Italian automakers continue to outdo themselves with models that make car enthusiasts’ hearts beat faster. These sports cars are rather made for the racetrack than for the street.
Sports car with black horse: Fast, faster, Ferrari
Ferrari is the brand that car fans probably think of first when it comes to Italian sports cars. No wonder, because the successes on the race track have lasted and stand for the best quality work of the car manufacturer as well as all specialists, who are involved in the emergence of this racer. The company was once founded by Enzo Ferrari (1947), but today the Fiat group has taken over a large part of the company. There is a great variety of construction methods and there are models with mid-, front- or rear-mounted engines as well as those that are based on 12 cylinders or even variants that have only six or eight cylinders.
Ferrari is the brand that car fans probably think of first when it comes to Italian sports cars.(#01)
Who else is there in Italy?
The counter question should rather be: Where should we start if we wanted to list the car manufacturers in Italy?? There are countless manufacturers of sports cars that have been able to make a name for themselves around the world. Among the top 3 Italian car models, besides the already mentioned cars with black horse on yellow background, there are certainly the cars of Lamborghini. Once upon a time, this brand began its journey in automotive manufacturing as the production of tractors, which, by the way, are still coveted among collectors today. The brand is now no longer independent, but belongs to VW and Audi.
Also worth mentioning is the Maserati Quattroporte and the Maserati Quattroporte. the manufacturer itself. The company has a long tradition and has been known since 1914. Once founded in Bologna, Maserati began its triumphal march in the world of racing. That was in the 1950s. The Quattroporte and the Biturbo models have sold particularly well worldwide. Maserati belongs today however likewise to the Fiat group.
Not to be forgotten here is Alfa Romeo. This car manufacturer also belongs to Fiat, but was completely independent until 1986. The cars are sporty and elegant, but look less like sports cars and more like fast street racers for everyday use. The “Giulia”, which was relaunched in modern times, is now considered a classic, and the Spider also enjoys great popularity as a roadster. These cars do not actually come from Italy, but have their roots in France. After the development was very negative with this automaker, it went only again upward, when the Fiat company accomplished the assumption.
By the way: No matter which sports car you look at: All of them drive at least 300 kilometers per hour or even faster!
Pogea Racing: Here the purpose for which the tuning provider improves cars is already in the name (#02)
Buy Italian sports cars
For most car fans the sports cars from Italy remain a dream. The reason: They are simply far too expensive and often cost several hundred thousand euros. As a used car such a car may certainly still be affordable, but who has lost his heart to such a runabout, will hardly want to fall back on a used car. Mostly it is about getting this vehicle new and really being able to call it your own.
If you still want to fulfill your dream of driving, you can turn to one of the numerous rental car providers. Here sometimes even exotic sports cars from Italy are offered, which then cost 100 euros or more for one or two hours of driving. However, the offers are very different and while some require a five-digit deposit, other providers are a bit more lenient.
Important tip: Be sure to look at the insurance when renting a sports car! Because a car like this, which reacts to the slightest movement of your foot with powerful acceleration, can cost you dearly in the event of damage. Especially since it’s tempting to find out how fast the car can really go.
Nemesis: This Alfa Romeo, also known as the 4C, is also made by Pogea Racing or. benefits from their improvements and boasts 477 horsepower and up to 308 kilometers per hour.
Examples of current sports cars from Italy
The following sports cars impress with their looks as much as with their inner values, whereby for true car fans the latter are probably the more important.
- Pagani Huayra
In San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, there is a car manufacturer that knows how to impress with its small series. Anyone who has ever sat in a Pagani Huayra will have felt as if they were piloting a jet when accelerating. The jet feel is intentional on the part of the manufacturer and the name is derived from the deity of wind. This car brand is keeping up with the times, as the first electric sports car is planned for 2025. This should once again draw attention to San Cesario sul Panaro!
- Pogea Racing
Here the purpose for which the tuning provider improves cars is already in the name. Currently, the FPlus Corsa is particularly noteworthy and scores with a top speed of 345 km/h and acceleration from zero to one hundred in 2.8 seconds. There are said to be no more than twenty of this type of car, so that if the owners were to meet they would only make up a small group. Important detail here is that there should be full TuV for the car, but the manufacturer did not name a price yet. Also the thing with the used car might become difficult here: Whoever gets hold of one of these vehicles will not part with it again so soon!
This Alfa Romeo also known as 4C also comes from Pogea Racing resp. benefits from their improvements and comes up with 477 horsepower and up to 308 kilometers per hour. Allegedly the car needs only 3.6 seconds, in order to come from zero to hundred. In addition, the car is made of full carbon and has a rear wing, but it is fixed. Inside the car is covered with Alcantara and leather. A price is not yet available, but it is certain that it will be very high. Because: Only five of the Nemesis will be built, whereby the first model has already found its new owner in Australia.
488 GTB and 488 Spider. The Spider 488 is one of the two Ferrari models with 670 HP, as well as with a carbon body kit can offer.(#04)
- 488 GTB and 488 Spider
These two Ferrari models come with 670 hp as standard and a carbon body kit. The car is larger than its predecessor and now measures 2.09 meters in width. Also new are the fixed rear wing, the black taillights and the diffuser. The V8 engine ensures that it is over with the standard performance. Instead, there is now 772 horsepower and 892 Newton meters available, providing a sprint time of 2.8 seconds. The top speed is 342 kilometers per hour. The new models are produced in runs of just eleven units each.
Maserati, like Ferrari’s new models, benefits from the services of Novitec. The Maserati Levante SUV is twelve centimeters wider because it has been given a new body kit. In addition wider fenders, a front apron with spoiler sword, a new rear apron and a carbon scoop, which is now on the hood. The rims in Y-spoke design show how sporty the car really is and create a sporty image thanks to different dimensions. The small diesel now has 301 hp, the large diesel 322 hp. The Levante S model, on the other hand, even comes along with 494 hp! As always, prices are only available on request.
The Mazzanti Evantra is considered a super sports car and was presented to the public for the first time in 2013.(#05)
- Abarth 500
Pogea Racing has once again had a hand in creating a sports car that is second to none. Not for nothing is the new model called “Ares”. Once the model was only equipped with 135 hp from the factory. Four years and an enormous development effort later, it’s already 404 horsepower and 445 Newton meters. In addition, seven different turbochargers and three injection systems have been tested. The engine has been turned inside out (and back again) for the new power and has actually been reworked in almost every place. Now there are forged pistons, an intercooler, a larger turbo, etc. Also an oil cooling was integrated, so that from the small runabout a genuine sports car became. The acceleration from zero to one hundred in 4.7 seconds is slower than other sports cars (like the new Mazzani Evantra), but it is more a sports car than a racing car. For greater safety, there is a reinforced clutch and a gearbox that can really cope with this performance. The good piece costs 69.615 euros and thus a lot less than some other sports cars.
Another sports car for the road, which stands out for its race car look, is the Centurion 002, which has undergone a complete renovation by Pogea Racing, but is very rare. It is limited to ten copies and also known as Alfa 4C. the aerodynamics are second to none! The rear and front aprons, as well as the rear spoiler and diffuser, were made of full carbon and adapted to the car. The performance is now 319 hp and 455 Newton meters. The transmission has been revised and shifts about 55 percent faster than the standard transmission. 3.8 seconds the car needs to accelerate to 100 km/h, after 14 seconds 200 km/h are reached. Top speed is 305 km/h.
Maserati, like Ferrari’s new models, benefits from Novitec performance. (#06)
- Mazzanti Evantra
The Mazzanti Evantra is considered a super sports car and was presented to the public for the first time in 2013. The V8 car brings 751 hp and a torque of 860 Newton meters. Three seconds is needed for the sports car to accelerate from zero to one hundred.
In addition to the Evantra, of which only five vehicles are produced annually in Pontedera, Italy, there is also the Evantra EV Millcavalli, which was limited to only 25 units.
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Marius Beilhammer, born in 1969, studied journalism in Bamberg, Germany. He has been writing for technical magazines for many years, and is also a freelance writer on a wide range of market and business topics. As a Franconian cheerful soul, he always strikes a balance in his work between lightness and comprehensive know-how thanks to his pronounced affinity for technology.