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Ferrari unveils the smoking hot LaFerrari

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That menacing yet beautiful car you see in the photographs is the LaFerrari, the latest, and incidentally the fastest car to emerge from the Ferrari factory in Maranello. Fastest road-going car, mind you. Only 499 of these Limited Edition Ferraris will be built, which makes owning one pretty special.

The LaFerrari name is a departure from Ferrari's usual 'F' prefix nomenclature for cars like the F40, F50, FXX and F12. However, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo declared that it was with good reason. "We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company - excellence."

 

 

Powering the LaFerrari is a 6262cc V12 engine that makes 950 bhp (789 bhp comes from the engine plus an added 120kW or 161 bhp from an electric motor) and revs all the way to 9,250 rpm. What's interesting about the powertrain, though, is that the LaFerrari is also the first car to come powered by the HY-KERS system that uses Ferrari's F1 KERS know-how.

And just how quick is the replacement to the Ferrari Enzo, then? Well, it hits the tonne in less than three seconds, the double-tonne is dispensed with in less than seven seconds and it hits 300 kph in 15 seconds. What more can we say!