Portrait of a Supercar: 2014 LaFerrari

I don’t like to talk too highly of myself. Luckily I haven’t had to after I blew the doors off the automotive world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. Since my unveiling, my slack-jawed admirerers have spoken on my behalf:

“The LaFerrari is simply beautiful.”
Yahoo Autos

“The LaFerrari is an exquisite machine and truly is a work of art.”

“[A] truly definitive car.”
BBC TopGear


Since modesty is one of my many virtues, I’ll stick to the facts. I’m the fastest and most powerful road car Ferrari has ever built. That’s like being the best New York Yankees team to ever win a World Series. And like the Yanks, mine is a pricey and exclusive club. I’m 499-of-a-kind and expected to cost about $1.3 million, give or take, which also makes me the most expensive Ferrari ever. I haven’t done the math, but I’ll venture to guess you probably have a better chance of trotting across the Stadium infield in pinstripes with a mouth full of chew than parking me in your garage. But can’t you just imagine those weekend jaunts through the Hamptons? Actually, let’s plan on the scenic roads of the North Fork where we’ll have a chance to really get to know each other.

imageMy seats are hardly seats at all. They’re more a part of my super-light carbon fiber chassis that’s bent and shaped in the same workshop the Ferrari race team uses to create its world-beating Formula 1 racers. I’m designed to simulate that F1 experience as close as possible, which is why my seats are part of the frame and don’t move. But, also in keeping with the F1 racer design, my steering wheel and pedals are highly adjustable and move to suit your body. In other words, behind my wheel, you’re truly an extension of me.

When I describe myself as light, I mean about 300 pounds lighter than a Nissan Altima, yet I pack about 800 more horses than that run of the mill auto. So hold on tight as we lift off at lights like an osprey from a nest with my massive front air intakes flared to let that crisp country air flow through me. I’m my own special kind of hybrid, too: I have two motors. My electronic motor provides an extra 163 horsepower to my V12 bringing my total horses up to 963 with fewer emissions than my contemporaries. A second electric motor brings power just to accessories. Lucky for those not among the 499 to score one, these technologies will likely be featured in my more entry-level Ferrari siblings in the years to come.

People will enjoy the views of us as well—my bright body color and blacked-out and bulbous cockpit blend perfectly with my sleek and unmistakably Ferrari styling. Most people on the road will only see my stacked rear grill, complete with prancing horse logo and a prominent LaFerrari stamp that lets them know they’re in the presence of greatness—they will try taking Instagram photos (videos if we linger), I hope their camera is HD.

6.3L V12 & 163hp electric motor
0-60 in 2.7 seconds
Max Speed: 217mph
Max Power: 963 combined hp
Max Torque: 664lb-ft @ 6,750rpm
Price: $1.3 million (expected)