The world’s petrolheads may have got all revved up over which hypercar they liked best at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva in March but one thing they all agree is that manufacturers have left the track completely when naming their cars.
Ferrari, totally out of fuel, has called its new hybrid LaFerrari. But belying its rather simple name is an insanely fast piece of engineering that combines a direct injection 6.3-litre V12 engine combined with an electric motor that produces more than 950 horsepower and clocks 0 to 100km/h in under three seconds and 0 to 200km/h in seven seconds. Only 499 cars will be made and it’ll set you back a cool €1 million (S$1,600,000).
Lamborgini decided to name it’s new launch after a wild bull that gorged a matador to death in 1914. The Veneno, with its 6.5-litre V12, is good for a top speed of 350km/h and 0 to 100km/h in under three seconds. Sadly only three would-be toreadors will ever get to take it for a round and they’ve already been chosen; each has to fork out three million euros. But hey, what better way to celebrate Lambo’s fiftieth birthday.
Volkswagen didn’t have to scratch their heads for too long to christen the newest Golf; it’s called the Golf VII (if it works for Apple …). It was named Car of the Year 2013 for its “outstanding achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort”. It’s a fair bit more accessible with a starting price of S$136,800 (with COE).