Linton Weeks' March 5 National Public Radio article, "Whatever Happened To The Audiophile?" questioned the pursuit of better sound. It was one of too many articles written by an outsider who had no idea of what he was talking about, but that didn't stop Weeks from making his case for the demise of audiophilia. Weeks spoke to the usual suspects--professors, industry spokespeople, and even an audio journalist or two--but the tone of the article was skewed. It presented audiophiles as oddities, people desperately clinging to their hi-fis, while everyone else is happily listening to music over the … Read more
Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, BMW Connected Drive, and the Alfa Romeo 4C are just a few of our favorites from Geneva that we cover this week.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 206 SHOW NOTES Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Ferrari FF Alfa Romeo 4C 2012 VW Golf Cabriolet And even more CNET coverage of Geneva 2011
Here's Ferrari's AWD four-passenger hatchback of sorts. The FF changes a lot of rules in Modena (but then again Ferrari is doing a lot of that these days with things like amusement parks in Abu Dhabi). Brian Cooley shows you around the startling new body and the impressive innards that move the FF.
There's no real need for a production car to go over 200 mph. Few public roads in the world allow that kind of speed, whether legally or physically. But a few automakers continually push the boundaries of speed, for the same reasons that mountain climbers scale the highest peaks.
The fastest production cars hit well over 200 mph, using big displacement or near-racing engines to achieve these speeds. Of course, all of these cars are ridiculously expensive, but the varieties of design will come as a surprise.
We've assembled photos and specifications for the current crop of fastest … Read more
For Geneva next week, we'll see a fat Ferrari, a faster Jaguar, and an electric Phantom. Meanwhile, Priuses, Prium, or Prii? And we find out there is an 'i' in BMW.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 205 SHOW NOTES
At the Mobile Insider conference this week, representatives from mobile ad network AdMob reported that three to four Ferraris are sold each month on eBay's mobile app. The surprising statistic was confirmed by eBay Motors, which added that the eBay app for iPhone has moved 38 Ferraris since it launched last year.
But it's not just Ferraris mobile users are bidding on--members have purchased Lamborghinis and Bentleys from their mobile devices. The most expensive vehicle purchased using the iPhone app was a Mercedes SLR McLaren for $240,001. Whoever bid $240,000 for the vehicle must be kicking themselves.
These big-ticket vehicle purchases have been made through a combination of "Buy Now" selections and auctions. eBay spokesperson Angela Leon says mobile app features that alert users when they've been outbid have made it easier for members to complete sales on mobile devices.
Mobile buying and bidding of vehicles will continue to grow when eBay launches its Motors-specific app in the next few weeks.… Read more
How much do we have to pay you to buy an electric car? Ferrari does its first AWD hatchback! You might actually get your Nissan Leaf before you die. Plus, we drive the Scion tC.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 201 SHOW NOTES
Interest in Ferrari's new family wagon must have been greater than the company expected, as four more photos were released today to complement the video and initial three photos sent out last Friday. We've added the new photos to our initial gallery, and added two more video captures of the interior.
To recap, the car is a four-seat coupe, replacing the 612 Scaglietti. It is also the first Ferrari to get an all-wheel-drive system. Hence, many scenes in the video show the car being tested on snow-covered roads. Ferrari fitted the FF with a new direct-injection 6.3-liter … Read more
Don't let the four seats fool you: this is not your average family car. The Ferrari FF (or Ferrari Four), has four seats and four-wheel drive.
The FF, which will replace the 612 Scaglietti four-seater, boasts a 12-cylinder, 6.3-liter direct-injection engine that produces 651 horsepower with 504 pound-feet of torque and can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds.
With electronic dynamic control system and the company's first-ever four-wheel drive system, 4RM, the FF promises to deliver sporty, high-performance handling in a wide-array of terrains and road conditions, according to the company.
The 4RM … Read more
A 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe once owned by John Lennon is scheduled with be sold at Bonhams' Paris sale of Motor Cars at the Grand Palais, February 5, 2011.
The car was hand-picked by Lennon, after he got his driver's license for the first time, in 1965.
According to Lennon biographer Philip Norman, several luxury auto dealers in the Weybridge area, "jammed the road outside Kenwood's security gates with Maseratis, Aston Martins, and a Jaguar XK-E." But Lennon chose the ?2,000 light blue 300-horsepower, 4.0-liter, V12 Ferrari. He owned the car … Read more