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Ares Design latest One-Off: The Porsche 992 Targa

• Italian coachbuilder ARES unveils the new, one-off Porsche 992 Targa by ARES

• New carbon-fibre aero kit, designed by ARES Centro Stile in Modena

• New sport exhaust system and engine upgrades deliver 60 HP more than the original

Three years after the 2018 991 GT3 Targa, the luxury Italian coachbuilder ARES Modena had the chance to work again on Porsche’s droptop and the result of its creative effort is the Porsche 992 Targa by ARES.

Born as a one-off project, the 992 Targa by ARES feature a stunning new aero kit, which is made of carbon fibre and designed by the Centro Stile of ARES, housed in the Modena Factory. The styling elements blend fluently with Porsche’s original styling language, with new air intakes and lavish features painted in silver, contrasting perfectly with the elegant dark blue body.

Despite its elegant and stylish forms, the Porsche 992 Targa by ARES features a powerful new stance: the new wings widen the track width of the GT from Stuttgart by 4 centimetres at the front and 8 centimetres at the rear. Completing the athletic exterior look are new, larger, alloy wheels with a custom design and metallic silver finish.

However, the work of the craftsmen and designers at ARES Modena did not stop with the bodywork alone. The interior of the Porsche 992 Targa by ARES was completely refurbished using the highest quality leather and incorporating new decors. The tan-coloured leather, chosen by the patron of this unique car, upholsters the seats, the dashboard, the steering wheel and the entire panelling. The ARES Modena badges are also present on the steering wheel and the backrests of the sports seats.

The new and special look also corresponds to an upgrade in dynamic performance. The turbocharged Boxer 6 engine of the 992 Targa by ARES has been finely tuned by the technicians of the Modena atelier and now breathes through a fresh bespoke sports exhaust system, giving a new and exciting sound and 60 HP more than the original model.

The new Porsche 992 Targa by ARES is just the latest of the many unique and bespoke creations that ARES has delivered over the last few years. From the Corvette C2 Sting Ray by ARES to the Porsche 964 Turbo by ARES, not forgetting the Tesla Model S Convertible, at ARES there has always been a special place for one-off projects, exclusive creations, tailor-made for connoisseurs and genuine enthusiasts. This exceptional Porsche 992 Targa by ARES sits proudly amongst them.

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Automobili Pininfarina, the pinnacle of Italian luxury automotive design, has unveiled the Battista Cinquantacinque, a hyper GT paying homage to the timeless elegance of the 1955 Lancia Florida. This one-of-a-kind masterpiece blends cutting-edge technology with the spirit of classic Italian design, capturing the essence of automotive history.

Named “Cinquantacinque,” meaning 55 in Italian, the car’s moniker pays homage to the legendary Pininfarina-designed classic car. The Battista Cinquantacinque proudly showcases the iconic Blu Savoia Gloss bodywork and a contrasting Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof, inspired by the original Lancia Florida show car.

The Lancia Florida, created by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, served as a muse for the creation of the Battista Cinquantacinque. Farina, the visionary behind the classic model, also lent his name to the fastest and most powerful Italian road car, the Battista.

The exterior of the Battista Cinquantacinque features flawless Blu Savoia Gloss paint, complemented by a Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof and Brushed Anodised jewelry pack. Inside, the bespoke Mahagoni Poltrona Frau Heritage Leather upholstery exudes luxury and sophistication.

Each Battista Cinquantacinque bears unique inscriptions, including the signature ‘Cinquantacinque 55’ on the passenger door plate and the underside of the active rear wing, signifying its heritage and provenance.

Underneath its exquisite exterior lies a powerful heart—a 1,900hp electric powertrain propelled by four independent motors and a 120 kWh lithium-ion battery. With staggering performance figures like 0-100 kph in 1.86 seconds and a driving range of up to 476 km, the Battista Cinquantacinque promises an exhilarating driving experience.

Dave Amantea, Chief Design Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, expressed his excitement, stating, “This was a truly special and unique opportunity to design a car that pays homage to Pininfarina SpA’s heritage.” Amantea highlighted the significance of the Lancia Florida’s influence on both the Battista Cinquantacinque and the PURA Vision design concept, setting the stage for future Automobili Pininfarina models.

The Battista Cinquantacinque will make its debut in Tokyo, Japan, alongside retail partner SKY GROUP, marking Automobili Pininfarina’s global expansion. Clients in the region will experience the brand’s promise of ‘Dream Cars. Made Real.’ firsthand, with each hand-crafted vehicle tailored to reflect the personality of its owner.

Automobili Pininfarina’s dedication to crafting bespoke masterpieces ensures that each vehicle leaving the Atelier facility in Cambiano is a unique expression of luxury and automotive excellence, rooted in Italian heritage and innovation.