• Jul 7, 2009
Ferrari F450 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ferrari normally tests its future supercars wearing body panels from the prior version, and so earlier spy shots of the upcoming F450 have all been of mules wearing F430 body panels. Today that ends, as our snoops have caught an honest-to-goodness F450 prototype in its own skin. While still covered in camo that obscures the details, it's evident that the body is taking shape and close to finalization.

While we've reported that the F450 may feature a turbocharged, direct-inject V8 engine and possibly a mild hybrid system based on patents filed by Ferrari, Autocar is reporting that the Prancing Horse intends to launch the F430 successor without those advanced technologies. While Ferrari may unveil a hybrid F450 concept at the LA Auto Show later this year in order to be the first to establish a road-going version of the KERS system used in Formula One, the thought is that customers might not be ready for such a green version of the exotic automaker's best-selling model and that new European emissions standards can initially be met by substantially cutting weight and further developing direct injection for its current crop of engines. Stay tuned as we inch closer to the F450's unveiling later this year.



[Photos: KGP Photography]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Please be turbo please be turbo please be turbo please be turbo please be turbo please be turbo.....

      I hope this thing looks as sharp as I think it will.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like there's some air vents next to the headlights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's probably just me, but I really feel l that no Ferrari since the 360 has had any soul.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ferrari aesthetics have definitely gone down hill since the Daytona (early 70s), but then again that is true of most marques. Another good example is the 1973 Porsche Carrera RS...never a better looking 911.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saleen Raptor anyone? Even with the camo it looks like a complete ripoff.
      • 5 Years Ago
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ROOF - IS - CAMO
      • 5 Years Ago
      Imaginez-vous au volant d’une Ferrari F450 ! Pour un pilotage d’exception sur les dernières - www.cascadevents.fr
      • 5 Years Ago
      The three exhausts makes me think it might be a turbo. The F40 had a similar arrangement with the center one for the wastegate. Whatever it is, bring it. I've never been able to warm to the 430.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aaaaah! Please tell me that hideous roof is going away!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. That roof is hideous. And I hope in the end it looks more Italian than what the renderings show.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats camo on the roof, pic number 2 shows the car without it, looks much better
        • 5 Years Ago
        And grip in general, but that still depends mostly on where they put the engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it is, lmao. I like it, looks low, longer wheelbase should help acceleration (as if it was needed) and I'm loving the return of tripple tail pipes. I'd love it even more if it was a blown v8.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the Jeremy Clarkson special edition :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      lmaoooo

      Look at that forehead. Looks like Rihanna.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a camo panel, did you even look at the photos especially photo #2?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I did. You'd have to be seriously daft to think ferrari would make a roof like that. I'm just laughing at the way it looks now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope this car is a ground-up redesign and not an "evolution" like the 430 is to the 360... but I don't think I'll get my wish. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headlights look almost Gallardo-like, and are thin and long
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure how a DI turbocharged V8 will achieve less CO2 emissions than a NA V8, but ok.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're talking about a NA SFI V8, it should be easy to get better emissions and power from a direct-injected engine even with a turbo. Direct-injection allows much better control over the metering and timing of the fuel mixture being fed to the cylinder, making for a more efficient combustion cycle. This should be enough to offset the increase in emissions as a result of the turbocharger.

        I predict in 5 years direct injection will be standard for most road going cars.
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