Details on the new car are sketchy, but some ideas can be drawn from the design and features of the company's biggest sales model, the five-year-old F430. The F450 will run on an enlarged version of the previous model's 4.5l V8, equipped with direct injection.
The powerplant has a 500 horsepower output and is controlled by a variant of the seven-speed dual-clutch system that can be seen on the new California model. The “manettino” control mounted on the steering wheel gives the driver control over the transmission and gives him choice between quick sporty changes and relaxed automatic operation.
To give you an idea about the possible price range of the new model, we tell you the MSRP for a Ferrari F430 is between $168,005–$227,000 in the United States, starts at 120,000 pounds in the United Kingdom and goes to about 175,000 euros in the European Union.
Its predecessor, the F430, is the worthy descendant of Ferrari's 360 Modena model. The F430 features a 4.3 L V8 petrol engine derived from a shared Ferrari/Maserati design.
This powerplant is a significant step forward for the F430's line: the engines of all previous V8 Ferraris were descendants of the Dino racing program of the 1950s. Production of the F430 model was recently slowed down to make room for the F450 production start in July.