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Italian triple threat


The Geneva International Motor Show features three stylish Italian sports cars.

FERRARI has given its California a new heart and in doing so has attached the ‘T’ for turbo symbol to its badge. The engine is an all-new turbocharged V8 that produces 412kW and a massive 755Nm of torque.

The California T sprints from zero to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds to 200km/h in 11.2 seconds.  Carbon emissions have been cut to 250g/km on the combined cycle, a 20% reduction versus the previous California.

The Lamborghini Huarcán LP 610-4 is the replacement for the Gallardo, so it’s safe to say that this is an important car for the bull maker. The vehicle itself makes use of carbon fibre and aluminium to keep its weight down to 1 422kg.

 Its light weight and 5.2-litre 448kW/560Nm V10 mean this ‘baby’ Lambo can hit 325km/h, 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds and 0-200km/h in just 9.9 seconds while using a claimed 12.5 litres/100km.

A soft-top version of Alfa Romeo’s sublime 4C has been produced. The 4C Spider Design Preview weighs in at some 60kg more than its hardtop sibling thanks to reinforcements such as rollover bars. It is said that the 4C has not lost any rigidity as result of losing its top.

 The 4C Spider Design Preview gets a new dual-stage central exhaust system with titanium and carbon tailpipes by Akrapovic. It also receives new headlamp and alloy wheel designs.

The same 1 750cc turbo-petrol engine drives the rear wheels via a six-speed, dual dry-clutch Alfa TCT transmission. Performance figures are a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.5 seconds and top speed of over 250km/h.

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