I can not believe that you guys who are generally car industry savvy would not be aware that every manufacturer prepares "road test" cars up and above anything you buy off the showroom floor. Most manufacturers have a full time department doing this and showcar preparation.
When GM released the Chev Citation way back when, the test cars were pulling 1g in corners, 1g!! It was so ridiculously high it prompted Car and Driver or R&T (can't remember which) to go and get a showroom stocker, test it (0.82g) and investigate why the difference (shaved tyres, modded shocks, slightly lowered and the list went on ...).
And when was the last time a major release wasn't in the South of France/Italian Alps/Switzerland/etc, etc - yeah, sure, those fully paid for trips have no influence on Journos at all .....
I once went to a major mag's Editor's house once and was shown the room he had to have added to his house just to store his clothes and accessories from all the manufacuturers from all the releases he attended (Journo's gift packs).
FWIW, I you want to dis Ferrari then putting pictures of a 548 on the same page as your story will make you look bad every time!!