Ferrari F450: F430 Replacement Hitting Streets In 2010

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We've already heard the replacement for the Ferrari F430 will be called the F450. Now we're hearing it'll be revealed in October and hitting European streets in January of 2010.

The rumor on the streets is the next-generation replacement for the Ferrari F430 would be called the Ferrari F450. Now, thanks to a knowledgeable and trustworthy source over on the FerrariChat forum, we're hearing the following:

430 replacement will be shown in October 09 with first Swiss and Euro cars Jan 2010 delivery, looks fabulous!

Sounds to us like either a Maranello or Tokyo reveal.
 
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Details may be few and far between, but speculate is rampant on the upcoming successor to the Ferrari F430. The Prancing Horse rarely produces concept cars, but when it does, they make 'em count. So expect some of the green concessions from the Mille Chili concept to appear in the new mid-engine supercar, internally code-named project F142.

The car is likely to feature the direct injection and dual-clutch transmission which debuted in the California, coupled to a regenerative braking system which the company developed in partnership with sister company Magneti Marelli. The supercar, which could pick up the F450 or F470 nameplate depending on the displacement of its high-revving V8 engine (with the possible addition of a turbo or two) is expected to be even lighter than the 430 Scuderia's mill. However, don't expect a Spider version to follow: that mantle's been taken up by the front-engine California. That's about all we can say with or without any degree of certainty at this point, but reports peg the car's debut in October of this year – making the Frankfurt Auto Show a likely venue for the unveiling – with deliveries beginning at the start of next year.
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Those cagey scribes at Autocar are reporting that Ferrari will unveil the F450 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in October. The F430 successor is expected to once again be powered by a V8 engine and be almost entirely new. If their moles are correct, that would give the volume-leading F430 a lifespan of only five years, a remarkably brief stint for a small automaker.

In any case, the F450 is widely expected to be powered by a 4.5-liter version of the current car's V8, giving in excess of 500 brake horsepower. Despite the massive power, the F450 is also tipped to be the recipient of Ferrari's recent green push, incorporating various weight-saving techniques and more eco-friendly materials first hinted at in their FXX Mille Chile concept (above).

Known internally as the F142, the mid-engined Italian will also benefit from the stonking seven-speed dual-clutch transmission we sampled in the new Ferrari California in October. No word yet on the viability of a manual gearbox companion, but the incredibly quick gearchanges of the California's transmission would lead us to believe that the dual-clutch will be significantly quicker and still enjoyable.

F450 sales for the home continent are expected to begin as early as later this year, but North American customers will likely have to hold their (prancing) horses until sometime in 2010.
 

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