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WATCH: Ferrari Enzo and LaFerrari Meet in Tunnel, Sound Amazing

A video from known Italian YouTube exotic scooper Marchinetto has surfaced, and it shows like the intro to a bad joke. A LaFerrari and an Enzo drive into a tunnel, and one says to the other, “hey, wanna rev?” Tacky humor aside, there’s nothing funny about Ferrari’s latest hypercar meeting its iconic predecessor—instead, there is just sweet, sweet mechanical music from both cars, which use their tunnel time to rev. Loudly.

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Hublot Creates Amazing LaFerrari Tribute Watch—No, It’s Not Called LaHublot

Respected watchmaker Hublot has unveiled its latest Ferrari-themed timepiece, the MP-05 LaFerrari. Limited to a production run of just 50 numbered pieces, the horologic tribute to Ferrari s LaFerrari hypercar eschews the traditional dial for a fully modern design that displays the intricate watch-works behind a sapphire crystal reminiscent of the car s engine cover. In this way, it s like wearing a miniscule Ferrari on your wrist, for people who think tiny wrist Ferraris are an appropriate way to tell time.

According to Hublot, the MP-05 LaFerrari timepiece was developed—in technical and design terms—in parallel with the car. Hublot is particularly proud of the watch’s sophisticated, inline, 11-barrel design that provides for a 50-day power reserve; long enough to outlast any minor disputes with the hired help who usually handle the watch-winding detail over at your pad.

The piece boasts no fewer than 637 components—the most ever for Hublot (but, really, who’s counting?)—for the movement alone. The mechanism also includes a tourbillon cage, an arcane device that aims to counter the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement mechanism and balance wheel inside a rotating cage. Its purpose long superseded by modern, yet possibly less-elegant measures, the tourbillon included here is “significantly larger than usual,” featuring a cage diameter of 0.6 inch for even better appreciation of the watch s mechanical innards.

For watch geeks, the inclusion of a tourbillon is the equivalent to pouring out bottles of Cristal on a nightclub floor; you do it solely because you can.

The black titanium case features a titanium and carbon-fiber housing that reveals the winding crown. Hours and minutes are displayed beside the spine-like central barrels, indicated by means of rotating anodized black aluminum cylinders. Opposite the time display are the cylinders indicating the power reserve.

Reinforcing bars rest on either side, and are made from anodized red aluminum, intended to bring to mind Ferrari s signature hue. Curiously, the strap is a reasonably simple black rubber affair with a folding buckle.

No one would buy a LaFerrari without a stylish garage to keep it in, and Hublot has you covered there, too: Each watch is accompanied by a presentation case made from Schedoni leather and carbon fiber. It also contains MP-05–specific winding tools. Pricing hasn t been released, and is probably best kept between you and your personal jeweler.

Tiny fire extinguisher sold separately.

The Continental: Lingering Questions from the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him. the Continental.

No manual for you!

As this story is published, the Geneva auto show is in its second week. For me, the show triggered as many questions as it provided answers, and I could not identify a dominant theme for the show, which seemed to be weaker than usual on concept cars. Here are some random but thought-provoking observations:

Porsche and Manuals

The industry, unfortunately, is working to get rid of manual transmissions. Porsche is fitting its latest 911 GT3 with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and when questioned about the move, the automaker responded with a flurry of rhetorical questions such as whether the company should go back to carburetors and or ditch ABS. Of course, the dual-clutch auto provides superior shifting times. But I contest the notion that it is therefore the only logical choice for the GT3.

Shifting gears is an essential part of operating a car, over which I wish to exercise total control; even with paddle-actuated shifts, there is an extra layer between me and the car. And the dual-clutch automatic is heavier than a manual transmission, to boot. I hear that the upcoming GT3 RS could become available with a manual transmission.

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Porsche and others would do well to reflect on the enthusiastic reaction towards the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86. It came in second in the European Car of the Year votes and placed among the top four in the World Car Awards; the actual winner will be announced later this month. The sports-car trio s popularity is a powerful message to the industry: People love light-weight, tossable sports cars, even if they re low on sophistication.

And they love a manual. (The cars didn t get votes because of their available slushboxes).

Qoros Charging On

Qoros could permanently change the perception of Chinese cars. Funded by an Israeli-Chinese cooperation and engineereed with input from Austrian and German engineers, these cars are bordering on premium in content and appearance. The long-term dedication is visible in the three body variations shown in Geneva; an SUV is sure to come, as are further variations in the future. Qoros displays a consistent, attractive styling language (at which some German manufacturers need to take a hard look).

Safety will not be an issue, the cars are expected to pass the (overrated) NCAP tests with flying colors. And Qoros also triggered the amusing footnote which is Audi s lawsuit against the Chinese company s use of the GQ3 moniker. Transforming the image of the Chinese auto industry, and topping it off with exposing the Volkswagen Group s nervousness—no wonder Qoros executives were all smiles at this show.

Fiat Group on Hold

For Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia, there was little in Geneva beyond a number of new trim levels and special editions, some of which we d seen months ago. But, lo and behold, the Alfa Romeo 4C is here in production trim. I nearly choked on its headlight assembly, which looks like a cluster of aftermarket commodity parts thrown together. The units lack a glass cover, which I assume saves Alfa the cost of getting the headlights certified.

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This styling is barely acceptable for tuners, and least of all for a proud brand like Alfa Romeo.

Enthusiasts to BMW, Come In BMW

BMW needs to do something to please its loyalists. Its laundry list of enthusiast disappointments include the downsizing from its wonderful inline-six engines to four-cylinders; substituting hydraulic power steering with electric; announcing a new wave of front-wheel drive vehicles; and launching the Active Tourer people-mover concept as well as the i EV brand and hybrids in every segment. Now comes the un-pretty 3-series Gran Turismo derivative with a longer wheelbase, large hatch, and a raised seating position and center of gravity. The car makes sense, but we really, really, need to see something we can love, such as the next-gen M3 .

Not-So-Super Supercars?

This year, supercars are hybrids. The contest between the McLaren P1. the Porsche 918, and the unfortunately named Ferrari La Ferrari will be played out in terms of flat-out performance, Nürburgring lap times, and—of course—mileage figures. What I am curious about is whether the prospective customers care. These good people, I am told by executives, are desperately waiting for a supercar which allows them to creep through their neighborhood on electric power, so their beloved neighbors won t be disturbed in their sleep. Really?

I submit that a day with a supercar needs to begin with ritual firing-up process which involves an angry bark right in my own driveway. I see these ultra-complex hybrid supercars as technology exercises and showcases, which may prove more difficult to sell than conventionally powered supercars.

Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen Group s luxury cars need some styling help. Among the design community, there was almost universal disapproval of the Lamborghini Veneno. an Aventador-based supercar which was obviously designed for a racing game played by 12-year-olds. Cool-looking? Sure, but the Veneno s modular styling language is utterly disconnected from every other Lamborghini currently sold, and in fact ever built.

It was a relief when we heard that it won t affect future Lamborghinis, either.

And the Bentley Flying Spur. I like the fact that it is further removed from the two-door Continental GT than its predecessor, but that means it also doesn t look nearly as good as the Continental. The Flying Spur s trunk is low, slightly sagging, and it also reveals some cost-cutting.

Since this car is still based on the Volkswagen Phaeton, couldn t Bentley keep the Phaeton s trick trunk lock, which swings upwards and into the trunk when opened? Inside the Flying Spur, the door-to-instrument-panel section is poorly executed, too.

Road for EVs is Rocky

There is no clear path towards electric-vehicle production anymore. The industry anticipates sharp regulation to lower emissions and consumption, but the future methods of measuring them are up in the air; so is the measuring of the consumption of plug-in hybrids and electrics. The current disadvantages of battery-electric vehicles—expense, range, and weight—are so glaring that companies are beginning to strongly doubt the optimistic predictions.

Now we hear the gospel of the plug-in hybrid everywhere, and of course the fuel cell is just beyond the horizon. Perhaps regulators wake up to the exciting possibilities by newfound natural gas resources. The technology is there, and it is not all that revolutionary, as witnessed by the A3 g-tron and the Honda Civic Natural Gas. Sometimes real progress is so easy.

And for that green statement, you can always go biking.

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