Background information about the Italian sports auto-maker Ferrari and its top models. Ferrari is owned by Italian automaker Fiat and, to a lesser degree, by Mediobanca, Commerzbank AG, Lehman Brothers, and Piero Ferrari.
From their renowned prancing horse logo to countless Formula One racing victories, Ferrari is known as one of the world's most exotic automakers. From the beginning, the sixty-five year old company has been dedicated to being the best and is apparent throughout their lineup of sports cars. They continually redefine the meaning of quality exotic cars.
Ferrari is also known for their small displacement, high output V8 and V12 engines that satisfy those who crave speed and power. From the somewhat 'affordable' Modena to the outlandish grand tourer known as the 612, Ferrari offers a range of cars to tempt even the most demanding auto enthusiast.
The 360 Modena:
The two-passenger, mid-engine, V8-powered 360 Modena continues Ferrari's tradition of high-revving engines. The majority of the structure is made from aluminum, which gives the car its great rigidity. This rigidity is important due to the demands of its 3.6-liter engine, which produces 400 horsepower, and 275 lb/ft of torque. Interior appointments include leather seats, a sunroof, and an optional Navigation system. Occupants are protected by driver/passenger airbags and Traction/Stability Control.
The 360 Modena can also be purchased as a convertible known as the Spider. These two models share the same V8 powerplant and are almost structurally identical, distinguished only by the Spider's chopped top.
Offered only as a coupe, the 575M is ready to race with a front-mounted, 5.7-liter V12 engine that produces 515 horsepower and 434 lb/ft of torque. It is the first to offer Ferrari's F1 transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The classic styling of the coupe, known as the Berlinetta, gives the car that traditional Ferrari look. Occupants are pampered with a lush leather interior with power lumbar supports. Safety features include Traction/Stability control, ABS brakes, and front airbags.
Ferrari's sports car for the 'family' is the four-passenger 612. The power of the mid-engine, 5.7-liter, 540 horsepower, V12 engine is complimented by the all-aluminum chassis. The innovative F1 transmission is offered as well as a 6-speed automatic. This car is for those who lust after the 575M but need to accommodate three extra passengers. Ferrari enthusiasts will love the Pininfarina-designed exterior and will be pampered by the luxurious leather-appointed interior.
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