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The Maserati Granturismo

The Maserati GranTurismo is a two door four seater coupe GT car. It has many of the same parts and features as the Maserati Quattroporte Vand Ferrari 599 GTB. The engine is designed from Ferrari’s 405 PS, which is the same one they use in the 599, and the body is a derivative of the Quatroporte V.

Like all Maseratis there are many different versions of the same car. For the GranTurismo there is the S, the MC, the S automatic, the MC sport line, the sport The, MC Stradale, and the GranCario which has many alterations also.

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The two biggest variances from the base model GT are the MC Stradale and the GranCarbio.

In 2010 The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale debuted at the Paris Motor Show. It was a two seater only and was more powerful than the base model with a 444hp engine. They accounted the boost in HP from reduced friction that resulted from a diamond like coating – a technology derived from formula 1 racing. Also the MC Stadale was much more aerodynamic than any previous GranTurismo. The transmission was switched out, the brakes were switched out, and the wheels were switched out; all resulting in sleeker drive and sleeker looking car.

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The Grancabrio is the most interesting of all the variations in that it had so many variations its self that it could have been its own model! The Maserati GranTurismo GranCabrio is a convertible version of the GranTurismo S Automatic. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and began production in 2010. The Grancarbio Sport was released in 2011 and had a slightly different look to it and a completely new transmission. The GranCabrio Feni was a version designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi. The GranCabrio MC was a four seater open top with improved aerodynamics a slightly different look 20 inch MC rims and a few alterations to the engine.
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The Maserati GranTurismo was one of the most popular Maseratis. With so many variations in such a short time how could it not be? There was a flavor for everyone.

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the ferrari mondial

The Ferrari Mondial was designed to replace the Ferrari 208/308 GT4. The Ferrari Mondial was produced from 1980 to 1993. The name Modial comes from Ferrari’s own history; that is the 500 Mondial race car Ferrari made in the early 1950’s. The Ferrari Mondial was on of Ferrari’s most successful creations and sold around 6,100 Mondials over the course of the three year production duration. Interestingly enough the car got really poor reviews after its release by many magazines in 1981. With in two years Ferrari increased the performance of the Mondial and orders for the car skyrocketed.

The Ferrari Mondial underwent many alterations resulting in variations of models. There was the Ferrari Mondial 8, the Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole, the 3.2 Mondial, and the Mondial t. Each were modified for different releases of the model.
The Ferrari Mondial 8 was the first, it was released in 1980 and its production lasted until 1982. This was the one that caught criticism from the US magazines. It was a 2+2 coupe with a 3.0L V8. It used a modified engine of the 308GTi yet under preformed in comparison. Despite all this, its considered to be a practical Ferrari with relatively low maintenance costs in comparison with most Ferraris.
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The Ferrari Mondial Qualtrovalvole was produced from 1982-1985, and was the revamped and revised Mondial regarding “performance issues.” They did this by altering the valve heads and making it a four valve system as opposed to the two vale system in the Mondial 8. In 1983 a Cabriolet style was added into production. Only 629 units were produced which makes this the rarest of all Mondials.

In 1985 the Ferrari 3.2 Mondial was realized. It has a bigger engine hence the name; a 3.2 L engine, and thus produced more horse power. It also boasted a more ergonomic layout for the interior. And had ABS brakes.

The Ferrari Mondial T was the last variation of the series. It was called the “spear head of a new generation of V8 Ferraris.” This  variation was the most different one from the others. It under went many cosmetic and mechanical changes. But out of all the changes the engine/transmission layout was the biggest and most significant to Ferrari as the “T” shaped layout would be used for many years after going into the late 90’s.

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the ferrari mondial

The Ferrari Mondial was designed to replace the Ferrari 208/308 GT4. The Ferrari Mondial was produced from 1980 to 1993. The name Modial comes from Ferrari’s own history; that is the 500 Mondial race car Ferrari made in the early 1950’s. The Ferrari Mondial was on of Ferrari’s most successful creations and sold around 6,100 Mondials over the course of the three year production duration. Interestingly enough the car got really poor reviews after its release by many magazines in 1981. With in two years Ferrari increased the performance of the Mondial and orders for the car skyrocketed.

The Ferrari Mondial underwent many alterations resulting in variations of models. There was the Ferrari Mondial 8, the Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole, the 3.2 Mondial, and the Mondial t. Each were modified for different releases of the model.
The Ferrari Mondial 8 was the first, it was released in 1980 and its production lasted until 1982. This was the one that caught criticism from the US magazines. It was a 2+2 coupe with a 3.0L V8. It used a modified engine of the 308GTi yet under preformed in comparison. Despite all this, its considered to be a practical Ferrari with relatively low maintenance costs in comparison with most Ferraris.
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The Ferrari Mondial Qualtrovalvole was produced from 1982-1985, and was the revamped and revised Mondial regarding “performance issues.” They did this by altering the valve heads and making it a four valve system as opposed to the two vale system in the Mondial 8. In 1983 a Cabriolet style was added into production. Only 629 units were produced which makes this the rarest of all Mondials.

In 1985 the Ferrari 3.2 Mondial was realized. It has a bigger engine hence the name; a 3.2 L engine, and thus produced more horse power. It also boasted a more ergonomic layout for the interior. And had ABS brakes.

The Ferrari Mondial T was the last variation of the series. It was called the “spear head of a new generation of V8 Ferraris.” This  variation was the most different one from the others. It under went many cosmetic and mechanical changes. But out of all the changes the engine/transmission layout was the biggest and most significant to Ferrari as the “T” shaped layout would be used for many years after going into the late 90’s.

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the ferrari mondial

The Ferrari Mondial was designed to replace the Ferrari 208/308 GT4. The Ferrari Mondial was produced from 1980 to 1993. The name Modial comes from Ferrari’s own history; that is the 500 Mondial race car Ferrari made in the early 1950’s. The Ferrari Mondial was on of Ferrari’s most successful creations and sold around 6,100 Mondials over the course of the three year production duration. Interestingly enough the car got really poor reviews after its release by many magazines in 1981. With in two years Ferrari increased the performance of the Mondial and orders for the car skyrocketed.

The Ferrari Mondial underwent many alterations resulting in variations of models. There was the Ferrari Mondial 8, the Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole, the 3.2 Mondial, and the Mondial t. Each were modified for different releases of the model.
The Ferrari Mondial 8 was the first, it was released in 1980 and its production lasted until 1982. This was the one that caught criticism from the US magazines. It was a 2+2 coupe with a 3.0L V8. It used a modified engine of the 308GTi yet under preformed in comparison. Despite all this, its considered to be a practical Ferrari with relatively low maintenance costs in comparison with most Ferraris.
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The Ferrari Mondial Qualtrovalvole was produced from 1982-1985, and was the revamped and revised Mondial regarding “performance issues.” They did this by altering the valve heads and making it a four valve system as opposed to the two vale system in the Mondial 8. In 1983 a Cabriolet style was added into production. Only 629 units were produced which makes this the rarest of all Mondials.

In 1985 the Ferrari 3.2 Mondial was realized. It has a bigger engine hence the name; a 3.2 L engine, and thus produced more horse power. It also boasted a more ergonomic layout for the interior. And had ABS brakes.

The Ferrari Mondial T was the last variation of the series. It was called the “spear head of a new generation of V8 Ferraris.” This  variation was the most different one from the others. It under went many cosmetic and mechanical changes. But out of all the changes the engine/transmission layout was the biggest and most significant to Ferrari as the “T” shaped layout would be used for many years after going into the late 90’s.

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ferrari f355

The Ferrari F355 was produced May 1994 to 1999 is was made to replace the Ferrari 360. It is a mid-engined,rear wheel drive V8-powered two-seat coupe, tara, and convertible. The design was focused on being able to be drivable across a “range of speeds and  environments.”  Essentially it was designed to be an everyday driver.
The idea behind this car is “comfort” and “sport.”

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The 355 Berlinetta was a 6-speed manual and a year later became available with the F1 gearbox.  4,871 of these models were produced, or which 1,042 were F1 transmissions.

The F355 Spider was introduced in 1995m its Pininfarina-penned lines honed by 1800 hrs in a wind tunnel  This version proved to be the second most popular of the 355s, 2,048 of them were produced.

The 355 GTS was introduced  in 1995 and had a removable hard top. All other specs were identical. A total of 2,577 GTSs were produced.

There were two other models make. the F335 challenge, which was essentially a race car, and the Serie Fiorano, which was a higher end sports model.

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The 335 Delivered exactly what it proposed to. With its 375 hp, 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph, it really was a comfortable  sports car.

Jarama

The Jarama was made from 1970 to 1976.  The car was named after the Jarama Bullfighting region in Spain, but ended up with a double meaning because it’s also the name of a racing circuit near Madrid.  In 1970 Lamborghini had to alter the Islero to meet US regulations, but instead of just redesigning the car, they designed a completely new one. The new car was also created due to the lack of the successes with the Islero. It was made with shorter chassis to meet US standards. Two different models were made, the GT ( 350 bhp) and the GTS (365 bhp).

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Some Tech info:

The engine was a V12, Front Mounted, DOHC per bank  with 2 valves per cylinder.  The carburators were 6x Twin-throat Webers 40 Dcoe 20-21.  It had a 5 speed all-syncro gear box with a single dry plate, hydraulically operated clutch.  The suspension was front and rear fully independent with double transversal wishbones, coil springs and telescopic Koni shock absorbers.
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This car never really made it big, and was the last front motor for a GT that Lamborghini has made.  It is, although now, a trip down memory lane, and still a fairly fun drive.
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ferrari f40

The F40 was created to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, and is probably the most sought after Ferrari in the world.  Everything about this car is impressive. From the race car looks to the engine that rockets this unbelievable thrilling car.  It was built from 1987 to 1992 and was the successor of the 288 GTO.  It was personally approved by Mr. Enzo Ferrari himself.  When It was released it sold for around $400,000 about $800,000 in today’s money, and have been known to auction for over 1 million USD.

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The development kind of started in 1984, but under an idea for a new model of 288 gto. It was never completed but some work was used in the development of the F 40.

Tech Specs:

The engaine was a 2.9 L version of the GTO’s twin turbocharged V8, and until 1990 it did not have a catalytic converter when us regulations made Ferrari put one one.  The Suspension had the same set up as the double wishbone system that the GTO had, but with major upgrades in parts, and it allowed the car to be raised due to the fact that the car was so low.
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The interior and body was made up of kevlar, aluminum and carbon fiber – one of the first cars to use carbon fiber. Also they used plastic for the windows and windshield. And although the car had the air conditioning, it lacked other items such as a radio, door handles glove ox, leather trim, carpets, or door panels. This was to keep the weight down.  The first 50 cars had set windows, and later they produced ones with windows that could be rolled down.

The body was built with really only Aerodynamics in mind, and a lot of aerodynamic tests was done on this car.

There was a non-sponsored version of the car called the Competizione, only 10 were built. 
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The F 40 was the first legal production car to break 200 mph and only had 2 competitors to its thrown – the Porsche 959 and the Lamborghini Countach.  It held the record for some years as the worlds fastest production car at 201.4 mph and later with minor alterations would reach 226 mph.

This is one of the cars that comes to mind when someone specks of Ferrari, and many consider it to be the worlds best supercar, even though a lot has changed since this car was in production.

Ferrari 308

The 308 is a  perfect embodiment of the 1970’s. The car had the slick angular style and aggressive attitude . Although the car was very popular very few variations were made in comparison to other Ferraris; the few variations that were made were quite interesting.
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In  1975  the 308 was shown at the Paris motor show and soon after was released for production with two distinct variations – GTB and GTS. It has a tube frame with a separate body. Both cars are very much mechanically similar. They had a V8 with twin overhead camshaft which was transversely mounted with the transaxle transmission. it had single coil ignition system. They had a synchromesh 5 speed manual transmission with a limited slip differential clutch.  The suspension was all independent, coaxial coil springs, double wishbones,  hydraulic dampers, and with anti-roll bars. The design was by the famed Pinifarina.
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The GTB differed greatly in the body material in that it was made of glass-reinforced plastic. Which made it much lighter that the steal body of the GTS.  The performance of the GTB was 0-100 in 15 seconds and a top speed of 159 miles per hour.
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Other variations in clue the  308 GTBi/GTSi the 308 quattrovalvole and the 288 GTO which was introduced towards the end of the production . The 288 is considered to be ferraris first super car and most of the design was borrowed from the 308. It was turbocharded and had a bigger spoiler along with other modifications.  There was also the 208 GTB and GTS, although they were mainly sold in italy and never quite made it to the us.

Lamborghini Huracán

The Lamborghini Huracán is interesting because it was designed to replace Lamborghini’s most successful and produced car, the Gallardo. So far its shown immense potential and has done well enough to call it now and say that the speculation of the replacement was well estimated.
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The Huracan (which means Hurricane in Spanish)  made its debut at the Geneva Auto in 2014, there was an incredible amount of buzz building hype behind its release. The car held up to all of it, and like its name sake torn through projections as orders were placed for production.

Some specs:

Engine:5.2 L naturally aspirated Audi/Lamborghini  v10   that was taken from the Gallardo and tuned to 610 ps. It has both direct fuel injection and multi-point fuel injection, which is the first time this has ever been used in combination.   It has a start-stop system

Performance:  The  top speed hovers right over 202 mph, and its 0-62 in 3.2 seconds and 0-124 in just 9.9 seconds. It has an electronically controlled all-wheel drive system which shows in the overall handling and performance of the car.  But one can notice the system’s effects at launch.  Controlling the suspension is a magnetic system that utilizes magnetorheological dampers for very quick changes to how the suspension acts.

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With all this control of power it handles around tracks faster than any other Lamborghini produced.

There have been three production models so far STRADA, SPORT and CORSA. There has also been a model made for the Italian police department and the  Huracan LP620-s Super Trofeo, which is a rear wheel race car version.

There are a few other things to mention about this car. For one the HD interface has 3D graphics powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 card, google earth navigation and a Multi Media interface that’s just really impressive and intuitive compared to a lot of others that have come out stock on cars as of late.  It’s also the worlds first production car to employ inertial navigation system which uses accelerometers and gyroscopes.

So far around 1,213 have been produced, and if it keeps up they will do Gallardo numbers.

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This car really is a technological marvel and it truly keeps the tone of what a Lamborghini is suppose to be – a GT car that is superb in luxury without losing the passion Italian racing cars are none for.