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This year’s Geneva Motor Show was a feast for supercar fans, with Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren all showing off new top-dog vehicles. British supercar maker McLaren showed off the new P1, a car that will replace the iconic and legendary McLaren F1.
AutoGuide’s spy photographers caught an updated version of the Ferrari California testing near Ferrari’s home base of Maranello, Italy and our photographers noted that an unusual whistling sound – possibly that of a turbocharger, was heard emanating from the engine bay.
Ferrari hasn’t done a turbo V8 since the psychotic F40 of the 1980′s, and given the California’s reputation as a bit of a hairdresser’s car, the addition of some extra juice might not hurt. The mysterious hump in the car’s hood may also point to some kind of forced induction system. Given that the California has been out for a few years now, it seems like the timing is right for an aesthetic refresh and a power boost as well.
GALLERY: Ferrari California Refresh
With Bugatti allowing its supercar Veyron to be ordered with virtually an infinite number of color combinations, it’s no surprise that other exotic car manufacturers are getting into the business of letting customers personalize their vehicles as well. Audi Exclusive is the newest addition to the bandwagon, allowing customers to choose their exterior color, side-blade color, and a bunch of unique interior trims and color combinations.
Most R8 owners will probably love the idea of being able to personalize the color combinations of the interior, from a variety of leather finishes and contrasting stitching shades. Take a look through the gallery below, of vehicles already built using the new Audi Exclusive program.
GALLERY: Audi Exclusive R8 Configurations
The eagerly anticipated 2011 SEMA Show is being held from November 1-4, and we’ve got the scoop on free passes to this year’s show to the first 800 enthusiasts who fill in and submit an online after market survey.
SEMA will host a limited number of automotive enthusiast VIPs on Thursday November 3, 2011. The VIPs will participate in the short survey and then will be able to check out all that SEMA has to offer. Participants will get to see the best new products and hottest vehicles that the automotive aftermarket has to offer. The SEMA Show is not open to the general public, making these tickets even more exclusive. Check out more info on the free passes here!
Ford hasn’t even announced production numbers for the Boss 302 Mustang, but word is that the Blue Oval will tightly control the supply of the baddest Mustang by basing allocation on sales numbers and a special lottery held for dealers.
Dealers that sell large volumes (though the term itself wasn’t defined) will get 75 percent of Boss 302 units, while the rest will have to fight for scraps via the lottery. Dealers will automatically get one ticket, with extra chips given out for every Mustang sold. These dealers will be granted no more than one Boss 302, while the “volume” dealers are guaranteed one of the cars as well.
Just like the Ford GT and Shelby GT500, you will likely have to obtain your Boss 302 by way of brute force and deception. Of course, paying outrageous mark-up also helps.
[Source: Autoblog via Boss302Forum]