• Aug 31, 2006


With the demise of Ferrari's popular 360 Modena model, speculation is that the Maranello miracle-workers are developing a - dare we say it? - "entry-level" V8 2+2 model to slot in below the F430.

The 3.6 liter 360 Modena was Ferrari's volume-seller, with nearly 18,000 units produced between 1999 and 2004.

Automotive News and Autoweek say that the new V8 model is expected to debut in Europe as a hard-top convertible 2+2 in 2008, with a U.S. launch likely for 2009. A 2+2 V8 coupe could follow in 2010 or 2011. Ferrari's last 2+2 V8 model was the Mondial, which ceased production in 1999 1993. The Mondial was also Ferrari's last mid-engined four-seater. No word yet on the driveline layout of the new V8 model.

The F430 upmarket V8 isn't going away - the popular coupe and Spyder models will get a redesign in 2009.

[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      justin: you, sir, are an idiot. 1999 is a typo, it should be 1989 I think.
      The F430 is based on the same market as the 360M, but it is priced about 20k more, and likely sells in less volume. I think this entry level model will be at 100 - 120k, so as not to tread on the Maseratis or the F430, and will target teh Aston Martin V8 Vantage adn the Porsche 911 4S.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Quote: "I just can't believe that they sold nearly 10 360s per day over that period. Wow. No wonder they can afford an F1 team."

      Afford is an interesting term. It is certainly an interlocked part of the company but no profits come from F1 and frankly almost no profits come from the auto making side either. (An exception being the FXX as the tooling in large part was already paid for with the Enzo program) Almost all of the money made by Ferrari is, year after year, from merchandising.

      From the clothing to Barbie dolls to luggage to pens and models, that is where the money is. Licensing the name will always bring in the real money. F1 keeps the immediate name recognition going in large part and pumping in hundreds of millions a year into it keeps it linked to winning.

      Of course some of us recall the early to mid 1980's when the F1 team sucked, the GT racers were nonexistent, and the road cars while stylish were not exactly head of the class.

      While the factory doesn't see any money from it I'd prefer to view the F355 cars as being the best entry level Ferrari. Used ones can easily be had, they are still world class, and most buyers today really couldn't hack a temperamental older Ferrari like a 512BBi or even a 328. I won't mention the 348 TS/TB cars as they were some of the worst cars made by the factory in recent years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 - i d i o t.

      Though technically a Fiat, the Dino turned out to be a great car and one of the more highly sought after Ferrari's today.

      The Mondial was somewhat shunned by the traditional Ferrari drivers (in the same way that 911 drivers hated that superior handling 944), but was not a bad car either. Recall that during the time period of the Mondial, Ferraris were particularly tempermental pieces with build quality issues and no attention to ergonomics, so many whatever the Supra lover above has to say against the Mondial would likely apply to most Ferrari's of that time period.
      • 8 Years Ago
      umm, the Mondial ceased production in 1989.

      And it was crap.

      A JZA70 Supra Turbo (MKIII) was a better grand tourer than a Mondial.

      So, hopefully this one will be better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3, How many have you owned or do you currently own?

      Just curious or is the brand already too destroyed for you to consider purchasing one?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This move will destroy ferrari and dilute its brand. Ferrari should keep F430 and its successors as an entry level model.

      Ferrari should use only V10 and V12 for its cars and leave V8 for maserati.

      If this prescription is not followed, ferrari will eventually ruin itself forever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks to me like a vette copy. Is Farrari trying to slip into Corvette`s neighborhood?
      • 8 Years Ago
      So does this mean 2+2 like 911 or 2+2 like M3. And what does entry level mean? It could mean anything from $70-140k. Probably $120k, if the 911 is $70 and the 911 Turbo is $120. They would probably put in a 4 liter V8 that puts out 400 bhp and then put a 5 liter V10 into the F430 replacement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 360 is the only Ferrari I've seen that I'd like in my driveway. Most others are too flashy for my tastes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought Maserati was the entry-level Ferrari.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To #6.

      You called me an idiot. You have to learn manners and be civil to others. Those who read your post will not be impressed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm gonna go with #11.
      There is a lot of risk(and competition) at that kind of price point. I don't like Ferrari's because they compare with other vehicles. I like them because they are beyond comparison.
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