one separated by just a single continuous drainage groove.

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