• Jul 7th 2010 at 3:58PM
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Ferrari 458 Italia – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's been a lot of talk recently about new Ferraris slated to roll out of Maranello. Which makes sense, considering that its parents at Fiat are in the midst of a big product shake-up. But while previous reports foreshadowed replacements for the 599, 612 and Enzo – and even went as far as outlining the product life-cycle to be implemented across Ferrari's entire line – executives in Maranello have until now avoided any mention of a Scuderia version of the new 458.

And we could hardly blame them. After all, there aren't many better ways to kill off excitement for a brand-new supercar than talking about the better version in the pipeline. Motor Trend, however, claims to have it on good authority that a lighter-weight, more powerful version of the 458 Italia will arrive in 2013, taking up the position held by the outgoing 430 Scuderia and the 360 Challenge Stradale before it.

Unfortunately, not much else is known, other than to say that, while some body panels will be replaced by carbon fiber, Ferrari's intent on sticking with aluminum for its production models, rather than integrating the magic black weave into its mainstream offerings as some of its competitors are doing.

The Enzo's replacement, however, is not considered a mainstream production model. MT figures the twin-turbo, direct-injection V8 that will power the new flagship will produce upwards of 700 horsepower, driving through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and aided by all the latest electronic wizardry which Ferrari has cooked up in its F1 and XX development programs.

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: ***EXCLUSIVE*** The Ferrari 458 Italia is seen during the Ferrari 458 Italia auction event to benefit Haiti held at Fleur de Lys on March 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Scud will be crazy fast. The 458 already matches the 430 Scud performance-wise (for the most part). Not to mention the 430 Scud and 458 have lapped Ferrari's track as fast as the "current" Enzo has.

      The next Enzo....now that will be something special. Extensive use or carbon fiber, Italian V8, turbocharged....I'm going to step out on a limb and say Ferrari will bring a whole now meaning to turbocharging as far as performance goes. Cannot wait to see the next Enzo compete with the F1 successor.....and you can bet that Lamborghini won't sit still during all of this either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of underwhelming that they aren't using CF. Especially for body panels, the structural analysis isn't nearly as complicated and overwhelming as it can be when used for main chassis elements. And the additional expense is ultimately a drop in the bucket - pass it all along to the consumer (and more!) and they'll be happy to pay knowing that they're getting the best.

      I don't understand it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well Said Pennfootball71
      • 5 Years Ago
      Instead of steadily trying to one up in horsepower, why not just trying making the standard version as light as the Stradale version and then go from there. The F40 owns all other Ferraris anyway. Ferrari should just re-release the F40 WITHOUT CHANGING A THING. I know what your gonna say..."But then the remaining F40s will drop in value because they won't be as exclusive blah blah blah." Who gives a $hit? Tell me you wouldn't want to see the F40 re-released. It was a beast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        First of all the F-40 just had a carbon Kevlar skin over a steal tubed chassis dude...the engine also had a jackle/hyde affect with the turbochargers and it also had side mounted gas tanks that liked to Explode if you got T-boned...granted it was a gorgeous car at the time but it is far from modern in terms of safety and structural rigidity. It really was more of a track car. The Ferrari owner today is a fat neuvo rich business man that doesn't know the difference between a contact patch from a nicotine patch and drives a Mercedes S-550 or a Bentley to work everyday. Also Ferrari sells too many cars to be as exclusive as it once was so they are cheapening the cars and using less carbon fiber then competitors like the McLaren MP4-12C. Ferrari is on the brink of losing their way in my humble opinion considering the fact every good Pininfarina designer has been poached away by other car companies lately. *Sigh*
        • 5 Years Ago
        don't forget fewer buttons on the center console!

        • 5 Years Ago

        Ok how about keeping the same exterior looks with all new materials and repositioning the internals. I'm talking keeping the exact wheel style and everything. Just upgrade materials and don't increase the weight, not even a pound.

        As far as the safety, the same will hold true today 20 years from now I'm sure. People are gonna look back and say, "The Bugatti Veyron isn't safe by today's standards." There will always be a safer car, however, safe is not what makes these cars, supercars.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Its called personal opinion. If you didn't know, your also entitled to it...yes...even you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some things you just don't want to mess with, specially things people hold with high regard. It's like saying let's clone Ayrton Senna back to life so he can race Hamilton... Let's do it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        In what sense does the F40 own all other Ferrari's?

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