Ferrari has taken an impressive three plaudits in this year’s special Awards Issue of the authoritative BBC Top Gear Magazine, bringing its total tally to 16 over 12 years.
The 458 Speciale A, which is the Prancing Horse’s most powerful ever spider, was named “Convertible of the Year”. Commenting on the latest addition to the Ferrari range presented at the 2014 Paris Show, the magazine declared: “It’s singular and superb and utterly magnificent. It’s easily Top Gear magazine’s Cabriolet of the Year. To drive this car in the blazing sun – the smells of the countryside whipping into the cabin and the Speciale’s engine bouncing merrily around the hills above Maranello – is nothing short of magical.” The 458 Speciale A is a very limited series open-top version of the 458 Speciale which won the title of “Supercar of the Year” in last year’s awards.
The LaFerrari is lauded by James May because “I’ve driven the LaFerrari very hard around Fiorano, twice, and even I can handle it. That alone makes it my Car of the Year”; while Mr Montezemolo receives praise because “few people articulated the brand or understood how to manage its exclusivity and desirability better than di Montezemolo”.