• Mar 27th 2009 at 1:28PM
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The long lenses over at Team Lehmann have just uncovered what looks to be the Ferrari F450, successor to the Italian marque's already legendary F430.

While just a prototype and not caught with full production bodywork, the mule does give us our best look yet at the coming V8 supercar, and while it looks evolutionary, the folks at AutoExpress also have a rendering that forecasts a markedly different Mille Chili/Enzo-esque appearance for the mid-engined coupe.

The F450 is widely expected to ring in with a larger 4.5-liter eight-cylinder packing upwards of 500 horsepower (hence its name), and the car is pegged to get the stonking seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox first offered in the company's California folding hardtop model, and AutoExpress figures it may even be the first production Ferrari to employ the company's Kenetic Energy Recovery System used in its F1 cars. The system takes advantage of energy stored under braking and translates it into extra power.

While Modena has yet to confirm when the car will make its debut, AE reckons it is due for the Frankfurt Motor Show this Fall. If the F450 follows company protocol, European sales will follow shortly thereafter, with U.S. sales commencing sometime in calendar 2010.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm not impressed.

      I don't mean that like i think i could do better, i just expected something more stirring.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I 2nd that

        definitely not as far out there as i was expecting

        - from these pics the California is starting to look better

        maybe it'll need time to grow on me, which is not something that should be said about a Ferrari. it's that C-pillar i think
        • 6 Years Ago
        Where have I seen those wheels before. The Audi R8!!!

        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope they work the front some more, because the F430 style nostrils are still there.
        Otherwise I kind of like it, it seems more streamlined, lower profile car than the current one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a mule. Don't expect that to be anywhere near done. Ferrari could change some of the esthetics before production. And they never mess around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't look like a mule, but the actual car with some parts missing. From what little I see, not a fan. The rear looks awkwardly proportioned, and doesn't seem as aggressive as the F360/430.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with you, not feelin the rear fenders. Idk I think they arch too much...maybe...I'm not sure it just looks weird to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Me likey!

      I'm glad that the California is not indicative of the entire company's design theme, and that Ferrari can still build some eye candy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is some news! Not KFC filling pot holes to keep from getting bored to death.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FINALLY! A good looking Ferrari! It's been far too long!
      • 6 Years Ago
      lambo gets me more excited these days.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Long live the F430. Seems like later iterations are always better with Ferrari mid-engined V8s...

      328 was more nicely finished than 308. (although both are good.)
      355 was much nicer than 348, hands down.
      430 was also more handsome than the 360.

      This is not looking nice so far.

      F430 is about the pinnacle of that line, and may stay that way for a while, aesthetically.

      Audi R8 may have to be the car that continues my enthusiasm for mid-engined premium sports cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with you I love the 430, but I also love the 360. I won't say one is better than the other because if I won the lottery I'd have (at least) one of each. That seems to be the only way I'm getting my Ferrari...sigh. But no I'm not feeling this from the shots we've seen here. The back looks strangely shaped to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was with ya up until the the 430... the 360 is WAY better looking. Cleaner lines, much better rear end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ferrari always out does themselves with their V8. Everytime I think that this is the pinacle of sports cars. And then I am amazed when they bring out the next model.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that is beautiful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like this might (might, maybe, possibly) have a removable (not stowable) hard top... I see a bit o' tape at the top of the A-pillar, and a cut line at the base of the B-pillar... That would be interesting.

      I kind of like it. I prefer a bit more integration between the cabin and rear fenders ala' F430, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers, that's for sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I definetly like the curves on the side. now they only need to make the front at least as aggressive as the Scuderia's and the ass a lot smaller than the Cali's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its wrong, sorry the actual version will have much bigger air intakes front and on the side of the body.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That third picture, if it's a rendering based on the first two pics, is pretty impressive. Which means the entire front could look different.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like how Porsche and Ferrari evolve their cars to be at their highest performance irregardless of costs.
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