italian sports cars

italian sports cars

Italian Sports Cars

In so many ways the words “Italian sports cars” just seem a natural fit. Some of the best and most beloved sports cars the world has seen are Italian. The short list is a cavalcade of dream cars for those who crave style and speed. Bugatti For the sake of being accurate, Bugatti was founded in France, but the founder Ettore Bugatti was born in Italy. The French version of Bugatti was essentially a race car manufacturer, but only built very small numbers of them. After the company stopped making cars in the 1950’s it seemed Bugatti was a dead issue. However, in the 1980’s an Italian company bought the rights to the name and started making Bugattis again. They didn’t last very long, though, but Volkswagen eventually bought the rights to the Bugatti name. Even under VW, though, the car has only produced a handful of vehicles. Bugattis are sought after not only because of their quality, but also because of this rarity. Cizeta You can’t get much more exclusive than Cizeta. The company was formed in the 1980’s and in the entire time the company existed they built a total of ten cars, two of them after the firm went bankrupt in the 1990’s. Ferrari When Ferrari first began between the two world wars, they manufactured only race cars. After the second World War, though, they made their first street legal cars. In many ways Ferrari is the most iconic of the Italian sports car manufacturers. Showing their interest in stretching their boundaries, they recently showed of a hybrid Ferrari concept car. While most companies use hybrid technology to improve fuel economy, though, the Ferrari uses it as a way to boost horsepower. Lamborghini Lamborghini is one of the more recent entries. The company was founded in the first part of the 1960’s, but like Bugatti it is now under the Volkswagen umbrella. If Ferrari has a rival for most iconic Italian sports cars, Lamborghini would probably be that competition. Maserati Maserati is another entry to that began by building racing cars and in the 1920’s. While Lamborghini and Bugatti are now owned by Volkswagen, though, Maserati is part of Alfa Romeo and part of the Fiat company. There’s just something about Italian styling and engineering that screams “sports car.” Certainly the make some of the most well-known and impressive sports cars out there. It seems that Italy will probably always be regarded as one of the biggest bastions of elite sports cars.
italian sports cars 1

Italian Sports Cars

Best Italian Sports Cars – 06 – 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Page 1 of 8 Best Italian Sports Cars – 06 – 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth The 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth is unquestionably not in the same league as any other vehicle on this list. That being said, it can still be counted as one of the very few Italian sports cars sold in the United States. The Fiat 500 Abarth represents the quickest edition of the subcompact hatchback, and on top of its stiff suspension system and more extroverted styling the vehicle also receives a turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. This mill is good for 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, and it is exclusively matched with a five-speed manual transmission. The Abarth takes seven seconds to reach 60-mph.
italian sports cars 2

Italian Sports Cars

Best Italian Sports Cars – 02 – 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Page 1 of 8 Best Italian Sports Cars – 02 – 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo continues its reign as one of the most in-your-face examples of all-out Italian styling. Available in both coupe and convertible forms, the Lamborghini Gallardo is a chunk of muscled-up sports car that offers a more civilized driving experience than its appearance might suggest. The most affordable member of the Lamborghini family, the Gallardo uses the same 5.2-liter V-10 as the Audi R8, with which it shares a corporate parent. Depending on which edition of the car is ordered, this ten-cylinder mill is good for between 550 and 570 horsepower, with torque checking in at 397 lb-ft. Transmission choices for the Gallardo include a six-speed manual and a six-speed single-clutch automated manual, and all-wheel drive is also available. 60-mph arrives in a scant three seconds when the Lamborghini is launched hard.
italian sports cars 3

Best Italian Sports Cars – 03 – 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Page 1 of 8 Best Italian Sports Cars – 03 – 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C isn’t here quite yet, but enough details about the upcoming Italian sports car have been released to make performance fans salivate. Intended to serve as the olive branch for Alfa Romeo’s return to the American marketplace, the Alfa Romeo 4C wowed fans at this year’s Geneva motor show with its attractive looks and tight mechanical package. 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from a small displacement, turbocharged four-cylinder engine might not seem like much, but factoring in the 4C’s ultra-light 2,100 lb curb weight and its mid-engine placement makes it easy to see how a zero-to-60-mph time in the 4.5 second range would be possible. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is also in the cards for the compact coupe.
italian sports cars 4

It would be all but impossible to have a representative collection of Italian sports cars without at least one Ferrari. Most of the early twelve-cylinder road cars were little more than mildly detuned Competizione models built on the 212 and 166 chassis, and given to all of the same handling and ride characteristics of a race car. Beautiful, powerful cars, yes, but highly impractical. Then in the early 1960s Ferrari burst upon the motoring scene with one spectacular road car after another. Arriving in the wake of the 1962 Le Mans winning 250 GTO came the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, a model that would forever glorify the Italian sports car in America.
italian sports cars 5

Page 1 of 8 Italy has long manufactured some of the most beautifully-designed high performance cars in the entire world. Almost all of the best Italian sports cars come with lofty price tags that put them out of the reach of the average buyer, but that doesn’t mean one can’t dream. Staring at the exotic lines of a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, or an Alfa Romeo can be a semi-religious experience, and hearing their respective engine notes can easily cause the hair on the back of the neck to stand at attention. Let’s take a look at six of the best Italian sports cars that be currently found on U.S. market.
italian sports cars 6

Italy has long manufactured some of the most beautifully-designed high performance cars in the entire world. Almost all of the best Italian sports cars come with lofty price tags that put them out of the reach of the average buyer, but that doesn’t mean one can’t dream. Staring at the exotic lines of a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, or an Alfa Romeo can be a semi-religious experience, and hearing their respective engine notes can easily cause the hair on the back of the neck to stand at attention. Let’s take a look at six of the best Italian sports cars that be currently found on U.S. market.
italian sports cars 7

Best Italian Sports Cars – 04 – 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Page 1 of 8 Best Italian Sports Cars – 04 – 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia The 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia is the most affordable Ferrari sports car around, but don’t let its sub-$300k sticker price fool you: this is one serious performance machine. Helping to keep costs down is the 458 Italia’s mid-mounted eight-cylinder engine, a 4.5-liter mill that tears through the silence of a late-night highway with 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is very near that of the F12berlinetta, showing as 3.4 seconds in the sprint to 60-mph, and it also uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Ferrari makes a long list of options and special features available with the 458 Italia, including an extensive amount of carbon fiber trim and body panels.
italian sports cars 8

There is one more Alfa that should belong in your stable of Italian bred sports cars, a reminder of just how old “modern” sports cars really are, the 1928-1929 6C 1500 Sport Zagato Spider. A mere 171 were built with Spider, Torpedo, or Berlinetta coachwork. These were ideal sports and race cars. Late models, such as the 1928 Zagato-bodied Spider shown, were equipped with the 1,487cc dohc, inline six-cylinder engine. Earlier examples in the 6C 1500 series had been fitted with sohc engines.
italian sports cars 9

Best Italian Sports Cars – 05 – 2013 Lamborghini Aventador Page 1 of 8 Best Italian Sports Cars – 05 – 2013 Lamborghini Aventador Available in both coupe and convertible editions, the nearly-$400,000 2013 Lamborghini Aventador cuts a stunning profile that is befitting of its status one of the most sought-after exotics ever built. The Lamborghini Aventador isn’t exactly easy to drive, as its focus on delivering the ultimate in speed and handling give it a rough ride, and its heft is at times not very urban-friendly. This is a fair trade for the vehicle’s 690 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque, produced by a 6.5-liter V-10 and delivered to all four wheels via standard all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automated manual transmission. The payoff is a top speed of 217 miles per hour and the ability to break the 60-mph barrier in less than three seconds.
italian sports cars 10

Best Italian Sports Cars – 06 – 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth The 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth is unquestionably not in the same league as any other vehicle on this list. That being said, it can still be counted as one of the very few Italian sports cars sold in the United States. The Fiat 500 Abarth represents the quickest edition of the subcompact hatchback, and on top of its stiff suspension system and more extroverted styling the vehicle also receives a turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. This mill is good for 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, and it is exclusively matched with a five-speed manual transmission. The Abarth takes seven seconds to reach 60-mph.

Published on Mar 28, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
| Jef-m
please edit your menu