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    Paul
    Value’ is a word with many different interpretations, although it means the same thing: is it worth it? Or, to put it bluntly, are you getting a return on your investment? We, as Indians, are notorious long-term thinkers when it comes to making any purchase. We don’t buy houses to live in, we buy them as ‘investments’ so that someday when the apartment we’ve purchased becomes overpriced, we can sell it and purchase a bigger, more overpriced one. We’ll happily buy a house that we won’t ever live in, lease it out to someone and pay its EMIs simply because its value appreciates.

    Vehicles, unlike apartments, are depreciating assets. They’re like affairs with an A-list celebrity or the story in Jurassic Park. In the beginning, there’s wonder and awe at how you managed something like this, but later there’s yelling and screaming, and you’d consider yourself lucky if you’re able to get out with the shirt on your back. We, as Indians, can’t help but baulk at an investment that shrinks as the days go by, so we try to minimise the loss with the standard ‘What’s the resale value?’ line. There’s also the run through with the features list and comparisons with cars of similar value on various websites. All this before the car has been seen in the metal, and driven a single metre.

    Vehicles, unlike apartments, are depreciating assets


    Sometimes, buying a car can get hilariously illogical. One of my friends memorably rejected a car because he said his 12-year old daughter didn’t like the fact that the rear windows didn’t roll down all the way. I know I rejected a few cars for the same reason, but I have a dog, not a child. Another time, a dealer brought him a test-drive car, only it was the previous-generation model, and the salesperson was quite noncommittal about showing him the current model. I also had a tough time convincing him to buy a car with #ABS and airbags. This is a highly educated person, mind — but to be fair to him, I also have an acquaintance who drives his ` 50 lakh German #SUV around with the seatbelt behind his back.


    When the car is eventually looked at by the prospective customer, things like space, leather upholstery and the connectivity options of the audio system are considered. The fact that India is a bloody hot country most of the year, and the leather from a car left in the sun will cook your back and buns, is blissfully ignored, as is the hard, shiny plastic and the poor audio quality of most music systems. There’s also the matter of the drive; our roads have forced manufacturers to give us the suspension equivalent of airline food — bland, inoffensive, universally hated, but everyone can stomach it. Not that it matters much, because most Indian drivers don’t know a lot about going around a corner quickly. Then, the final step — the finance schemes! What the down payment is, the EMIs, the interest rate…

    Nowhere in the process does the customer think about how the car makes him feel. Does it make you smile at the service centre or when you’re going pedal to the metal? What is the right balance? Is there a balance at all? Most of the team here would just snort, and tell you that balance can be achieved, but only on a motorcycle. And I’m inclined to believe them — they’re unsafe, and you get baked, frozen and wet. So the only reason you would want one is if it is fun enough to cancel out all those negatives.

    ‘Value’, then, isn’t features or even a surfeit of power. It is the smile on your face when you look at your vehicle, not at the bills it generates.
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    What’s elusive, packed with goodies and red all over?

    New #Ferrari-FXXK

    Merry FXX-Mas

    Named out of what could only be a casual game of word association at a downtown Maranello pub, the #Ferrari #FXXK is the new byword for automotive perfection. Any car that can make the La Ferrari seem like a Rembrandt replica isn’t one for the streets or its pesky, odorous inhabitants. The FXXK is the latest track-only super Ferrari which takes the bhp count all the way up to 1036, jazzing up the same La V12 with a redesigned intake manifold and a fresh set of camshafts (aided, of course, by the same feisty 187-bhp electric motor).

    Things get pretty tricky as we delve into the aerodynamics of it; suffice it to say that this car produces 50 percent more downforce than the standard La Ferrari. #Ferrari dug deep into its GT racing history and slapped a double-deck spoiler with vertical fins to help cut down on the outrageous 2.9 second 0-100 kph time. It should be noted that the ever so-discerning marque will reserve the hyper-exclusive hypercar for only those who have been extra nice — to Ferrari — and that the price tag will possess more zeroes than one does shoes.

    How fast?

    Fastest Ferrari around Fiorano. Now repeat that thrice to clock approximate lap time.

    How quick?
    Suddenly, 2.9 seconds is an eternity.

    How much?
    Islands won’t cut it, you’ll be trading in a small moon for this one.


    FXXatEd?


    New #Ferrari-FXX

    The first Ferrari to bear the FXX nomenclature (before the K from KERS was added) was a fearsome track-only car based on the Enzo. Ownership was akin to owning high-school sports equipment, under the scrutiny of headmaster Luca. Lots of carbon-fibre and F1 tech made the FXX faster than a rollerblading Mercury.

    New #Ferrari-599FXX-EVO

    At 770 bhp, the 599 FXX Evo was slightly less powerful than the 820-bhp FXX, the 599 FXX packed the then-new DRS system, allowing you to control those spoiler flaps for outright speed or downforce. Complimentary track events were part of the purchase. As were a new set of ears.
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    #Ferrari #California T: #2014

    Twenty two years after the F40, Ferrari’s updated its California with a new turbocharged motor. Hence the T.

    Inevitable, we suppose, considering F1’s gone the turbo way, too. The California T’s hood hides a 3855cc, bi-turbo V8 making 552 bhp. It hits 0-100 kph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 315 kph. Yeah, it’s slower, but who cares, really? It weighs 1625 kg, and that’s 515 kg more than the old F40. Don’t know why, though we guess it’s something to do with all the tech and material trappings that are expected of Ferraris today. Costs about ` 1.5 crore outside India. We're still wondering whatever happened to the way Ferraris used to look.

    It might have a glamorous name, but, at least for us, it’ll live in the #Ferrari-F40 ’s shadow.
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    Horse Whistle
    REWIND/PLAY - #Ferrari #F40
    Then - When the famous prancing horses get turbo-ed

    All #Ferrari-F40 : #1987 - #1992


    Here’s what has been called the greatest supercar the world has ever seen. We’re not too far away from agreeing. This mid-engined, rear-wheel drive beauty was built to celebrate

    Ferrari’s 40th anniversary. It was born from old man Enzo’s desire to leave behind one last awesome car bearing his name. And he happened to have a few 288 GTO Evoluzione development cars lying around to turn into one of the most gorgeous cars to have ever hit the road. It had a 2936cc twin-turbo V8 making 472 bhp.

    Designed by #Pininfarina , the body panels made of carbon fibre, aluminium and kevlar. Weight? 1100 kg. It hit 0-100 kph in 3.9 seconds, 0-160 kph in 7.5 seconds and 0-200 kph in 9 seconds. Top speed was a scalding 324 kph. Till #1989 , it was the world’s fastest production car and the first roadlegal production car to break the 200 mph (320 kph) barrier.

    It was priced at the equivalent of ` 2.53 crore when it debuted, and 1311 examples of how to make one of the greatest cars in the world were made.
    ‏ — at Monza, Monza and Brianza, Italy
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    Paul joined the group Ferrari owners and fans club
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    Paul joined the group BMW E28 - my best shark
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    Only Russian - only hard days ‏ — at Moscow, Russia feeling shocked
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