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Limited edition version of Ferrari 812 Superfast pictured for first time, still nameless

A track-honed version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast is coming soon.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari
Sure, there's been plenty of spy photos, but the first official photographs of the Ferrari 812 Superfast have finally dropped, giving enthusiasts some intel on a car that just a few of them will be able to afford and even less will be able to purchase. The photos come ahead of the car's debut, which is set for May 5.

Ferrari has yet to decide on a name for the car, at least publicly. All they're saying now is that it's a special version of the 812 Superfast. Changes to the car, for its limited edition run, focus on honed-in 812 characteristics. The current 812 Superfast is billed as the "fastest and most powerful" Ferrari to date. This new version could be even more powerful.

Ferrari 812 Superfast special edition

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The Italian supercar manufacturer says that the new car "encapsulates and epitomizes the company's 70-plus years of experience on the world's circuits". Ferraris, according to the company, are best known for their "performance, form, and function" and this new model will include "numerous uncompromising engineering solutions to guarantee peerless driving pleasure".

This new car will feature Ferrari's V12 engine, which produces 819 horsepower, and revs to 9,500 rpm, the highest of any Ferrari with an internal combustion engine. It has class-leading vehicle dynamics thanks to four-wheel steering and an ultra-connected drive experience. The seventh iteration of Ferrar's side slip control vehicle dynamics system debuts on the new model. There's new front air intakes, rear diffuser, and exhaust configuration all as a means of enhancing downforce.

High- and low-tech solutions play into the performance of the new car. Aerodynamicists formed the car to a shape that is unprecedented for a road car. The typical rear window has been changed out for a single-piece aluminum structure. Lightweighting has been done in various places including the door panels where a new design weighs less and gives the cockpit a sportier look.

In the new photos, Ferrari shows that the special series has a personality that differentiates its from the 812 Superfast. This was achieved by generating unique styling themes. A carbon fiber blade traverses the hood of the car and emphasizes the width of the car. The tail of the model has a unique look that gives the car the look of a fastback and includes a higher spoiler.

Stay tuned for details from the full review.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

Nissan

The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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