The stable of the Prancing Horse has released another limited-edition thoroughbred, the F60 America
Fast Lane The stable of the Prancing Horse has released another limited-edition thoroughbred, the F60 America (above). -- PHOTO: FERRARI

IN CELEBRATION OF FERRARI'S 60TH

The stable of the Prancing Horse has released another limited-edition thoroughbred, the F60 America. It commemorates the 60th anniversary of Ferrari in North America and only 10 of the collectibles will be produced, all of them in classic 1960s North American Racing Team livery and already spoken for.

Essentially a bespoke speedster derivative of the 6.3-litre V12-powered F12berlinetta, the F60 America has distinctive features that include a pair of leather roll-hoops, a "temporary" fabric roof (with a 120kmh speed cap) and asymmetric cabin colours - red for the driver's area and black for the co-driver's. Composite materials and artistic American-flag motifs complete the cockpit.


BLUE BULL WEARS GREEN BADGE

With the Asterion LPI 910-4 prototype, Lamborghini has signalled its intent to enter the hybrid hypercar segment currently occupied by the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918.

The Asterion is basically an electrified 5.2-litre V10 Huracan in Blue Elektra bodywork. Performance figures claimed by the Italian carmaker include a total petrol-electric power output of 910bhp, a century sprint timing of three seconds and a top speed of 320kmh.

Equally impressive are the green performance figures - fuel economy of more than 24km a litre, CO2 emission as low as 98g a km and a realistic battery-only range of 50km.

The Asterion's cockpit will be familiar to Lambo owners, except for the seats, which are positioned higher than in other Lamborghinis.

Another key difference is the steering wheel's driving mode selector, which offers Zero (for zero emission, fully electric operation), Ibrido (for hybrid drive) and Termico (for maximum "thermal" velocity).


SEOUL DELICIOUS

If the expressway to a motorist's heart is through his stomach, Kia might taste success with its latest marketing move, which needs an actual trip to the market.

The Korean carmaker worked with threeMichelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his wife to create a range of recipes parked under Taste Of Kia.

The French chef describes the dishes as "approachable but luxurious" - like the Kia Optima, perhaps - and they are influenced by Korean cuisine.

The menu items include a crab and avocado salad starter, a beef tenderloin entree with Gochujang butter sauce, lobster sliders and spicy grilled barbecue chicken. The recipes will be shared on the company's global website.

ASTON'S FINEST

British boutique supercar maker Aston Martin has revived the Lagonda name, along with its 1970s ethos - "the finest of fast cars".

The new-age ultra-luxury saloon is meant for the Middle East market, whose petrodollars will be buying a piece of modern Aston automotive art, but only if the buyer has been invited by the seller to buy one. The car is that exclusive and the confidential pricing is said to be commensurate with the exclusivity.

Providing the foundation for the Lagonda are Aston Martin's trusty VH chassis and virile 5.9-litre V12 powerplant.

Deliveries to oil sheikhs will start early next year.

-- PHOTOS: LAMBORGHINI, ASTON MARTIN, TOYOTA, KIA

TOYOTA'S SUV - SPORT-UTILITY VESSEL

The Ponam-31 is Japanese carmaker Toyota's new 12-person, aluminium-hull leisure craft that could be the seagoing equivalent of the Land Cruiser Prado SUV, especially since its pair of 3-litre 4-cylinder direct-injection diesel motors are marine derivatives of the Prado's engine.

Also adapted from automotive technology are the boat's Toyota Drive Assist and Toyota Virtual Anchor, both of which support the pilot as he controls the vessel from its open-plan flybridge, where there is a rear-deck rail reminiscent of a Toyota Supra spoiler.