Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 sold out for the first year of production

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 9, 2011

Ferrari SpA, Fiat SpA’s most profitable unit, will target wealthy families and golf bag- toting sports-car enthusiasts when it introduces the four-seat FF, the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive.Ferrari aims to build 800 of the FF annually, with the first year of production already sold out, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said in Geneva today.

The car will be priced at 260,000 euros ($359,000).“Four-wheel drive is a revolution for Ferrari,” said Fabio Barone, 38, chairman of the Passione Rossa owners’ club, who has two Ferraris. “You can finally drive a real Ferrari, with its extreme performance, to take your family skiing.

”Supercar sales are growing amid renewed optimism in the finance industry after the U.S. economy expanded 2.9 percent last year, the most in five years. U.S. sales of the world’s most expensive cars, a category that includes Ferraris and spans sticker prices from $200,000 to $400,000, may surge 146 percent this year after dropping 40 percent in 2010, according to Lexington, Massachusetts-based IHS Automotive. Lamborghini unveiled its Aventador supercar at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car will be the Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy-based carmaker’s most powerful series production vehicle ever.The Aventador, which has an engine that surges to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.9 seconds, will replace the Volkswagen AG brand’s top-of-the-line Murcielago.

The supercar, priced at $370,000, is also sold out for its first year of production.Ferrari in 2010 posted a 13 percent increase in sales in the U.S., the biggest market for supercars. Employees at big Wall Street banks continued to outpace other professions in earnings even as they took modest pay cuts in 2010.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

At Lamborghini, its vehicles always feature a design that reflects its imposing power and excellent dynamics. That is very true with the Lamborghini Aventador – from its dynamic proportions and its taut muscularity to its precise surfaces and exact lines.

The Aventador measures 4.78 meters (188.19 in.) in length, 2.26 meters (88.98 in.) in width -- including the exterior mirrors -- and 1.136 mm (44.72 in.) in height. Truly, the Aventador is undeniably a Lamborghini. This design language was carefully and meticulously conceived and developed by the designers at Centro Stile Lamborghini to endow the Lamborghini Aventador with a credible visual edge. All elements of this innovative design – its lines, surfaces, sharply honed front end, low roofline and characteristic rear diffuser – have their particular functions.

While every form of the Aventador is influenced by the incessant demand for speed, its overall look is also stunningly fabulous. Lamborghini chose to house its latest flagship in a full monocoque, which means that the entire occupant cell – including the tub and roof – has become one single physical component. With this construction, Lamborghini is able to make sure that Aventador is as highly rigid as it is extremely safe. Moreover, this monocoque is one of the reasons why the Aventador is light.

Made from carbon fiber, the monocoque only weighs around 147.5 kilograms (325.18 lb). Together with the front and rear Aluminium frames, the monocoque offers extreme torsional stiffness of around 35,000 Newton meters per degree at a weight of only 229.5 kilograms (505.9 lb). Representing many of the main functional yet stylish elements on the new Aventador are its doors that open upwards to allow easy ingress or egress.

These upward opening doors had their debut at the iconic Countach, and then appeared on V12 models that followed, such as the Diablo and the Murciélago. Moreover, the design of the new Aventador also has some similarities with the Murciélago, its immediate predecessor. This is particularly true with electronically managed air intakes that open in keeping with the outdoor temperature and air cooling needs.

Lamborghini has made optional a transparent engine bonnet that would practically display its powerful 12-cylinder engine to the curious public. This high-revving yet very compact and lightweight (at just 235 kilograms or 518 lbs.) 12-cylinder engine is especially developed for the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 by ingenious engineers at Lamborghini's R&D Department. This powerplant was developed to generate 515 kW (700 hp) of max output at 8,250 rpm and 690 Newton meters (509 lb-ft) of peak torque at 5,500 rpm.

Since this v12 engine exhibits a well-rounded torque curve and spontaneous responsiveness, as well as elegantly dynamic acoustics, it is a suitable powerplant for the Aventador. Once the driver or the passenger enters the cabin of the Aventador, he or she will be surely mesmerized by the spaciousness of the cabin, the use of premium materials, the innovative technological features, generous equipment and the perfect Italian craftsmanship.

For instance, the interior features a next-generation dashboard similar to that found in a modern airplane. A TFT-LCD screen is used for displaying instruments while a second screen is employed for the multimedia and navigation system. The start button, meanwhile, is enclosed by a red switch cover on the broad center tunnel.

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