Automotive and Tech. updates : February

 Ferrari 812 Superfast Claims 211 MPH, Even More Insane V-12 Power



For its 70th birthday, Ferrari is once again resurrecting the Superfast name, first seen on the 4.9 Superfast that was the quickest car we tested in the 1950s. Then as now, Ferrari’s most powerful 12-cylinder engine resides in this new 812 Superfast, a hairier evolution of the extreme F12tdf introduced for 2016.
Ferrari bored out its naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 to 6.5 liters and fitted a new 5076-psi direct-injection system for just shy of 800 horsepower (the 8 in the name is a reference to the car’s 800 metric horsepower)—call it 789 in American.


He intake tracts to maximize airflow, the new V-12 achieves that lofty power output at 8500 rpm, along with 530 lb-ft of torque at 7000 rpm. That equals the LaFerrari’s power and bests its 516 lb-ft. It also beats the F12tdf’s 769 ponies and 520 lb-ft. Lest a turbocharged 488GTB enter the debate, a full 80 percent of the Superfast’s torque is available at 3500 rpm. Ferrari claims a zero-to-62-mph time of 2.9 seconds, a top speed of 211 mph, and upon request will cite more figures no other front-engined production car could hope to match.

Honda Shows Off an Acura NSX–Inspired Outboard Motor



Honda, of course, doesn’t just make automobiles and motorcycles. Need a lawnmower? Soichiro’s crew has you covered. How about a snowblower? Ditto. That mill for your go-fast boat? But of course! In the spirit of unifying its disparate product lines, Honda has ginned up an outboard with a design inspired by the Acura NSX, set to go on display at the Miami International Boat Show. Because of course Honda did.

Called—inventively—the Honda Marine Concept Engine, the flashy outboard draws its Nouvelle Blue Pearl paint straight from the NSX’s palette, and Honda would like you to note that the heat ducts’ black honeycomb mesh also hints at the hybrid supercar. The “floating winged blade” also pulls its inspiration from Honda’s halo car, and the company says the radical new design points to “a bolder, more distinctive future for Honda Marine.” Whatever the ultimate fate of this design language in the waterborne realm, it’s certainly a far cry from Dad’s old pull-start Evinrude. In fact, it looks a little like some sort of protocol droid with rage issues. An Evil ASIMO, perhaps?


Wild Revealed : Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Roader Priced from $40,995



he 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 may be smaller and less powerful than the half-ton Ford F-150 Raptor, but these facts are unlikely to deter consumers (and automotive publications) from thinking together about the two off-road-oriented pickups. Priced at $40,995, the Colorado ZR2 undercuts the hulking Raptor’s base price by $9160. Those more interested in an apples-to-apples comparison can pit the ZR2 against the $41,930 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro instead.

Like the Tacoma TRD Pro, the ZR2 relies on underhood hardware from lesser lineup mates. A 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard fare, while a 186-hp 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine is optional. Additional add-ons include a premium sound system, a sweet bed-mounted spare-tire carrier, and a full-length vinyl floor in place of the standard carpet that can be added at no cost.




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