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Ferrari FF
February 10, 2011

I absolutely love what Ferrari are doing nowadays, after nearly 15 years of boring 360’s, 430’s and 612’s they finally brought us the beautiful 458 in 2010. Not that I’ve had first hand experience with a 458 but I hear they are absolutely fantastic to drive, I ogled at one for a good hour at the Ferrari garage in Lyndhurst on my Birthday last year, it simply looks stunning, a completely fresh look for Ferrari – thats for sure.

So recently Ferrari have come out with a replacement for the rather dull 612, their big 4 seat grand tourer. It’s called the FF, which stands for Four wheel drive and four seats. It is Ferrari’s first four wheel drive car and their first ever shooting-brake design.

Again, this is completely revolutionary for Ferrari, nevertheless it looks amazing. Some of the best looking cars ever made follow the shooting-brake design, my favourites include the Jensen Interceptor, Volvo 480 and Lynx Eventer.

Comparing this car to its rivals then, well it is about the only car in its class that doesn’t look like a stretched supercar. That ridiculous Porsche Panamera looks like a stretch armstrong 911 and the Aston Marin Rapide looks like a DB9 thats been inflated.

The Ferrari then, with its 6 litre V12 engine and near perfect weight distribution looks to be the leader in its class, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and a top speed on 208 mph is unbelievable. In my head and dream garage it looks great parked next to my 458 Italia.

Paris Motorshow: Yawn.
October 29, 2010

The Paris motorshow is generally considered one of the best of the year because manufacturers unveil their concept cars and supercar manufacturers often bring out their best of the best. However looking over the highlights this year I found myself yawning at the sight of everything. a new Ford Focus for example, when the Focus was initially introduced it was radical it was curvaceous, sharp and a very balanced design, it has tamed itself in years since but the new one is just simply dull, it could be a Vauxhall or a Kia even. Even Lotus, who normally produce very distinctive cars have faded into the norm with the Elite, pictured below, it looks like a Ferrari 458 met a Toyota Celica met a Mazda RX8.

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The similarity in some classes of car now is crazy, look at the Jaguar XF, Vauxhall Insignia and Lexus IS, I challenge you to distinguish one of these 3 cars coming up behind you on the motorway from 50-100 yards, its impossible, even from side on. I think I know why to; the side panels are bare, too smooth, nothing for the eye to settle on.

There are only three new cars on the road at the moment that really catch my eye, the retro styled Fiat 500, which is impossible to not see and smile, the Citreon DS3, which is an interesting mix of angles and colour choices and finally the Citreon C6, I’m not sure whether this is a beautiful car or I just watch it incase a french assassin jumps out.