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The Ferrari 458 Italia w/COR Encor Forged Wheels

Corsa Encor!

Ferrari models always have racing blood pumping through their veins, gripping the road through sharp turns and speeding forward with blistering acceleration. But then there’s also been a certain Italian style that has accompanied this motorsports character that set these super cars apart from the rest of the automotive industry.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is no different; especially with its fresh set of COR Encor forged wheels that fit the Italian super car like a glove. The white Ferrari Italia has it all: a sleek, wedge shaped exotic design, a roaring 4.5-liter with 562 bhp, and a precise chassis that can carve corners with ease. It’s the classic Italian super car and is at the top of its game with a set of new COR Encor wheels.

The Encor forged three-piece wheels are featured in the Classic model line at COR and showcase a special split five-spoke design. Each wheel is constructed using aerospace-quality T6-6061 forged aluminum that is stronger and lighter than other wheels on the market. This helps to reduce weight at the wheel hub which leads to increased acceleration, shorter stopping distances, and better overall handling dynamics.

On a white Ferrari 458 Italia, the classic COR Encor wheels were installed in a staggered setup to emphasize the rear-wheel drive power and incredible performance from the mid-engined super car. The front axle wears a pair of 21 x 9.5-inch fitment while the rear comes in at a wide 22 x 11 inches to provide greater amounts of grip to the drive axle. COR also outfitted each Encor model with a custom step-lip setup that creates a unique three-dimensional style. A special color-matched lip with brushed center finish was given to each of the forged wheels to match the overall styling of the 458 Italia.

The upgraded fitment helps to complement the overall styling of the Ferrari 458 Italia. The balance of white featured throughout the body and the Encor wheels is given a sharp contrast to help make them stand out with the addition of a carbon-wrapped roof and trunk lid.

 

The new COR Encor forged wheels are the perfect complement for the new Ferrari 458 Italia and showcase the classic formula for success from the Italian automaker.

 

Fitment Specifications:

Wheels: COR Encor with step-lip

Finish: Color-matched lip and brushed centers

Front Wheels: 21 x 9.5

Rear Wheels: 22 x 11

Other Upgrades: Carbon-wrapped roof and trunk lid

Introducing the Exclusive COR Distributor – FL Auto Import in Taiwan

Bringing the forged lifestyle to the Far East.

COR Wheels would like to introduce our newest distributor, FL Auto Import. This isn’t your average grand opening either. The new FLAuto Import is located in Taipei City, Taiwan in the city’s high-end car dealership district, and brings the exclusive style of CORWheels to an even greater audience across the globe.

At the end of April, FL Auto Import held a grand opening of its new showroom featuring the latest and greatest from our COR Wheelslineup. The modern showroom gives customers the chance to experience the exclusive style and handcrafted forged aluminum alloy that COR Wheels offers with a variety of colors and custom-tailored finishes.

Founded by Eddie Lou, Mr. Wang and Frank Fischetti, FL Auto Import was designed to give customers the opportunity to buy a vehicle and and/or custom wheels while feeling at ease with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Their passion for automobiles and motorsports is what fuels the staff at FL Auto Import and it translates to superior products and service.

In addition to offering COR Wheels and a number of other accessories, FL Auto Import also has the FL Auto Detail and Spa for a complete automotive transformation, and shop to wrap vehicles.

As part of the distribution partnership COR Wheels and FL Auto Import will be collaborating on a Dodge Challenger project in the coming months. Half of the project will be built in the United States, while the other half will be completed in Taiwan by FL AutoImport. The Challenger will boast some pretty exciting modifications including a new set of COR wheels, K/W suspension, custom exterior graphics by Car Wrap Solutions, and other dynamic aesthetic upgrades.

We’re happy to welcome FL Auto Import as our newest exclusive distributor and look forward to bringing the COR lifestyle to a larger audience.

A Classy Black Aston Martin Vantage w/ COR Focus Wheels

Focus on class.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a classic. While it may not always be very flashy or extravagant, a classic will always be enjoyable to drive and good looking to boot. This black Aston Martin Vantage with COR Focus wheels is a perfect example of a beautiful classic that will never get old.

Aston Martin has always struck that perfect balance between class and performance throughout their history. They’re at home on the boulevard or on the racetrack, and that’s a combination that’s hard to replicate. Aston Martin’s styling and design may never blow your socks off like other exotics, but you can guarantee that the super car will be a classic for years to come.

The Aston Martin Vantage is one of those super cars that will always be regarded as having a design that ages gracefully, especially when it’s fitted with a set of custom-tailored COR Focus wheels. The new forged wheels are featured in the Classic Series of COR’s model line and offer a straightforward approach to an upgraded wheel setup.

The COR Focus forged wheels share the same personality and style as the Aston Martin Vantage. Each wheel features a simple, two-spoke design with a slight concave that showcases the muscle and power underneath the hood of an Aston Martin. But the Focus wheel is more than just skin-deep. Just like the entire COR lineup, each Focus wheel is made from lightweight aerospace-quality forged aluminum alloy that offers unmatched strength along with a low overall weight to improve the overall driving performance.

On this pristine black Aston Martin Vantage, COR installed their Focus forged wheels in a wide fitment that fills in the muscular fenders and provide a greater footprint. The front axle wears a pair of 22 x 9 wheels, while the rear staggers in with 22 x 11s with a slight concave to emphasize the rear-wheel drive power. Each Focus wheel was given a brushed face with Piano Black accents to match the classic black and silver exterior color scheme.

An Aston Martin Vantage with COR Focus wheels is a classic suited for any occasion.

Fitment Specifications:
Vehicle: Aston Martin Vantage
Aston Martin DB9 Wheels: COR Focus
Wheel Finish: Brushed face with Piano Black accents
Front Wheels: 22 x 9
Rear Wheels: 22 x 11

The New Maserati GranCabrio Sport

A convertible with true Italian character.

Since it was introduced, the Maserati GranCabrio has been known for the superb balance of sport and luxury that it provided. The Italian automaker looks to build on the convertible’s formula for success by adding even more athleticism in the new GranCarbio Sport. The new Sport convertible joins the GranTurismo S and Quattroporte GT S as the top performance models in the Maserati lineup, with its faster transmission, more aggressive bodywork, dynamic suspension, and fiery V-8 ready to shred the rear tires.

The new Maserati GranCabrio Sport is the most potent model in the GranCabrio range. The sleek and sexy exterior styling of the convertible was given subtle upgrades by Maserati designers to preserve the attractive appearance. The entire car can be dressed in a new Rosso Trionfale red paint that pays homage to the championship Maserati racers of the 1950s. The front fascia has been transformed with a new black grille, corner splitters, black look headlights with white reflectors, and red accents on the Trident logo. New side skirts help optimize airflow around the car and a black Shadow Line accentuates the athletic nature of the convertible.

Along with the muscular styling of the Sport comes a more dynamic chassis. New nine-spoke 20-inch Astro-design Maserati wheels add a more sinister touch to the GranCabrio Sport. Behind the wheels sit upgraded brakes that feature a grooved design to prevent the buildup of brake dust and ensure uniform wear. The Skyhook suspension system that was used on the base GranCabrio was also retuned to provide precise handling. The Sport Skyhook system utilizes sensors to analyze different variables while driving and adjusts suspension components accordingly to deliver maximum performance without sacrificing ride quality. In addition to the upgraded suspension management system, Maserati also installed new springs and anti-roll bars.

Under the hood of the new Maserati GranCabrio Sport sits a potent 4.7-liter V-8 engine with a provocative exhaust note. The alloy engine has undergone the Maserati Friction Reduction Program that gives the engine improved oil sump fluid dynamics and gives the tappets and super-finished camshaft lobes a Diamond-Like Coating. The new program makes the engine more responsive and reduces fuel consumption by six percent. The improved 4.7-liter engine produces 450 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 376 lb-ft. of torque, with eighty-percent of the torque available at only 2,500 RPM. That exhilarating exhaust note gets even better with the addition of a valve-controlled exhaust system that allows drivers to choose between a number of different volume settings.

The new GranCabrio Sport is the first model to mate the fully-automatic six-speed transmission to the 450-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 engine. The new transmission was used in the Quattroporte GT S and developed for use in the GranCabrio Sport. The six-speed automatic features a lightning-fast MC Auto Shift and has five different shift modes that range from the driver-oriented Manual-Sport to the mundane Auto-Normal. In Manual Sport the transmission is programmed to hold onto gears even if the rev-limiter is reached. The new engine and quick-shifting transmission will be able to rocket the convertible to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).

Inside, the Maserati GranCabrio Sport treats passengers with a host of exclusive luxury amenities and features. Maserati has developed two new leather colors: a pure white Bianco Pregiato, and a dark grey Grigio Chrono that was designed to complement the new Rosso Trionfale exterior paint. Both of the front seats feature adjustable lumbar support while all four seats are fitted with M-Design seat stitching and Trident embossed headrests. Customers can pick from 13 different stitching colors to contrast the interior leather package for an individual appearance. For a more thrilling experience for the driver, Maserati has installed new drilled aluminum pedals, longer steering wheel-mounted Active Shifting paddles from the Trofeo racecar, and a GranCabrio Sport badge on the passenger side dashboard.

The new Maserati GranCabrio Sport can be equipped with a number of exclusive options to create a one-of-a-kind automobile. The MC Sport Line packages will be available along with Shiny Anthracite Grey finished wheels, body colored Shadow Line, and exterior chrome trim. The GranCabrio Sport will be available as a 2012 model. Pricing has not been officially released.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport Specifications

Engine:
Layout: Front-mid-engine, rear-drive
Displacement: 4.7 liters (4691cc)
Number of Cylinders: V8
Power: 450hp (331kW) @ 7000 RPM
Torque: 376 lb-ft. (510Nm) @ 4750 RPM
Bore x Stroke: 94mm x 84.5mm
Compression Ratio:11.25:1
Maximum Engine Speed: 7200 RPM
Oil Delivery: Wet sump
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 5.2 seconds
Top SpeedL 177 mph (285km/h)

Transmission:
Type: Six-speed automatic (ZF 6HP26) with MC Auto Shift
Drive: Rear-wheel
Differential: Asymmetric limited-slip (25% in traction, 45% in release) with bevel drive

Chassis:
Weight Distribution (roof closed): 49% front/51% rear
Weight Distribution (roof open):48%/52%
Brakes: 360mm front discs, 330mm rear discs
Tires: 245/35 ZR20 (front); 285/35 ZR20 (rear)

Maserati GranCabrio Sport Gallery

[Source: Maserati]

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