ItalianCar goes to Italy 2001

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In October 2001 to Modena, in the heart of Italy, the of fine Italian food more importantly, almost all the performance car manufacturers. Maserati and De are in Modena itself, whilst and Lamborghini are just outside in the of Maranello and Sant’ Agata respectively.Unfortunately the visits to Ferrari and – now both part of the Fiat group – perfunctory.

The ItalianCar emails of our impending arrival had mysteriously astray and so the planned test of the Maserati Spyder and Ferrari 360 had to be put on You would have thought a town with so many car manufacturers would be overrun Ferraris, Lamborghinis etc but sadly the cars we saw on the roads were one and a Maserati Spyder driving ‘under wraps’. Maserati did not us to photograph a few Spyders parked

The closest we got to the Ferrari factory was the entrance, with the tantalising of cars being tested from behind the walls. were however plenty of Lancias, Fiats, Autobianchis and and many of these now adorn the models sections of ItalianCar.The to De Tomaso and Lamborghini were more successful.

De Tomaso

De Tomaso is a name in Italian car racing history. being Argentinian by birth De Tomaso arrived in Modena at the tender age of 27 and immediately began Maserati cars. After 4 in the driving seat he decided to his own car company, initially designing and racing cars.

In 1963 De rolled out the first road-going the Vallelunga, at the Turin Motor and since then De Tomaso has itself as a specialist manufacturer of sports cars. In 1993 De Tomaso was taken ill and this affected the business. However he is now recovered and so De Tomaso the company has injected with a new lease of

Two De Tomaso Guaras on the factory

The Guara coupe with a red in the background

The current De Tomaso is the Guara – a 4.6L V8 GT an impressive 270+ km/h top and a sub 5 secs 0-100 km/h. It is after a breed of Argentinian dog and comes in two guises – a coupe and a barchetta. If you’re of ordering the barchetta just it doesn’t have a windscreen and De advises the wearing of a crash

Oh and don’t forget to have a $250,000 AUD handy (if you do decide to a new Guara you will certainly be a select band – are probably less than 100 De Tomasos in Australia).In 2003 De plans to phase out the Guara and new versions of the successful Pantera and models, although at the moment prototype drawings exist. In the De Tomaso is looking in a completely direction with its current – the De Tomaso/UAZ ‘Simbir’

A Simbir almost ready to go

De has teamed up with UAZ (rather pronounced ‘waz’) the Russian manufacturer to build a Russian/Italian to the Land Rover / Range / Landcruiser. The Simbir will be on a Russian manufactured chassis with a VM engine. VM – now of Detroit Diesel Corporation supplies diesel engines to Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, and GM and the Simbir will have the model – a ‘Turbotronic’ supercharged 115bhp (81 kW) engine.

It is to compete head on with the Rover Defender and Hyundai and promises excellent off-road – a function of the rugged chassis and a design giving the the ability to cope with rougher terrain. The Simbir returns respectable on-road – a max speed of 150 km/h and consumption of about 10kms/l. De also emphasises a low noise (70 dB at 80 km/h if that means to you) and plenty of room in the

De Tomaso has ambitious plans for the – 20,000 vehicles are over the next 5 years. If you to order one, it will you around $40,000 AUD.

need a UAZ’


Murcielago means ‘bat’ in and looking at the car it could very be the next BatMobile – mean and exceedingly fast. is of course purely coincidental Lamborghini name all their after bulls or things or associated with bull-fighting and the is no exception – Murcielago was a The successor to the Diablo has been awaited by Lambo fans and the – launched this at the Frankfurt Motor Show will not disappoint.

Equipped with a V12 6192cc developing 580bhp the all-wheel Murcielago will take you to 100 in just 3.8 seconds and then up to a speed of 330km/h. When visited the new Lamborghini factory the Diablo was just being (the phrase ‘production does not really apply at where each car is hand – even the seats are by hand in the factory) as a number of were in various stages of

A Murcielago on its way out the door

The new factory is an imposing building has benefitted from the new owner Audi – seeing as a testing ground for advanced that can be applied to other brands. It also houses a containing a number of rare including the very first ever – the 350GTV which has been loaned to by the japanese owner. An equally sight in the yard was a line-up of back at the factory for servicing.

The Murcielagos are due to arrive in Australia February – there are 17 on – and the price tag is likely to be under $600,000 AUD’. The car be on display at the Melbourne Motor so don’t forget your more information on the Murcielago see the section, in the meantime here’s famous Lamborghini – the

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