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New Ferrari F450 Mule Spy Video

Listen to the new 4.5-liter engine

New video of the Ferrari F450 Mule has been sent in to us from one of our spies on the frontlines. Shown in two minutes of video as it takes laps on a race track, we get to see the car driven the way a Ferrari was meant to be driven.

First, a few speculative points about the car. The rear wheel drive F450 should receive at least a 500hp 4.5 liter V8, mated to the California's double-clutch gearbox. It has been rumored that the power output will top the F430 Scuderia's 520hp, possibly by increasing the maximum rpm to 10,000, while tuning the cooling system. The bigger air intakes, seen very clearly at 1:37 into the video, could be a part of this system.

This car looks to have a bigger front end, and we get another look at the exhaust pipes that flank the center of the car's rear end. The side sills also look to be have some taped up bits, seen at about 1:19. The car definitely sounds great, and even runs the track pretty well. Towards the end of the video, we get a few slow and steady shots of the car and a sister mule as they pull out onto the open road.

Look for more spy pics and spy video of the new Prancing Horse as its debut draws nearer. The Ferrari F450 is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

 

Published Apr 29, 2009 12:44 pm By Zack Newmark

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mortz
love those quick gear changes, sounds pleasant too. Cant wait for the release, they will properly hit the nurburgring since its the latest car company battle at the moment.
Apr 30, 2009 12:38 pm
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DolceRides
the high rpm sound doesnt sound as good as the current one i think
Apr 30, 2009 10:30 am
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eme7
still ugly and front hole are more square...I thing the engine must be the new thing
Apr 30, 2009 1:32 am
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porschecarreragtmay6
If you look at 1:21 or more towards the end of the video, on the back of the yellow one it plainly says "BRAKE TEST". Witch probably means the red one is closer to what it will actually look like. Yellow Mule for - "BRAKE TEST" + Performance Red mule for - Aerodynamic testing
Apr 29, 2009 11:21 pm
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madboy
ha ha, you're right! I've just noticed: "Brake test" on the yellow one. And is just me or the rims look a bit bigger?
May 1, 2009 12:25 am
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vilivo
And the body will look like a R8
Apr 29, 2009 10:03 pm
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chris25
Well they had told before that there will be 7 speed gearbox with double clutch. The sound of the engine is interesting but it sounds low & quick acceleration.
Apr 29, 2009 9:32 pm
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adottkiddy
have u noticed the front wheels come from a Maserati Quattroporte GTS
Apr 29, 2009 8:18 pm
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adottkiddy
WHOAH.....10,000 RPM
Apr 29, 2009 8:16 pm
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Quench
I doubt it's the test of the new engine. There are no additional air intakes like on the second red mule. Most probably it's a brake test. Look at the taped badge close to the exhaust at 1.21 ! It clearly states "BRAKE TEST" !
Apr 29, 2009 7:47 pm
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scratchy996
true.
Apr 29, 2009 9:41 pm
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benz_man
OH, the shifts are SO quick...
Apr 29, 2009 7:30 pm
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djcocum
Maybe it has a double clutch transmission
Apr 29, 2009 9:06 pm
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benz_man
It does, that's what I'm talking about!
Apr 30, 2009 4:42 pm
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diadora001
Doesn't look any different... couldn't they be a little more creative? But of course it sounds great!
Apr 29, 2009 6:38 pm
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911fnatic
That's why its a MULE and not the final car, i.e. a test car that has the old body but all the new inner-workings of the new car.
Apr 29, 2009 7:04 pm
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kimbo
Yeah, looks like F430!! lol @ diadora - it's a test mule!
Apr 29, 2009 7:09 pm
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Airbag
And we have a future Nobel Laureate here.
Apr 29, 2009 7:10 pm
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porschecarreragtmay6
If you look at 1:21 or more towards the end of the video, on the back of the yellow one it plainly says "BRAKE TEST". Witch probably means the red one is closer to what it will actually look like.. Yellow Mule for - "BRAKE TEST" + Performance Red mule for - Aerodynamic testing
Apr 29, 2009 11:23 pm
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