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.

[Source: Autocar]



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