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Ferrari to Unveil F450 Concept in Frankfurt?

 Ferrari to Unveil F450 Concept in Frankfurt?
Ferrari F450 prototype spy photo / CarPix

F450 has been spied sporting a longer wheelbase and wider track than the F430

Could Ferrari be far along enough in development of the F450 to take it to Frankfurt? Well, German car magazine Auto, Motor und Sport seems to be under the impression that Ferrari is ready to bring a concept version of the car to the show by September.

The F450, referred to internally as the F142 by Ferrari, will come with a longer wheelbase and wider track than the F430 and be a little taller too. Pics and spy videos seen so far also show the F450 sporting new front and rear aprons as well as a centrally mounted exhaust system in the rear skirt.

Under the hood will be a 4.5 liter V8 with 550 hp (possibly up to 585 hp, according to Auto, Motor und Sport) coupled to the double-clutch gearbox seen in the California. The increase in power coming from a higher engine speed and an improved cooling system with larger air intakes. Coming from Formula 1 technology, the car may also feature a Kinetic Energy Recovery (KERS) system, with energy being recovered from the braking system.

 

Published May 11, 2009 11:22 am By Alex Ricciuti

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Comments (9)

 tac09 tac09
The best, most production-like picture of the F450 in this movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-vt62S7G...
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May 13, 2009 9:37 am
 andrewB andrewB
the new wheels magazine in australia has a good spy shot of the new ferrari, surprised that you guys dont have it yet, the may issue it is if you want have to have a look at it
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May 13, 2009 2:44 am
 BavarianMS BavarianMS
how the hell do they get 550hp out of a 4.5liter NA engine...
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May 11, 2009 10:54 pm
 harshreality harshreality
The unparalleled Ferrari dynamics should be there.. lets just hope it will be a looker!
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May 11, 2009 8:19 pm
 phobos phobos
there will be no KERS in the F450..but 4.5 liter producing 550 hp ? wow that is amazing
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May 11, 2009 5:53 pm
 cornflakes99 cornflakes99
"come with a longer wheelbase and wider track than the F430 and be a little taller too" - so it will just be a bigger car then?
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May 11, 2009 5:45 pm
 sw1000 sw1000
The 430 is one of my favourite cars of all time, having driven one they are in a different league. I hope the 450 is a worthy successor, hopefully they haven't been taking advice from this years F1 team ;o))
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May 11, 2009 5:13 pm