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Written by independent automotive journalists Eric Becker and Roger C. Johnson

Lot #1379 – 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction.

The historic business model used by Ferrari is to constantly build supercars that outmatch everything on the road and racetrack. Then for the next year they do it all over again. Once they throttled the others at both those locations, they realized that they themselves were their only real competition. That’s why history has shown “Ferrari” was, and is, a perpetual motion machine producing power and excitement that began with Enzo’s very first spark of imagination.

You have to wonder: How can a manufacturer make so few cars, priced completely out of reach for most, and still be totally infatuating to virtually every person who sees one? This particular 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider (Lot #1379) can answer that question without even trying.

Stare at it up and down and you’ll notice a few details that bring this 488 into a league of its own. For starters, this car was specially designed by Ferrari’s Tailor Made program; an exclusive program where owners are invited to the factory in Maranello to work with a designer to helm their unique vision. As part of this, Ferrari has created a series of limited collections celebrating various aspects of its storied history. With this car, however, Ferrari paid tribute to the natural order, creating a set of four cars that embody the four elements: fire, wind, water and earth.

This stunning 488 is the embodiment of terra firma, a one-of-one prancing horse with 56 delivery miles and a host of exclusive details that showcase its provenance as a Tailor Made Ferrari. And it can be yours.

Finished in a special dark metallic green with a metallic white livery over a Peccary Beige and Nero leather interior, this 488 Spider is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that generates 660 horsepower and 561 ft/lbs of torque measured at 3,000 rpm. The number 488 indicates the total cubic centimeters of the combustion chamber volume. The engine utilizes the all-aluminum dry-sump system as used by the F154 V8 engine family. The Spider chassis has been reinforced to offset the loss of rigidity from not having a solid roof structure. As a result, the Spider weighs 110 pounds more than its GTB counterpart. Performance-wise, any difference between the two is practically imaginary.

The 488’s engine utilizes a flat-plane crankshaft design in an over-squared block where the bore is larger in diameter than is the length of the stroke. The configuration makes the 3.9-liter engine eager to rev to the stratosphere.

The twin turbos are engineered by IHI/Honeywell and operate in conjunction with twin air-to-air intercoolers designed to keep the intake charge cooler and denser for optimum efficiency during the power generation process. Speaking of efficiency, turbine impellers spin on ball bearings and are produced from a low-density titanium aluminum alloy, a material usually specified in jet engines to further reduce inertia and resist the temperatures inside the turbo housing under high- or extended-boost conditions.

The turbos’ electronic management system sees to it that turbo lag is just a distant memory from the early days of unnatural aspiration. The turbos are effectively bypassed when cruising the highways at any speed, which in turn delivers surprisingly good gas mileage for a high-end exotic road rocket. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters will help you pick your way through time and space like you’re virtually plugged into the Ferrari’s brain. Zero-to-60 times for this Spider are in the 3-second range and it can blister the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds. At the top end it flirts with over 200 mph speeds.

If, or when, you must ever slow down in this 488 Spider, a brake upgrade has been added and revolves around its carbon/ceramic rotors. Up front 15.66-inch diameter units and 14.17-inch at back play host to brake pads offering new composites designed to require very little warm-up time to achieve maximum grip. You know – in case you have to vacate the over-200-mph-club in a hurry.

This 488 Spider will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction January 22-30 with No Reserve. It was destined to bring its owner the automotive equivalent of a lifetime of passion and celebrate the natural order of the Earth.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, visit here.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: FORCE OF NATURE: The 2019 488 Spider – Earth
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/force-of-nature-the-2019-488-spider-earth/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:34:43 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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