Every year at the Manila International Autoshow (MIAS), the Autoplus display area has always been notoriously popular for its array of high octane and ultra-rare vehicles, such as last year’s display of limited edition Mercedes Benz G500 4×4². This year, Autoplus continues its tradition of bringing in the bling and that “wow” factor with its display of supercars, with the iconic Ferrari F40 taking center stage.
Owned by businessman Carlos Gono of Autoplus, who is also the local distributor of Motul oil and lubricants in the country, the F40 at the Motul booth will sit alongside the Lotus Exige V6 Cup and the McLaren 570S GT4.
The Ferrari F40 is a mid-engined, rear wheel Italian supercars built from 1987 to 1992, along with an LM and GTE Race Version. Lurking under its lexan engine cover is the first Ferrari to be fitted with a turbocharger. The twin-turbo V8 produces an output of 478 hp and 577 Nm of torque. It did the 0-100 kph run in as little as 4.7 seconds, which was considered one of the fastest during its time. This rare Italian sports car is the Grandfather of today’s Ferrari supercars and only 1,315 units were produced.
The Lotus Exige V6 Cup is a race version of the Exige two-door sports car built by Lotus Cars since 2000. This track-oriented version first launched in 2012 has the same engine as that of the Exige S, but the V6 Cup differs in its bespoke exterior and interior trims which are more track focused. It is fitted with a heavily revised version of the 3.5-liter V6 VVT-i from the Toyota Camry. It is also fitted with a Harrop HTV 1320 supercharger, and total output is 345 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
The McLaren 570S was first unveiled at the 2015 New York International Autoshow. Engineered and built to be at par with its Italian competitors from Maranello, the 570S is powered by the brand’s familiar 3.8-liter V8 that’s also used in the 650S and the P1. It has 562 horses on tap with 601 Nm of torque. All that power is transferred through the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. This McLaren can do 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 328 kph.
See these high-performance and ultra-rare machines by visiting Autoplus’ booth at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show from April 4-7, 2019.