Ferrari’s 5 Greatest Cars Under Luca di Montezemolo
It’s unquestionably the end of an era. Luca di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari, will step down from his position after 23 years at the helm of the world’s most recognizable car brand. While it hasn’t exactly been a fairytale for Ferrari’s F1 program as of late, the same can’t be said about its road car division and the goodies it has been cranking out. These are some of the best five cars to come from the Italian automaker with with Luca behind the wheel. Ferrari 360 Modena 1999-2005
Cars rarely age well; that’s why classics are classics and everything else is … not. There is no doubt that the 360 Modena fits the former grouping. Nearly 10 years gone, the 360 has aged quite well and can certainly pass for a current model to the undiscerning eye.
Equipped with a potent 3.6-liter V8 and a six-speed gearbox in either manual or ‘F1’ electrohydraulic manual guise, the 360 is fast by today’s standards and was blistering in its time. Ferrari even gave a special 360 Barchetta version to Luca di Montezemolo as a wedding present. Lucky guy.
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2000 - 2004
Aside from the Bugatti Veyron, no other car has captivated automotive fans in the last decade quite like the remarkable Ferrari Enzo. When it bears the name of the company’s founder, it ought to be good right?
It is. Ferrari only built 400 of these supercars but bestowed each one with a barnstorming 6.0-liter V12, good for 660 horsepower. It packed F1-inspired aerodynamic wizardry and would eventually birth the hardest of hardcore track day monsters – the knife-edged Ferrari FXX.
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Ferrari 458 Italia
2010 – Present
The Ferrari F430 was a stunning car in terms of performance and styling. Then the 458 came along, and people haven’t stopped singing the F430's praises since.
Shifts are faster thanks to its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and power is greater, courtesy of the bombastic 570-horsepower 4.5-liter V8. And soon Ferrari will serve it up with a side of turbochargers.
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2012 - Present
In light of the brand's greats – the 250 GTO, the 365 Daytona, and the lot – some of the marque’s grand tourers tend to fade from memory a bit prematurely, your 456s and your 550s. This won’t.
The F12berlinetta pairs drop-dead looks, the slipperiest GT body Ferrari has ever built, and a raucous V12 for a complete package that borders on hardcore automotive pornography. 0-60mph? Try 3.1 seconds.
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2013 - Present
It’s part of the latest and greatest hypercar threesome: McLaren vs. Porsche vs. Ferrari. We’ll take the LaFerrari.
A scarce 499 LaFerraris will roll out of the firm’s Maranello, Italy, production facility, each boasting an F1-derived KERS hybrid system. That hybrid tech wallops output up to 950 horsepower, at least until the track-tuned LaFerrari XX debuts. 0-60mph? Less than 3 seconds. 0-186mph? 15 seconds. Good job Luca, good job!
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