• Jun 21, 2010
With the 458 Italia, Calfornia, 612 Scaglietti, 599 GTB Fiorano and numerous derivations thereof, Ferrari's juggling more distinct models than it has since the days of the 328, Mondial, 412 and Testarossa. So while updating its line-up on an ad-hoc basis has worked for the company previously, Maranello has now revealed a solid product life-cycle scheme that will see a new model revealed every year.

The plan calls for each model to live for eight years, with an updated version to arrive four years after a model's introduction. With four models in the range, that will allow Ferrari to debut an all-new or significantly updated core model every year. And that doesn't include introductions of convertible or lightweight Scuderia-style variants along the way, to say nothing of the limited-production Enzo-class supercars slated to top the range every ten years.

The news casts further light on the full-range updates which Ferrari revealed just a couple of months ago. On top of that, Ferrari reportedly confirms that, although the prices will remain similar, the replacements for the 612 and 599 will be further differentiated from each other. As for hybrids, Ferrari's got a few applications of its HY-KERS system in the pipeline, but it will take at least five years to bring them to market.

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      this is bull****

      i cant sell a kidney every year!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry butterfingers, but re-read your copy. "Calfornia" is actually spelled Cal(i)fornia!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't see any fans complaining! :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fooey

      Every few years one automaker or another comes up with a plan to better "standardize" their future product schedule (make it more regular, or speed up the process,etc), and without fail, something always steps in and messed that plan on.

      If the engineering-minded Germans or Japanese can't always update their models like clockwork, I have little faith in the wine-drinking, emotionally charged Italians.
      Nice try though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 458 really looks terrible next to all the other Ferraris. The holes everywhere around the headlights make it look like it was built in China.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are nuts. I was thinking the 458 makes everything else look dated, from the early 2000s. Welcome to 2010 with crisp styling and aggressive, clean design!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah the 458 is the first Ferrari I hate. F430 is the last great one besides the 612 classic beauty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know the front of 458 Italia is kind of weird, but the whole body is sexy. However, I personally like the rest of its body except the rear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Coffee Jones

        I think that is the best way to explain it.
        I mean I appreciate the engineering involved with the 458, but it's styling is a little too purposeful in my opinion. All it's vents and mesh openings and awkward shapes are done for speed/handling/etc, and they aren't done for beauty. That's all good and fine, but sometimes you still have to look at it once in a while.

        "She's got a great personality!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hate to agree, but I find the 458 to be one of Ferrari's worst designs.

        And the front, like is shown in the pic above, is actually one of it's better angles - that rear is flat out AWFUL. Absolutely no unity to the rear end design. The taillights seem tacked-on, the mesh openings has no style and even the rear diffuser/exhaust area has a bizarre design. I'd take a 360 or 430 over 458 in terms of style any day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Gruv

        :rolleyes:

        yeah, because a Ferrari and a Subaru are the same thing!1!!!

        Oh wait. No they are not.

        Nice comparison of completely dissimilar vehicles, numbnuts.


        I just have to ask, did your stupid comment make more sense while the thought was still in your head? Did it seem witty and clever at that point? Because it sure lost all semblance of amusement during it's translation from keyboard to internet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Hazdaz: Then again, you drive a bugeye WRX, so I don't think you should be talking about what looks good. WRXs are cool and all, but attractive they are not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 458 italia is ugly like an F1 car is ugly.

        this is a car that in its base form is on par with the hardcore 430 Scuderia.

        There are prettier Ferraris available. A 458 owner wants to go fast around a track, and he's getting a body type that can do it in spades.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I get a wallpaper-sized version of that image?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Tried to click through the link to find a larger version and got bombarded by ads on stupid Motor Trend's website.

      • 4 Years Ago
      How about bringing out the next halo car. F70 please!
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