Ferrari seems to be recession-proof as energy and economic problems loom. Cars sent to the United States are sold before they even arrive, and then appreciate wildly. Despite stable sales, the Italian automaker is looking to the future with a range of new offerings.
The new California, which debuted at the 2008 Paris motor show, the first offering designed to produce fewer emissions and return better fuel economy. Still, the two-seat, all-aluminum roadster will use a 460-hp 4.3-liter V-8, mated to Ferrari’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Waiting in the wings is the replacement for the F430. The mid-engine car will be redesigned in the second half of 2009, and will feature a new aluminum chassis, a direct fuel injection, and a version of the California’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 599 GTB Fiorano is also being refreshed, and already carries a waiting list despite it won’t appear earlier than 2011, when a new 612 Scaglietti will also debut. We also hear a limited-edition high-performance car is under consideration by the company. Should it progress, it will be patterned after the Millechili concept, which used lightweight materials and a rear-mounted V-12 engine.
Source: Automotive News