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 |  Dec 02 2011, 2:00 PM


To celebrate 150 years of Italian unification, Maserati presented a limited edition GranTurismo S at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show. The hot, luxurious coupe will be limited to just 12 cars for the Italian market and sports a pretty nice Sebring Blue matte shade.

On the exterior, the matte blue is further contrasted by carbon fiber elements found on the front spoiler, side mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler. Peeking behind each 20-inch wheel is a hand-polished, aluminum brake caliper. Accents on the vehicle include matte black headlights and side skirts – though we’re not sure why they didn’t just manufacture the side skirts in carbon fiber.

The interior gets plenty of treatment as well with a carbon fiber frame surrounding the instruments, controls on the dashboard and the center console. A commemorative Italian Unification plate designating Italy’s 150th Anniversary is located at the base of the center console. And just to make sure it’s authentic, each limited edition will feature a numbered plaque inside the vehicle.

It’s safe to assume that the powerplant was left untouched, so the limited edition GranTurismo S will still feature a 4.7L V8 with 444-hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.

GALLERY: Maserati GranTurismo S Limited Edition


 |  Nov 30 2011, 4:59 PM

Ferrari is busting out a new track burner, well sort-of.  They’ve tweaked and updated the 599XX that debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show for better aerodynamics and power.

The new version made its debute earlier today at the Bologna Motor Show and will be available only to the most loyal of Ferrari clients participating in a track-based research and development program meant to help with the 2012-13 line.

The previous generation had an almost Batmobile-esque look to it, but the new car looks a lot like Ferrari’s take on the Nissan GT-R. Regardless of resemblance, the new styling is meant to improve aerodynamics. That improvement is significant. A new active aero package that takes steering angle, lateral and longitudinal acceleration and speed into account boosts downforce by more than 52 percent in corners.

Along with aerodynamics, a new exhaust gives the 599XX 40 new horses for a total 740  out of the same 6.0 liter V12 boasting a pants-wetting 9000 rpm redline. If that’s not enough, Ferrari also trimmed the car by 77 pounds.

The result? Ferrari can boast a 2 second improvement running on their Fiorano test track compared to the old car.

 |  Nov 22 2011, 9:15 PM


With Italy as one of its main markets, it’s no surprise that the Fiat Group would bring a huge collection of new and special edition models to the Bologna Motor Show. This year, the Fiat Group will headline the local auto show with a new 2012 Fiat Sedici model, a Fiat 500 Nation Limited Edition, a Fiat TwinAir 500, a Fiat 500C by Gucci, a Lancia Ypsilon Black&Red, an Abarth 595 turismo, 595 competizione, 695 Assetto Corse, and a Punto scorpione.

Fiat’s Sedici receives a minor facelift for 2012, six years after its initial launch. It’ll be available in three different trim levels, Dynamic, Emotion and Experience, with two engine options, a 1.6L 120-hp and a 2.0L 135-hp MultiJet diesel. Both models can be purchased with front-wheel-drive or selectable all-wheel-drive. Updates to the Sedici’s exterior includes a new color option (Rebellious Purple), painted roof rails and 16-inch wheels for the Experience model.

We’ve already seen Fiat’s 500C by Gucci, and the Fiat 500 Nation Limited Edition, so we’ll turn our attention to the four Abarth special editions that’ll be making an appearance. The new Abarth 595 will be making its world premiere in Bologna in two forms, the turismo and competizione, with the turismo targeted towards personality and comfort while the competizione is built for the racing purist.

Both Abarth 595 models will be powered by a 1.4L Turbo T-Jet powerplant with 160-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque in Sport mode. The turismo model sports a two-tone paint job and the vehicle on display at Bologna will feature Fiat’s Rosso Officina and Grigio Pista accented by a white liner. Turismo graphics are a finishing touch alongside the 17-inch titanium-colored wheels.

On the competizione model, Abarth outfitted the 595 with a five-speed manual transmission, metallic Grigio Record scheme with 17-inch titanium-colored wheels. Behind each race-styled wheel are yellow Brembo brake calipers. The interior further lends the racing spirit to the car with Abarth Corsa by Sabelt leather and alcantara seats. Both 595s also have customization suspension kits and brakes available as options.

The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse has been designed for track racing, and features an aggressive front-end design with a complete aerodynamic spoiler and screen-printed grilles. In the rear of the car is a winged spoiler and twin exhaust pipe. Under the hood is a 205-hp 1.4L turbocharged powerplant while 17-inch racing wheels puts the power to the ground. The interior features all the safety equipment required by FIA regulations including a roll-bar welded to the body. The side windows have been lightened thanks to the use of Lexan, making it 66-lbs lighter than the previous 500 Assetto Corse.

The last of the Abarth models is the Punto scorpione, a limited edition model with just 99 vehicles being made. A two-tone Nero Scorpione paint scheme is further contrasted with a special matte black paintwork on the hood and roof. Under the hood is a 1.4L MultiAir engine with 180-hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. Braking performance is enhanced with four-piston yellow brake calipers while the suspension features front and rear Koni shock absorbers and specially lowered springs.

Lastly, the Fiat Group will be introducing a Black&Red edition of the Lancia Ypsilon coming in four different color choices, two reds, a black and a two-tone black and red scheme. Other the hood is a 1.2L 69-hp engine or a 95-hp 1.3L turbo diesel.

GALLERY: Special Edition Abarths


GALLERY: 2012 Fiat Sedici


GALLERY: Fiat 500 Nation Limited Edition


GALLERY: Lancia Ypsilon Black&Red Edition