Italian exotic

Wasn’t That a Lamborghini That Just Whooshed Past?


Svelte Supercar: The $240,000 Lamborghini Superleggera

Congratulations! Your membership in the recession has expired. Throw off that sad shade of Gray Austerity which hardly becomes you. It’s time to abuse your bank account.

But what to buy?

Proud owner: Okay, not so much

You might consider a diamond-encrusted Victoria’s Secret bra. Or perhaps a Greenwich mansion with a dollar-sign shaped swimming pool. Or a Lamborghini. Yes, how about a nice Lambo for the six-car garage?

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Motoring Italy in the New $220,000 Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 in all its glory

The security gate snaps out of the way and I fulfill a dream: I pull a blood-red Ferrari out of the entrance of the Ferrari factory. Better, it’s the new 458 Italia, the successor to the immensely popular F430 sports car.

Almost nobody has driven the mid-engine monster, and fewer still have motored out of the same entrance where founder Enzo Ferrari himself, wearing an ill-fitting suit, arrived every morning, to be met by a dog named Dick.

Still, the village of Maranello, west of Bologna, is less romantic than I’d imagined. It is dominated by the car factory and tourism amounts to entrepreneurs selling rides in rag-tag Ferraris and pizza restaurants festooned with the Ferrari logo.

Maranello, Italy — home of the prancing stallion

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