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Ferrari Models Explained

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Ferrari produces some of the world’s most renowned supercars, celebrated for being sporty, sophisticated, and the height of luxury all at once. Let’s take a look at some of the current models for the esteemed “prancing horse”.

812 Models

The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a boundary-pushing step forward in the evolution of the iconic supercar. This is a car to get your heart pounding, the first Ferrari equipped with Electric Power Steering (EPS), and featuring:

2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast sports car
  1. naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 front-mount engine

  2. virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 System (Ferrari’s four-wheel steering system)

  3. dual-clutch transmission with new gear ratio

  4. reduced shift times with sharper throttle response

  5. rear-mounted transmission

  6. power output: 800 CV at 8,500 RPM

  7. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds

  8. top speed: 211 MPH

Of the front-engined Ferrari models, the 812 Superfast is the most powerful and fastest on the road. The 812 GTS is the drop top convertible version of the 812 Superfast. While these models are nearly identical, one significant difference is the dramatic buttressing on the rear of the 812 GTS, contrasting with the sleek, sloping rear of the coupe version. The power-folding hardtop is stored in the buttresses, able to be deployed or retracted in only 14 seconds, while driving up to 28 MPH. With the same engine, you’re harnessing the same power on the road, but the slight design differences cost you one tenth of a second longer to go from 0 to 62 MPH.

The 812 Superfast carries a base price of more than $335,000, while the 812 GTS begins at $380,000.

SF90 Stradale

The SF90 Stradale is a supercar whose name harkens back to the prancing horse Formula race cars. The phenomenal speeds and acceleration of this model are even more impressive given  that this is the first Ferrari with a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) design. Two electric motors are independently located on the front axle, with a third at the rear axle. These electric motors are integrated with the internal combustion engine. It can reach speeds of up to 84 MPH, traveling up to 15.5 miles on electric power alone.

This isn’t the average hybrid—the unique fuel delivery system and overall sophisticated architecture make the SF90 Stradale the most powerful, advanced Ferrari engine.

The model also boasts:

  1. 9-kWh lithium-ion battery

  2. 0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine

  3. power output 780 CV at 7500 RPM

  4. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 2.5 seconds

  5. top speed: 211 MPH

  6. edrive power: 120 kW

You can expect SF90 Stradale models to set you back at least $625,000.

F8 Models

The F8 Tributo is a modern classic version of the Ferrari Berlinetta (“little boat”) for those who enjoy celebrating the time-honored Ferrari two-seater. The F8 Tributo replaces the beloved 488 GTB, carrying the most powerful V8 ever to be mounted in a non-special series Ferrari. The impressive mid-rear engine has a glass engine cover to showcase its glory. This sexy model is meant to be accessible and easy to use, with steering wheel-mounted controls. It also features:

  1. 9 L twin turbo V8 engine

  2. power output: 720 CV

  3. acceleration: 0-60 MPH in 2.9 seconds

  4. top speed: 211

The two-piece roof of the F8’s convertible model, the F8 Spider, folds away in 14 seconds. Stylistically, the glass engine cover is replaced with curvy flying buttresses in the F8 Spider and the engine is hidden, but otherwise the model mirrors the F8 Tributo. The F8 Tributo begins at around $276,000, while the F8 Spider comes in at just a tick less to start, at around $274,000.

488 Pista Models

The new Ferrari 488 Pista is the latest in the marquee’s special series, increasing the power output by 50 CV from the previous 488 GTB’s engine for a drive that is both gratifying and accessible. Ferrari’s design goal was to “produce a car that offers blistering mechanical performance in terms of lap times and standing starts.” To that end, they equipped the 488 Pista with:

  1. 9L V8 twin-turbocharged engine

  2. power output:720 CV at 8000 RPM

  3. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 2.8 seconds

  4. top speed: 211 MPH

The 488 Pista Spider has the special distinction of becoming Ferrari’s 50th convertible model. It comes with a removal hardtop and its performance is identical to the coupe. The Ferrari 488 Pista begins at $330,000 for the coupe and $350,000 for the spider.

GTC4 Lusso and GTC4 Lusso T

The GTC4 Lusso is designed for a blend of the sporty and sophisticated. This four-seater is a grand tourer class with front mid-engine, all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

  1. 9L V12 twin-turbocharged engine

  2. power output: 690 CV at 8,250 RPM

  3. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 3.4 seconds

  4. top speed: 208 MPH

The GTC4 Lusso T is Ferrari’s first four-seater to be powered with a V8 engine. This powerful, agile model has rear-wheel drive and features the following:

  1. 9L V8 turbo engine

  2. power output: 610 CV at 7,500 RPM

  3. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 3.5 seconds

  4. top speed: 199 MPH

The GTC4 Lusso’s and GTC4 Lusso T’s price tags start at $260,000.

Ferrari Roma

The design of the Ferrari Roma is all about elegance and harmony coupled with an engine architecture worthy of the prancing horse’s name. It’s a mid-front engined coupe grand tourer with a classic, minimalist body and clean lines free from needless detailing. The Roma begins at around $225,000 and includes:

  1. 8L twin-turbocharged V8 engine

  2. power output: 620 CV at 7,500 RPM

  3. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 3.4 seconds

  4. top speed: 199 MPH

Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari Portofino sports car

The Ferrari Portofino is a 2-door convertible grand tourer with front mid-engine rear wheel drive, similar in philosophy to the Ferrari Roma. It’s sleek, pure design makes you yearn to take it rocketing along the curves of the Italian Riviera, from which it gets its name. The Ferrari Portofino will set you back at least $215,000 and features:

  1. 9L twin-turbocharged V8 engine

  2. power output: 620 CV at 7,500 RPM

  3. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 3.5 seconds

  4. top speed: 200 MPH

Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 were introduced as a prestige limited production line of cars modelled after iconic Ferrari Monza designs. The limited series, aptly named “Icona”, attempts to “use a modern aesthetic to reinterpret a timeless style,” according to the company. The Ferrari Monzas in the Icona series bring to mind classic 1960s racers but the technology is modern and the power leaves nothing to be imagined.

  1. 5L V12 engine

  2. power output: 810 CV at 8500 RPM

  3. acceleration: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds

  4. top speed: 186 MPH

Alas, the price tag is as intimidating as its drool-worthy sculpted contours—the single-seater SP1 goes for $1.75M, while the two-seater SP2 costs around $2M.

Taking Home Your Dream Ferrari Without a Nightmare Tax Bill

Taxes can add tens of thousands of dollars to your Ferrari’s final price tag—hundreds of thousands if you’re fortunate enough to buy a Monza SP2!

There’s a way to avoid high sales and personal property taxes on the purchase of your new supercar. By setting up a limited liability company (LLC) in Montana to register your new car, you can legally take advantage of the same zero tax rate that Montana residents receive, without living in the state or purchasing your car in the state. Always make sure to double check the laws pertaining to this type of purchase in your home state.


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