Racing to a bet­ter red

If you thought Fer­rari was per­fec­tion al­ready, just wait un­til you see the new model, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

NOTH­ING gets pulses beat­ing faster than a new Fer­rari. So de­spite the daggy black dis­guise, this new Fer­rari has al­ready set hearts racing around the globe.

It’s the F450, suc­ces­sor to to­day’s F430 and promised with a 4.5-litre V8 and the same dou­ble-clutch gear­box al­ready used in the drop­top Cal­i­for­nia.

The F450 was orig­i­nally ex­pected to preview this year, but Fer­rari in­sid­ers say its first pub­lic ap­pear­ance is likely to be de­layed un­til early next year. The Geneva Mo­tor Show, in late March, is the best bet, un­less it’s rushed out for a flag wav­ing ap­pear­ance at this year’s Frankfurt show in Septem­ber.

In ei­ther case, first cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies of the F450 will be in the sec­ond half of 2010.

This test mule was pic­tured dur­ing han­dling tests in north­ern Italy, close to Fer­rari’s head­quar­ters at Maranello out­side Mo­dena.

The pic­tures show a pre­dictable mis­match of body­work and wheels, but the shape is clearly evolved from the mid-en­gined F430.

Euro­pean sources say the car is co­de­named the F142 and will be quicker than the F430 Scud­e­ria.

The new model could have more than 390kW and even come with a Ki­netic En­ergy Re­cov­ery Sys­tem sim­i­lar to the one in this year’s F1 racer.

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