Jumping on the success of another similarly named car from France, the rightful heir to the Ferrari supercar legacy has arrived in the form of the positively stunning Ferrari LaFerrari. Easily the most anticipated debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari inherits the powerful lineage of the 288 GTO, the F40, the F50 and the Enzo and takes the Prancing horse into a new realm of design and technology.
First, let’s talk aesthetics. Incorporating design cues from the F50, the Enzo and the current 458 Italia, the body of the LaFerrari is as functional as it is beautiful. The ultra-light carbon fiber body, produced using F1 techniques, has been sculpted in all the right places. From the deeply vented trunk lid to the huge fenders to the muscular flanks of the rear engine cover, the LaFerrari is both fluid and beastly. We especially love the wonderful bean sprout side mirrors, which are elegant and set high to get past the rear haunches.
Most importantly, though, the LaFerrari will perform with aplomb. It’s powered by the most potent V12 ever in Ferrari road car, and uses a HY-KERS (Hybrid Kinetic Energy Recover System) hybrid electric drive system, adding 160 hp to the already whopping 789 hp 6.3-liter V12. It will take well under three seconds to get from 0-60; 124 MPH takes a whole seven seconds; and top speed means 217 MPH. This kind of power, coupled with massive carbon ceramic brakes and lightweight calipers, computer controlled aerodynamics and state-of-the-art dynamic control systems, should result in some pretty wicked track performance — which will probably only be fully exploited by the Ferrari test drivers. The ridiculously wealthy 499 customers who can afford it, on the other hand, will more likely be claiming it as a total insurance loss when they blow it into the weeds because their egos outweighed their driving abilities. Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect that will easily exceed a cool million. Our only gripe is the name. At least they didn’t slap on the founder’s middle name and call it the Ferrari Anselmo.