The ‘soft­est’ Fer­rari has more grunt, yet it’s also kinder to the ozone layer

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red­line is re­buked by mak­ers of en­vi­ron­men­tal leg­is­la­tion and cus­to­di­ans of the law.

Rather than ad­mit all is lost and start mak­ing diesels – a la Porsche – Fer­rari has neatly ad­dressed eco ne­ces­si­ties not by re­duc­ing per­for­mance, but slightly en­hanc­ing it.

The means of achiev­ing is known by the acro­nym HELE (High Ex­cite­ment Low Emis­sions, I’mafraid) and it has no lit­tle fury. which more be­low) adds a neg­li­gi­ble $2750 to the Cal­i­for­nia’s $460,000 sticker, in­clud­ing Wayne Swan’s lux­ury tax and var­i­ous charges.

The fold­ing hard­top con­vert­ible is the most affordable in Fer­rari’s line-up and this nice price (it’s all rel­a­tive at this level) plus its boule­vard-rather than B-road­bash­ing na­ture make it the choice of 70 per cent of Fer­rari new­com­ers. In essence, HELE uses less fuel (1.6L/100km less on the

Green is good: Fer­rari has in­creased the per­for­mance of its green­est car

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