This Week in Motoring: December 15, 2014

Bespoke Ferraris, Neymar goes rallying, McLaren announces the 2015 F1 line up, the Ford Focus RS goes global and more.



The First Ferrari Sergio
To mark 60 years of collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina, Ferrari let the design house go to town on a 458 Speciale Aperta. Only six will be made, and the first has just found a home in the United Arab Emirates. The 605 horsepower 4.5-liter V8 remains unchanged, but it is now wrapped in a bespoke body molded by Pininfarina. They’re so proud of their work they named it after the design house’s founder.

Automobile‘s American Muscle Comparison
The first round of the muscle car wars ended a few decades ago — and now Detroit’s big three are back at it. Automobile magazine are celebrating the only way they know how: By pitting the current muscle from Chevy, Dodge and Ford against each other once more.

McLaren Finally Announces 2015 F1 Lineup
After much delay and fan disappointment, the McLaren F1 team have finally announced their 2015 driver line up. Some believe the treatment of veteran driver Jenson Button was appalling; others are wondering how well the team have patched things up with Fernando Alonso since 2007. But everyone is excited to see Honda and McLaren back in business together again.

Ford Focus RS Goes Global
For decades Ford’s hottest version of the Focus has been exclusive to Europe. Now it’s been confirmed that the Focus RS will make it to American shores in a bid to further Ford’s global branding plans.

Neymar Goes Rallying
FC Barcelona’s Neymar da Silva Santos Jr is undoubtedly good at soccer. What he is not good at is reading rally pace notes at speed. Rally champ Sebastian Ogier enlists Neymar to do so sitting shotgun on a joy ride; panic ensues.

Porsche GT3 RS Spotted Testing at the Artic Circle
The highest-performing version of the 911 was spotted, sans camo, on a test run up above the Arctic Circle. To set it apart from the rest of the range, the 2016 GT3 RS has grown vents over the front wheel wells and sprouted a tanning bed-sized rear wing out back. Expect power to be well north of 500 horses.

Behind the Wheel: 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz’s longest-running production model, the Gelandewagen (a.k.a. G-Wagen), is a testament to versatility and timeless style. For $135,000 one can not only look ultra tough in this military-inspired ride but drive like it as well. Learn more

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