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 |  Jun 15 2011, 1:05 PM

The next time you want to buy your lady a little something to show how much you’re always thinking about her (and never about exotic cars), head over to the Ferrari Store. Here, you’ll find the uber-blingly limited edition Ferrari Masterpiece Jewel Brooch, a sparklicious piece of jewellery that keep you out of the dog house the next time your forget your anniversary to go to that classic car show.

With only three pieces being made, the exclusive Ferrari Masterpiece Jewel Brooch was handcrafted by Damiani master craftsmen and styled after the famous Prancing Horse. Crafted in elegant 18k white gold and made in Italy (of course), this brooch measures 7.6 cm in height and 5.2 cm in width. Adorned with 442 brilliant cut diamonds (5.5 ct each), this statement piece will set you back $30,416 and will be ready to wear in four months.

Would you buy your wife or girlfriend a brooch this expensive or would you rather spend that money on a new car for her? Let us know in the comments section below. (FYI: we’d take the car over the jewelery).

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  May 07 2010, 9:38 AM

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You’ve got to love when your man smells like a car – especially if it’s a Ferrari. Ok, so it doesn’t actually give off that new car smell, but Ferrari new Uomo Fragrance will still get a motor or two revving.

Touted by the company as a fragrance for the “real man,” Ferrari is branding Uomo as a masterpiece in elegance, prestige and uniqueness. Created by Alberto Morillas, Uomo is distinguished by woody and spicy scents, while undertones of Sicilian lemons, Calabrese bergamot, juniper, cedar wood and accents of nutmeg give it substance and style. Its base is strong and gentle at the same time, and includes the intoxicating aroma of labdanum, tonka and deep, dark patchouli.

But it’s not all about how it smells – it’s also about how it looks. And just like the body on a Ferrari, the Uomo bottle looks just as sleek and cool as the car. It’s displayed in a classic perfume bottle that is adorned with details such as leather, metal, and topped with an opaque aluminium flacon that displays the signature of Thierry de Baschmakoff. To finish it off, Uomo comes handsomely packaged in a brown and pomelo leather carrying case that is double stitched and embellished with Ferrari’s famous Prancing Horse.

This is a limited edited fragrance, and it can be purchased at the Ferrari online store for 120 euros.

[Source: Top Speed]

 |  Sep 15 2009, 8:44 AM

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Ferrari introduced the 458 Italia, the F430 replacement, at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. Appearing on the company’s stand were two models, one in a traditional Rosso Corsa and the other in Giallo Modena Tristrato (pictured above).

Using an aluminum chassis and plenty of other light weight metals and materials the 458 Italia weighs an astonishingly low 3,043 lbs in its dry form (expect an extra 100 to 200 lbs with all fluids in place).

Combining these factors with a new 4,499cc V8 engine and a new smooth-shifting dual-clutch 7-speed transmission (that Ferrari claims is faster than the current F1 tranny), the 458 Italia can hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and blast on to a top speed of 202 mph.

As expected, however, the 458 is about far more than straight line speed and so Ferrari has worked hard at applying its racing technology to improve the E-Diff differential and F1-Trac traction control systems to allow the newest prancing horse to put down 32 percent more power out of the corners.

Gallery: Ferrari 458 Italia

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 |  Jul 28 2009, 7:38 PM

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Ferrari has just released photos and details of a new model that both succeeds and exceeds the incredible F430. Named the 458 Italia, this new mid-engine exotic is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 that puts out an incredible 570hp at 9000 rpm and 398 ft-lbs of torque at 6000 rpm – 80 percent of which is available at just 3250 rpm.

The new engine it a typically high compression Ferrari V8 rated at 12.5:1 and uses direct-injection technology. This means it gets better fuel economy that otherwise might be expected with a combined city/highway rating of 17.2 mpg. In comparison, the F430 only got 16 mpg on the highway.

Using an aluminum chassis and plenty of other light weight metals and materials the 458 Italia weighs an astonishingly low 3,043 lbs in its dry form (expect an extra 100 to 200 lbs with all fluids in place).

Combining these factors with a new smooth-shifting dual-clutch 7-speed transmission (that Ferrari claims is faster than the current F1 tranny), the 458 Italia can hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and blast on to a top speed of 202 mph.

As expected, however, the 458 is about far more than straight line speed and so Ferrari has worked hard at applying its racing technology to improve the E-Diff differential and F1-Trac traction control systems to allow the newest prancing horse to put down 32 percent more power out of the corners.

Ferrari will officially debut the 458 Italia at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

GALLERY: Ferrari 458 Italia

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