Showstoppers from Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini
When you hear “supercar,” what image comes to mind? Chances are you’re thinking of something Italian, possibly red. That’s because the home of the supercar is and always has been in Italy. Specifically, Modena, where Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and even Ducati and Pagani are all headquartered within about 20 miles of each other. Thanks to the long, shared history of these proud, specialist automakers, most of us now associate speed with the Italians.
In recent years, it’s become easy to question the future of the supercar and traditional car enthusiasm in the face of electrification and automation. All the old-guard performance brands have begun building SUVs, begrudgingly betraying their purist tendencies to meet consumer demand (even Ferrari is planning an SUV for 2022!). But the bread and butter for these exclusive manufacturers are supercars infused with racing-developed tech — the cars that turn heads and inspire kids. The ones that cause a reaction.
In celebration of the Italian automotive spirit, we rounded up a handful of the most exciting cars from Italy’s most storied brands. Without further ado, here are 11 Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Maseratis available on Turo right now.
Lamborghini’s current flagship is instantly recognizable for its sleek fighter-jet appearance. The Aventador is all angles and aggression, powered by Lambo’s famous V12 to the tune of around 700 horsepower. This example’s satin finish gives it a muted sinister edge, but even so it’s nowhere close to subtle.
2019 Aventador SVJ
Wow. There’s a whole lot to say about the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. For starters, it’s the quickest Lambo ever and the current Nurburgring production lap record holder! Based on the already ludicrous Aventador SV, the SVJ (Superveloce Jota) is the ultimate track-focused version of the Aventador, with increased power and a whole lot of aerodynamic improvements over the “standard” Aventador. It’s impossible to overstate how incredibly special this historic vehicle is — it’s one of just 900 SVJ coupes built. Nobody does ostentatious firebending road cars like Lambo, and there’s no Lambo like the SVJ.
2019 Huracán Spyder
Lamborghini’s big V12-powered flagships may get most of the glory, but the smaller Huracán more than pulls its weight for the fighting bull. This 2019 Huracán Spyder has a two-tone Halloween treatment, in case the roaring V10 doesn’t catch your attention. By Lambo standards, the Huracán is also reasonably comfortable for rumbling around Beverly Hills or Miami Beach.
2008 Gallardo Spyder
The Huracán’s predecessor was a huge hit for Lamborghini. In the early 2000s, they sold more Gallardos than all other Lamborghinis produced, ever. As this blacked-out 2008 Gallardo Spyder shows, the Gallardo’s design is aging magnificently. And with the top down, you can experience all the Lambo drama in open-air theater.
1994 348 Spider
In the mid-’90s, the Ferrari 348 Spider was the exotic convertible to own. The Pininfarina-styled body took cues from the famous Testarossa, highlighted by those groovy side strakes and pop-up headlights. 320-horsepower Ferrari V8, manual gated shifter, yellow paint, infinite headroom… what’s not to like?
2019 488 Spider
Each successive V8-powered super sports car from Ferrari seems to set the bar for the rest of the industry, and the 488 is no exception. Like the 458 and F430 before it, the Ferrari 488 GTB (this one a Spider) is a masterclass in doing everything to the highest degree. The quality of the handcrafted interior is in-your-face exquisite, the performance is off the charts, and at the end of the day, there’s nothing quite like driving a red convertible Ferrari.
2020 488 Pista
Another very special one. The Ferrari 488 Pista is the track-focused version of the 488 GTB (Pista means “track” in Italian), dropping almost 200 pounds and gaining 50 horsepower over the base version. Over half the parts in the Pista’s V8 are upgraded over the regular 488, and the result is 710 horsepower — the most powerful V8 engine ever made by Ferrari. The Pista has all sorts of aerodynamic improvements as well to increase cooling and downforce, the most noticeable being the carbon fiber bumper that directs air over the hood.
2017 812 Superfast
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the most powerful series production car ever to come out of Maranello. At max RPM, its V12 bellows out a laughably impressive 800 horsepower, and all the performance stats back that up. Despite the world-moving power, this is a front-engined, rear-wheel drive grand tourer that’s perfectly happy with weekend trips and highway commutes, though at a brisker pace than usual. Ferrari’s technical wizardry keeps all systems in the green while you sit back and enjoy your V12 GT car.
The F430 was yet another gem from Ferrari and a lauded addition to their lineage of mid-engined V8 supercars. 11 years after its discontinuation, the F430’s style is aging with extreme grace. This 2006 example is in classic Rosso Corsa paint, a perfect compliment to its 4.3L V8.
2011 GranTurismo Convertible
For over a decade and a half, the sleek GranTurismo has been the most evocative model in the Maserati lineup. This super-GT positively oozes style, with delicious details adorning its nearly perfectly proportioned shape. This GranTurismo convertible turns the looks up to 11 with a gold finish, so you’ll never ever lose this car in the parking lot.
2017 GranTurismo MC
This late-year GranTurismo is an MC, the GT’s top trim. Under the hood, a 4.7L V8 co-developed with Ferrari gives the GT plenty of life, and the MC’s added intakes give it an even more aggressive vibe. Sadly the GranTurismo was discontinued last year, and it’s just so beautiful that we can’t wait for Maserati to release its replacement, whenever that may be.