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Summary: 'Esperienza Ferrari,' enabled participants to experience the engineering and sophisticated design of Ferrari models- GTC4Lusso and 488 Spider. Oommen John P reports

Alfardan Motors, the official importer of Ferrari in the Sultanate, organised an exclusive driving event -- Esperienza Ferrari -- enabling participants to experience Ferrari's GTC4Lusso and 488 Spider models on Muscat roads.

Select journalists got an opportunity to experience the full power and handling of the newest model Ferrari GTC4Lusso and the Ferrari 488 Spider at the exclusive Ferrari Esperienza test drive event recently. A thorough briefing on the vehicles performance, handling and innovation was conducted before the start of the event at Al Bustan Palace Hotel by professional Ferrari instructors flown in from Maranello, Italy.

Mohamed El Zawawy, assistant general manager of Alfardan Motors said, "Ferrari vehicles deliver unparalleled performance and it is most apt that this event, 'Esperienza Ferrari', allowed clients and members of the media to experience the brand's outstandingly exceptional models, GTC4Lusso and the 488 Spider, in a very special way."

Ferrari's GTC4Lusso

Innovation, versatility, performance, sportiness and elegance have all been given an entirely new meaning, thanks to the way they merge seamlessly in the GTC4Lusso. Powerful yet sophisticated, sporty yet luxurious, Ferrari's new 12-cylinder really does make every journey a radically different experience. Whether being driven solo or with all four seats occupied, the latest addition to the Ferrari range puts people at the centre of a whole new world. It couples four-wheel drive with a four-wheel steering system to deliver formidably sporty performance even in very low grip conditions. In short, this is a sublimely refined, stylish car that will get its occupants to even extreme destinations in superb comfort.

It is a car designed for clients wanting to experience the exhilaration of Ferrari driving anywhere, anytime, anyhow: short spins and long journeys, snowy mountain roads and city streets. Its 12-cylinder engine delivers smooth, consistent power and punches out 690 cv at 8,000 rpm at full throttle. Both its 2.6 kg/cv power-to- weight ratio and its 13.5:1 compression ratio set new records for the category.

Ferrari's 488 Spider

Ferrari's 488 Spider, is the most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top along with the highest level of technological innovation and with cutting-edge design.

Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture.

This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari's models, this is a car that is aimed squarely at clients seeking open-air motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.

Every area of the car has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector: from the aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell to the new turbocharged V8, aerodynamics that reconcile the need for greater downforce with reduced drag along with the specific cabin air flow demands of an open-top car, and vehicle dynamics that render it fast, agile and instantly responsive.

Beneath the engine cover throbs the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. Its performance levels are nothing short of extraordinary: a maximum power output of 670 CV combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm at 6750 rpm send the 488 Spider sprinting from 0 to 100 km/ hr in three seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/hr in 8.7 seconds. This is also an exceptionally efficient engine as it is not only 100 CV more powerful than the previous naturally aspirated V8 but also has lower CO2 emissions.

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Publication:Oman Economic Review (OER)
Date:Jul 16, 2017
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