Alright, so, you have around 4 crores strewn around in your Carter Road mansion, and you are bored of your run-off-the-mill Audi A8L with its mundane 6 cylinder diesel. Sure, you can stretch your legs in the backseat and dose off while Ramu Kaka chauffeurs you around town. But no, You don’t always want that. You want to drive on your own. You want the pleasure of listening to that visceral scream of the engine right behind your ears. You want something that appeals to the heart instead of your head. You want to be gawked at when you stop at the lights, and then leave the mere mortals in rubbery smoke. Poise, curves, a rev counter that sets your heart racing, and a heritage that filled many a book. You know what I’m talking about. Its the Prancing Horse, its Ferrari.
When you buy a Ferrari, you just don’t buy a car. You buy a piece of history. Each car (well, almost each) is a masterstroke in automobile technology, and now, you can buy them through official channels in India.
Earlier this year, Ferrari had opened the gates to its spanking new New Delhi dealership (which, by the way, is the only thing I am liking presently about Delhi). They have also announced the pricing on their models.
The economical one, heck, who am I kidding, they all start at well over 3 crore rupees.
We start with the California T, which was the first model to have borne the new F154 coded 3.9 litre TwinTurbo V8 that’s good for 560 PS and 755 Nm of torque. Its a big improvement on the oft criticised California and is even 15% greener. Not that you’d want one in green. You aren’t Jay Kay. You want it in RED. This one is priced at a cool 3.3 crore rupees, ex-showroom Mumbai.
After that, we have the brand new, and as I’m writing this, sold-out-in-India 488 GTB. This is Ferrari’s latest entry into the midengined, agile, sports car market. It’s based on the 458 Italia. Its 3.9 liter TwinTurbo V8 makes an astounding 670 PS and 760 Nm of torque, which makes it go from standstill to three digits in 3 seconds, dead. Yes, three. Improvements over the 458 include 40 percent more torque and 50 percent more downforce while keeping the drag down from the Italia. This piece of modern machinery will burn a 3.84 crore rupee hole in your pocket, excluding taxes.
If you feel 8 cylinders are too less, and you want to have the pleasure of having a car that has the V12 from the LaFerrari, or an Enzo (suit yourself, really), you could go for the F12 Berlinetta.
A slight technical insight for those who aren’t aware of this, but, V12 engines are one of the smoothest engine configurations you could ask for. They are inherently in primary and secondary balance, and that’s the reason Rolls Royce and Maybach use them.
Anyway, coming back, this 12 cylinder monster of a car produces an almost maddening 740 PS and 690 Nm of torque, which will push you all the way to 365 kph if you find yourself a road suitable for the job. The F12 costs a dear 4.72 crores ex-showroom, Mumbai.
Also launched are the prices of two of Ferrari’s slightly older models, the 458 Spider and the 458 Speciale (pronounced as speseeaali).
The 458 Spider is essentially the droptop version of the 458 Italia. It has a retractable hardtop, and Ferrari claims that it is as quick as the Coupe variant. The 458 Spider will cost you 4.07 crores before taxes.
As I said before, we also have the 458 Speciale, which was a midcycle refresh on the 458 Italia. It now produces 605 PS from the atmospheric V8 and is capable of speeds excess of 330kph. The Speciale will cost you 4.25 crores, ex-showroom Mumbai.
So, there we have it. You now have the full spectrum to choose from. You can have a front engined tourer, a convertible GT car, or something you want to scare the pants off every race car with. Ferrari is now officially here. Come on! Start spending already!