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22-year old grabs first Aventador for extra $71,000

A 22-year-old engineering graduate, Dhiaa Al-Essa, became the first person in Saudi Arabia to take delivery of the new 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. To bypass the car’s 18-month waiting list, the youth reportedly paid an additional $71,000 on top of the car’s $387,000 base price. Obviously, Al-Essa is not tight on cash, which may have a lot to do with the £1.5-billion estimated worth of his family.

The Lamborghini is just one of many exotic supercars that Al-Essa owns, which looks like a laundry list of the latest and greatest and includes a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Koenigsegg Agera, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, Rolls-Royce Phantom sedan, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California, Porsche 997 GT3 RS, Porsche 997 Turbo Spyder, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, BMW M5, BMW X6M, BMW X5M, Audi R8, and Maybach 62. His collection has an estimated value of $12 million.

Which car does Al-Essa like the most? According to an article posted on Metro.co.uk in 2010 before he acquired at least the Koenigsegg and the Aventador, his favorite ride was the Mercedes SLR McLaren because of the way it looks and drives and its reliability.

[via SWNS.com]

Dhiaa Al-Essa with Lamborghini Aventador

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Ferrari plans enhancements for 2012 California

According to Car, Ferrari has a round of subtle enhancements in store for the 2012 Ferrari California. The 4.3-liter V-8 will now produce 30 more horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque for a total of 483 hp and 373 lb-ft. It will also have 66 less pounds to move thanks to new lighter alloys used in parts of the chassis. As a result of the power gain and reduction in weight, the zero-to-60-mph time has reduced from 3.9 to 3.85 seconds. Optionally available is a Handling Special package, which features faster reacting dampers and faster responses from the electronic control unit that determines when those dampers will change their viscosity.

These changes will join a variety of smaller tweaks including the availability of a silver fleck grille and new bigger in-car hard drive.

2012 Ferrari California

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India gets luxury marques and plenty of sticker shock

Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin have all recently announced that they will open new showrooms in two of India’s wealthiest and most populated cities. Unfortunately, at least for the rich people that reside there, the cost of luxury is much higher in India. Federal taxes on imported cars are more than 100 percent of the car’s retail price. Despite some sticker shock that could nauseate some wealthy Americans, India’s growing wealth equals a great opportunity for these luxury marques.

Lamborghini has held a stake in India since 2006, when Exclusive Motors started importing cars into the country, specifically into the city of Delhi. The dealership in Delhi will now compete against a new dealership in Mumbai from AutoHangar, which owns the principle Mercedes-Benz dealer in the same city. The two dealerships will contend for the 8–10 Aventadors that Lamborghini has reserved for the country. The new Lambo flagship will fetch approximately 40,000,000 Indian rupees, or a face-slapping $900,000.

Lamborghini Aventador

Unlike Lamborghini, this is Aston Martin’s first push into the country’s luxury marketplace. Aston Martin held a ceremony just days ago to celebrate plans for two new dealerships to be run by Infinity Group. The entire Aston Martin range except the Cygnet will be up for grabs through dealers in Mumbai and Delhi. Like the cars from Lamborghini, prices may shock some Americans. For example, the Aston Martin Vantage will fetch 13,500,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $305,000; the new four-door Rapide’s price will equate to nearly $500,000; and the rare One-77 will cost 200,000,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $4,520,000.

Like its competitors, Ferrari hopes to be selling news cars out of Delhi and Mumbai in the very near future. Unfortunately, its range will cost just as much: a California will cost 22,270,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $500,000; a 458 Italia will run 25,660,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $580,000, and the 599 GTB will require 33,710,000 Indian rupees, or nearly $760,000. The cars will be offered through the Shreyans group, which will also be working with Ferrari’s sister brand, Maserati, to bring the GranTurismo, Quattroporte, and GranCabrio to India this year.

India, like China, experienced massive GDP growth in 2008 and 2009 when other parts of the world went into decline. As a result, the number of high-net-wealth individuals—individuals with investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, collectibles, consumables, and consumer durables—grew by nearly 51 percent.

[via Wall Street Journal, AutoCar India, Indian Cars Bikes, and World Wealth Report 2010]

Ferrari FF

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Video shows aftermath of a Ferrari California getting sideswiped by a bus

No one was hurt in an accident involving a pristine Ferrari California and a tour bus in Los Angeles, California. A video taken at the scene shows the extent of the damages to the Ferrari California and the car’s brutal drag onto the back of a flatbed tow truck.

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Posted on: 3/14/2011 at 5:52 AM
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Exclusive footage of the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance with Tom duPont

Follow duPont REGISTRY’s publisher, Mr. Tom duPont, as he gives us an exclusive tour of the “duPont Registry Live!” hangar party at the 5th annual Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance. Despite the relatively short run of the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance, it has already garnished a lot of media attention due to the large number of its first-time car sales, which includes the first 2010 Ferrari California and 2010 Audi R8 V-10 5.2 FSI Quattro in 2009 and the 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia and 2011 Audi R8 Spyder in 2010. This past year the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance offered the first Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster, which duPont REGISTRY purchased and will be adding to its museum, and the first Audi R8 GT.

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Posted on: 3/8/2011 at 4:39 AM
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Ferrari talks about model lineup, wait times

Ferrari told Motor Trend that it plans to introduce a new model every year—a move that follows what Lamborghini announced a year and a half ago—but still retain a lineup of four models, which equates to each model having a four-year model cycle. To accomplish this goal without introducing an all-new vehicle every four years, Ferrari wants to offer refreshed or “Modificato” facelifts (like the California M scheduled for 2013) along with its normal array of Spyders and track cars.

The company plans to continue to offer two “versatile” models like the 612 Scaligetti and the California and two performance models like the 458 Italia and 599 GTB but may widen the difference between its models in the future. It also wants to introduce a new supercar in the same vein as the Ferrari Enzo, F50, et cetera every ten years or so.

Ferrari also mentioned that hybrids are in its future but won’t be ready for mass production for at least another five years and that Ferrari is only looking at the technology because government regulations are placing demands on the company to meet certain CO2 and fuel consumption guidelines.

Another item on Ferrari’s to-do list is to cut the wait time for its vehicles to less than one year. Currently people interested in owning a new Ferrari may have to wait up to two years to take delivery of their cars. In order to cut wait times Ferrari hopes to build its cars faster, but not necessarily build more of them.

[via Motor Trend and AutoCar.co.uk]

Ferrari 458 Italia

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Ferrari and Maserati future models revealed

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne announced yesterday the product plan for the Ferrari and Maserati lineups up to 2014. The future Ferrari models include the 458 Italia Spider and new 612 Scaglietti (code: F151)—which may also offer the hybrid technology first shown in the 599 Hybrid concept—for 2011, special-edition series Enzo and an all-new 599 Fiorano (code: F152) for 2012, and a 458 Scuderia and a makeover for the California in 2013 (code: California M).

The future for Maserati is less robust. It plans to offer only two new models in the next four years. One unnamed model will bring the brand downscale and is designed to compete directly against the Mercedes-Benz E63, BMW M5, and Audi S6. The other model will replace the Quattroporte as the marque’s four-door sport sedan and cost a bit less than the car’s current base price of $119,000.

[via Jalopnik]

Ferrari 599 Hybrid Concept

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Ferrari California will offer a manual transmission

Maybe some of you read our 2010 Ferrari California overview. Maybe some of you saw that we included a six-speed manual transmission as an offering in the technical specifications. Maybe some of you thought we were crazy. Well, Ferrari is indeed going to offer the California with a six-speed manual transmission. The car with gears shifted manually will be a tad slower than the car that changes gears through the seven-speed dual-wet-clutch transmission. Zero-to-60 mph will take 4.2 seconds, approximately 0.3 seconds slower than the DSG-equipped car. Gas mileage will also take a hit, with an average return lowering from 17.8 miles per gallon to 15.8 miles per gallon. So is the feeling of the clutch and the clink of gear shifts worth the penalties in performance and gas mileage?

[via Autopareri.com]


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Posted on: 3/24/2010 at 3:55 AM
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Ferrari CEO confirms upcoming models

In an interview with Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa, GoAuto was told what we can anticipate from the exotic-car brand in the future. He confirmed that a 458 Italia Spider will go on sale next year, a 599 Hybrid will be unveiled at Geneva—something chairman Luca di Montezemolo has already told us, that a lighter and more-powerful 599 GTB Fiorano GTO is on the way but a 458 Italia “Scuderia” is not currently in the works, and that an Enzo replacement will be making its debut soon as a left-hand-drive-only supercar.  

Felisa also went into detail on the how hybrid technology will integrate into the Ferrari model line:

“The test mule has been running for a year now and it will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 25 percent. We will present the new concept of the hybrid at Geneva. It will be based on the 599, but that doesn’t mean it will debut on that model. We have a plan to introduce new technology on our cars that will reduce consumption and emissions. The next step is to apply the technology on Ferrari cars.

The technology is not ready. The suppliers are not ready. Everything is underdeveloped. There is a lot of work to so. It is not for tomorrow. We haven’t decided when it will be introduced. It will be around that period 2015, but not before five years. The new hybrid technology can be applied to all Maranello’s sports cars, including those that are front- or mid-engined or fitted with V8- or V12-engines. If we move on the hybrid I think the technology is applicable on all our models.

The first production fuel-saving technology will debut on the California in 2011. If you couple direct-injection with other technology a fuel consumption and emissions reduction of up to 15 per cent is possible. Then there is cylinder deactivation, stop-start, electric motors for certain functions, we will launch the first of these on the California next year.”

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[via GoAuto.com.au]

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Thieves take off with new California

We normally don’t like to bring you somber news, but this story stands out because this may be the first Ferrari California stolen since its release in late 2009. According to police, thieves used screwdrivers to break into a Brooklyn home’s basement where they encountered a 12-year-old girl. Convincing her that they were firemen, she led them to her 17-year-old brother. The crooks then forced the two children and a house maid into a bathroom while they ransacked the house. On their way out, the bandits grabbed the keys to the family’s black 2010 California, which was parked in the driveway. It was unclear if they noticed the family’s other car, a Maserati, that was parked across the street. Police found the car abandoned four miles away. 

[NYPost]

Stolen 2010 Ferrari California

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