Green Light

Fort Lauderdale Magazine is looking at fashion this month – and sometimes, the best accessory is the one you’re driving.

By: 

Gisel Habibnejad

Published date: 

Sep. 1, 2017

Ford GT

While most supercars boast luxury and speed, the Ford GT is made for those who truly appreciate impeccable performance and pure American muscle.

The handling is incredibly sharp, and in track mode, it lowers down to 2.7 inches of ground clearance and its display centers the tachometer and gear (removing gas mileage and pushing speed to the side). The track mode also changes the shape of the car: adding a Gurney Flap for more downforce and controlling the flaps at the front according to your preference.

The steering wheel closely resembles that of a race car and contains 18 separate buttons and two dials to optimize your experience.

At a top speed of 216 mph, the Ford GT broke records for achieving the highest speed of any Ford vehicle in history. Lightweight innovations, such as a carbon-fiber body build and aluminum structures, played a large part in this breakthrough.

Priced at $453,750, the car's notable features include its twin-turbo 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine with 647 hp at 6,250 rpm and 550 lb-ft of torque.


Ferrari 812 Superfast

Reaching a top speed of more than 211 mph, the Ferrari 812 Superfast has been praised as the fastest and most powerful Ferrari yet. The biggest contributing factor? Its 6.5 liter V12 engine that blasts off with 789 hp at 8,500 rpm and 512 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. It is also the first Ferrari to be equipped with an electric power steering system. And if you’re into burning rubber, Michelin and Pirelli teamed up to make tires specifically designed to complement the speed and look of the car.

While it’s been modeled after the F12berlinetta, its braking performance has upgraded significantly. Priced at about $315,000, rumor has it there’s a waiting list of one to two years to own the 812 Superfast.


Ferrari 488 GTB

While the Superfast boasts an impressive engine, the Ferrari 488 GTB gets its speed with the help of aerodynamics. Its aerodynamic qualities include an aero pillar, which deflects air hitting the front of the car, as well as an F1-inspired double spoiler, flat underbody, scalloped air intake, a new diffuser and drag reduction system. A noteworthy innovation is its new Ferrari-patented blown spoiler, which increases its downforce (50 percent higher than the previous model) and keeps the drag low.

While the aerodynamic design is impressive, let’s not forget the engine. Powered by a turbocharged 3.9-liter V8, its 3900 CC power unit is Ferrari’s most high performance engine with zero turbo lag. It also comes equipped with Brembo Extreme Design Braking System.

With the announcement of the 488 GTB, the world was also introduced to the first keyless start vehicle in Ferrari history. A new color was also designed to parallel its innovative qualities: Rosso Corsa Metalizzato.

Its top speed has been recorded at 205 mph with 661 hp at 8,000 rpm at 561 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. Odds are if you see someone driving this car, they’ve owned a Ferrari before as it is only available to previous owners at a starting price of $270,000.


Bugatti Chiron

If you seek a supercar unlike any other, then the Bugatti Chiron is for you. Priced at a cool $3 million, it goes beyond the aesthetics with unbelievable speed levels exceeding 270 mph while achieving the highest levels of comfort.

Every detail down to the wheels has improved since the Bugatti’s last big release, the Veyron. They’re lightweight and, because of the revamped brake caliper ventilation, run up to 50 percent cooler. The Chiron’s adaptive chassis contains five drive modes to adjust ride height, steering effort, damping and power distribution.

Not to mention its newly developed 8.0 liter W16 engine boosted with four turbochargers that are now double-charged. This is a 25-percent increase in performance compared to its predecessor. This provides its 1,500 hp at 6,700 rpm and 1,180 lb-ft of torque at 2,000-6,000 rpm.

Some engineers theorize that the car could reach 288 mph but, with good reason, Bugatti doesn’t want anyone to reach this speed due to tire safety. Thankfully, the brakes are capable of coming to a complete stop from 124 mph in 410 feet.


Bentley Bentayga

The Bentley Bentayga has the luxury of a Bentley and the ruggedness of an SUV. According to Bentley, it is the most refined luxury diesel ever built – and the interior alone would seem to prove it. The fluted seat design matches the door cushion while the upper cabin trimmed in Eliade and optional Liquid Amber will assure you that you’re sitting in a Bentley. Starting at $229,100, it’ll cost you an extra $160,000 if you want a Breitling timepiece installed in the dashboard.

The first diesel in Bentley’s history reaches a top speed of 168 mph powered by a turbocharged 6.0 liter W12 engine with 600 hp at 5,000 rpm and 664 lb-ft of torque at 1,350–4,500 rpm, achieving the highest output of any diesel SUV.

It also boasts a new triple charging feature made up of two mechanical, twin-scroll turbochargers and a third unit that helps eliminate turbo lag.

The latest clean technology was key when building the Bentayga, as it only emits 210 g/km of CO2 with a fuel consumption of 35.3 mpg.