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28 November 2008

Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M

Ferrari has chosen to unveil the new Scuderia Spider 16M at the World Finals in Mugello in celebration of its recent victory in the Formula 1 Constructor's World Championship 2008. This new high performance sports car features the very best of Ferrari's latest mid-rear-engined 8-cylinder technology. In fact, the Scuderia Spider 16M is faster round the Fiorano circuit than any other Prancing Horse open-top road car yet built. This truly evocative special series model, of which just 499 unique examples will be produced, is aimed at the most passionate clients, drivers who demand both exclusivity and superb driving pleasure.

The Scuderia Spider 16M is available in a choice of two new signature colour schemes: the standard version is black with grey trim, while a tricolour livery is also available as part of the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme. The new car also sports a special plaque on its rear grille commemorating Ferrari's 16th Constructor's World title. The exclusivity of the interior is underscored by the silver "limited series" plaque just above the air vents at the centre of the dashboard. Other exclusive features include a roll-bar with carbon-fibre outer shell and a specific new generation audio system that can be combined with the removable customised Ferrari iPod Touch 16 GB with central dock just in front of the dashboard.

From a technical point of view, this car has a dry weight of 1340 Kg (80 kg lighter than the F430 Spider). This, combined with the 510 hp provided by its V8 engine and a power-to-weight ratio of 2.6 kg/hp, means that it delivers blistering 0-100 kph acceleration in just 3.7 seconds and a superb top speed of 315 kph.A new section dedicated to the Scuderia Spider 16M, complete of technical specifications and images is available online at



Naturally aspirated mid-rear 90° V8, 4308 ccMaximum power output 375.4 kW (510 hp) at 8500 rpmMaximum torque 470 Nm (47.7 Kgm) at 5250 rpmMax engine speed 8640 rpm (at limiter)Compression ratio 11.9:1Bore and Stroke 92 mm X 81 mmSpecific power output 118.4 hp/litre


Six-speed plus Reverse F1 gearboxDry dual clutchElectronic differential E-diff + F1-TracOil gearbox lubrication with oil/water heat exchanger
Performance, fuel consumption, emissions
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.7 sMaximum speed 315 kphDrive weight/power 2.6 kg/hpFuel consumption 15.7 l/100 km (combined ECE)CO2 emissions 360 g/km (combined ECE)

Chassis and bodywork

Car dimensions:

- Length 4512 mm- Width 1923 mm- Height 1216 mm- Wheelbase 2600 mm- Front track 1669 mm- Rear track 1616 mmDry weight * 1340 kg (-80 kg vs F430 Spider)Kerb weight * 1440 kgWeight distribution 43% front, 57% rearFuel tank capacity 95 litresIndependent front and rear forged aluminium double wishbone suspensions, titanium helical springs, hollow anti-roll bars and lighter electronic shocks398mm X 36mm carbon-ceramic material front brake discs with aluminium 6-pot callipers350mm X 34mm carbon-ceramic material rear disc brakes with aluminium 6-pot callipers19" five-spoke split rims front and rearTyres: 235/35 front and 285/35 rear; Fabbrica Pirelli PZero Corsa only

Electronic control systems

CST Stability and Traction Control System. Steering wheel-mounted manettino with five settings to integrate the F1 gearbox, CST and F1-Trac (Stability and Traction Control System), suspension control. *Figures refer to the European market versions

Volkswagen Passat CC Performance Concept - SEMA Show

Powerful performance meets luxury in the Super CC performance concept Volkswagen unveiled at the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas.The Performance CC brings a sleek exterior treatment highlighted by black chrome exterior accents, grey pearl paint with custom front and rear bumper, side panels and machined aluminum spoiler.The black treatment continues inside with high-gloss piano black accents offset by matte black graphics. Customer black leather Recaro seats and matching floor mats are highlighted with white piping.While the Performance CC looks striking, the upgrades will get hearts racing, the 2.0L TSI engine has been upgraded with an APR stage 3 turbocharger system with three performance levels. In Full Power mode the Performance CC brings 311 hp and 313 lbs. ft. torque; GT mode offers 252 hp and 268 lbs. ft. of torque; and in the Eco mode 222 hp and 236 lbs. ft. of torque.
Also included is the APR stainless steel performance exhaust system. Key fact to take note of is that in the Eco performance mode, horsepower went up, as well as fuel economy. A production 2.0T CC automatic gets 28 hwy/19 city and our CC in Eco mode gets 33 hwy, 27 city. Even the full power mode showed a fuel economy increase!The Performance CC sits on custom designed 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels and high performance 245/30 R20 Yokahama tires with an H&R street coil over sport suspension kit. With all this power to handle, Volkswagen has upgraded the brakes to provide extra power to stop. The Performance CC features 14-inch Brembo brakes with 4-piston Aluminum Alloy Brake Calipers and 355x32mm 2-Piece Floating Cross Drilled Discs with Billet Aluminum Hats.The Performance CC was designed by the Volkswagen Design Center in California with assistance from APR, LLC (, Recaro, H&R Suspension and Brembo North America.