Tyred and emo­tional

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE in­clu­sion of sev­eral male mod­els in this year’s Pirelli Cal­en­dar prompted us to ask whether it would ap­peal to women as much as to men.

It seems the an­swer is a re­sound­ing ‘‘yes’’, judg­ing by the num­ber of women who en­tered and who fig­ured strongly in the list of fi­nal win­ners.

Anne Costello, of New South Wales, takes home the first prize of a set of Pirelli Cin­tu­rato tyres, plus a copy of this year’s cal­en­dar, with her an­swer that: The Pirelli Cal­en­dar’s artis­tic, sexy flair would ap­peal to both men and women ev­ery­where. Women love the artis­tic sleek­ness. The sen­sual women are men’s weak­ness.

The cal­en­dar win­ner in Vic­to­ria is Jessie Wor­thing­ton, with: There’s a hero­ine named Ju­lianne Moore, who goes out to war, to even the score, kicks skinny mod­els out the door, women’s im­age fi­nally re­stored!

In Queens­land, the cal­en­dar went to Delia Tin­dal, who de­manded: It’s sexy. It’s stylish. It’s fun. It’s ev­ery­thing ap­peal­ing rolled into one. Please put my name on the list of who’s won!

The South Aus­tralia/North­ern Ter­ri­tory cal­en­dar went to Ron Gray for: Pirelli makes you want to be, ex­actly what the eyes do see. For male and fe­male I do feel, youth and beauty will al­ways ap­peal.

In Tas­ma­nia, the win­ning en­try was Jill King’s: Man or woman, car or tyre. It makes no dif­fer­ence which we ad­mire. VIP or mere mor­tal, we all ap­pre­ci­ate the Pirelli por­tal.

And Rod Birch won the West Aus­tralian cal­en­dar with a clever play on the Pirelli spell­ing: Pic­tures of sheer beauty. Iconic tyre brand. Revered by oth­ers. Elect to choose dis­tinc­tion. Let him ad­mire. Let her adore. In­spi­ra­tion and qual­ity be­yond gen­der.

IT’’S not red or sexy, but this is a Fer­rari. Hid­den be­neath the bil­low­ing black blan­kets is the com­ing re­place­ment for the Fer­rari 612 Scagli­etti.

It is caught by Carparazzi on a road near Fer­rari’s Maranello home base in Italy and it doesn’t take much imag­i­na­tion to strip away the dis­guise of a car that is ex­pected to be un­veiled at the Geneva Mo­tor Show next month.

Carparazzi re­ports the body­work will have a frontal de­sign close to the lat­est 458 speed­ster and a four-tailpipe ex­haust sys­tem.

It will also have a prom­i­nent rear hatch­back to make the 612 more prac­ti­cal than the mid- en­gined mem­bers of the Fer­rari fam­ily. The 612 suc­ces­sor is also ex­pected to have an ad­vanced all-wheel-drive sys­tem, seven-speed dou­ble­clutch trans­mis­sion and a 6.3-litre V12 en­gine pro­duc­ing 500kW.

The pack­age is promis­ing a 0-100km/h of 3.7 sec­onds and a top speed of 335km/h.

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