458 Spider, 458 Scuderia, new Enzo, new 612, new 599 and California facelift confirmed

Ferrari has revealed it will produce six new models before 2013 as part of Fiat's restructuring plans announced today, including a new Enzo hypercar and a hardcore version of the 458.

First up will be a open-top Spider variant of the 458 that's due in 2011. Also penciled in for launch next year will be an all-new version of the range-topping, V12-powered 612 Scaglietti, a car that is also likely to spawn Ferrari's first ever hybrid variant.

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Ferrari revealed a hybrid 599 at the Geneva motor show, although the 612 is more likely Ferrari V12 to get hybrid tech as it would be easier to package in the four-seater. However, the system is not an F1-style KERS system that had been expected to make production in its road cars.

The new 612 has been codenamed F151, although what name it will take for production isn't yet clear.

In 2012 Ferrari will launch a new version of its halo Enzo hypercar. Just 400 Enzos were produced between 2002 and 2004 and the new model is likely to be powered by either a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 or a direct-injection twin-turbo V6, as revealed by Autocar in 2008.

It’s expected the next Enzo will be also be a flagship for Ferrari’s new-generation aerodynamic technology, including ‘active aerodynamics’ that pump air out through the body to influence the way airflows over and under the skin.

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Another car due in 2012 is an all-new version of the 599 GTB Fiorano, currently known as F152.

A major facelift of the California will be launched in 2013; this is currently known as the California M. The final new model revealed by Ferrari today is a hardcore version of the 458, which should take the Scuderia name of its 430 predecessor and be launched in 2013.

Ferrari has also said it wants to keep the differentiation between its sports cars and its grand tourers, ensuring there won't be any crossover between the 458 and 599 supercars and the 612 and California cruisers.

The firm will not make any more than four standard production models, meaning its range will stay as 458, 599, 612 and California. The Enzo is considered as a special model, and not part of its standard range.

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21 April 2010

The pics don't exactly tell much ;-)

21 April 2010

I think it's a real pity that Ferrari chose to launch the California: it's not a bad car, it even looks good, but a Ferrari it ain't. It's much closer to Maserati. The 458 is also utterly hideous, the 612 looks very piggy-eyed (and the scraped-out sides don't help), and the 599's vertical rear window, with 'flying buttresses' where the rear windscreen ought to be, looks terrible and spoils the aerodynamics. The Enzo was hideous, too, as was the F50 before it, and the F40 before that... last pretty Ferrari halo car was the 288GTO. Even that was no beauty queen... I also bemoan the demise in Ferrari, as in many brands, of the manual gearbox. If I had Ferrari money, I'd spend it on an old one. I rather feel like doing up a 275GTB, or a 250GTE, maybe even a Daytona... dream on.

Myk

21 April 2010

I have a feeling someone doesn't like Ferraris

[quote Rover P6 3500S]The 458 is also utterly hideous[/quote]

Er... I'd have to disagree - it's pretty stunning.

[quote Rover P6 3500S]the 599's vertical rear window, with 'flying buttresses' where the rear windscreen ought to be, looks terrible and spoils the aerodynamics[/quote]

I thought the very point of the flying buttresses on the 599 was to aid the aerodynamics, and manage the airflow over the back of the car.

[quote Rover P6 3500S]last pretty Ferrari halo car was the 288GTO. Even that was no beauty queen[/quote]

Oh, come now. Who can say the 288GTO wasn't one of the prettiest cars, ever?

I concur on the 612, Enzo and F50, but otherwise I would have to vehemently disagree.

21 April 2010

[quote Myk]

I have a feeling someone doesn't like Ferraris

[quote Rover P6 3500S]The 458 is also utterly hideous[/quote]

Er... I'd have to disagree - it's pretty stunning.

[quote Rover P6 3500S]the 599's vertical rear window, with 'flying buttresses' where the rear windscreen ought to be, looks terrible and spoils the aerodynamics[/quote]

I thought the very point of the flying buttresses on the 599 was to aid the aerodynamics, and manage the airflow over the back of the car.

[quote Rover P6 3500S]last pretty Ferrari halo car was the 288GTO. Even that was no beauty queen[/quote]

Oh, come now. Who can say the 288GTO wasn't one of the prettiest cars, ever?

I concur on the 612, Enzo and F50, but otherwise I would have to vehemently disagree.

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Rubbish, I love Ferraris, always have, especially the 1960s ones. The problem with Ferrari, though, is that the drag coefficient of their cars is mostly pretty poor - you can see just looking at the 599 how the form drag occurs. If the 599 had a cleaner back (like the 612), it would not only be prettier, but also much cleaner aerodynamically. The 458, I still maintain, is hideous, compared to the 430 and the 355 especially (308 as well) - and the problem with the 288 was mostly down to the ram air scoops (never liked them) and the odd, faceless look created by the pop-up headlamps (another feature which has, mercifully, been consigned to the dustbin of history). The windscreen wipers looked messy, too.

21 April 2010

I'll partially side with Myk on this one - while the 612, Enzo, F50 (and, in my opinion, the 458 and California) aren't representative of Ferrari's best moments, there were others that wore their looks well.

Talking about aesthetics alone (and not aerodynamics), the company didn't exactly do a bad job with post-288 models like the 456GT and F355. Even the 360 Modena looked OK, and at least it was instantly recognisable as a Ferrari - not something that can be said of the 458 (from the front, at least).

21 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]where the rear windscreen ought to be, looks terrible and spoils the aerodynamics[/quote]

So I assume you must have seen the wind tunnel data?

Myk

21 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]The problem with Ferrari, though, is that the drag coefficient of their cars is mostly pretty poor - you can see just looking at the 599 how the form drag occurs. If the 599 had a cleaner back (like the 612), it would not only be prettier, but also much cleaner aerodynamically[/quote]

I think the whole point is to disturb the airflow to create downforce. Yes, the 599 would be cleaner aerodynamically if it had a cleaner back, but then it would possibly need a rear wing to keep it on the ground. I'd rather keep the buttresses.

From your comments it seems like you take against some of the details rather than the overall form of their cars. I guess I look more at proportions which I why I'm disagreeing with you.

21 April 2010

I just can't get excited about Ferrari's anymore, they are either too geeky or footballerish. I would love to see them make something like a new Dino. V6 engine, super light, styled by one of the coachbuilders, not too many gizmos.

21 April 2010

[quote Wilkodesign]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]where the rear windscreen ought to be, looks terrible and spoils the aerodynamics[/quote]

So I assume you must have seen the wind tunnel data?

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What I can tell you is that the 612 Scaglietti is the cleanest Ferrari ever, with a Cd of 0.32. Meanwhile, a Mercedes-Benz E-class coupé has a Cd of 0.24, which is a heck of a lot better. Even the 200mph Jaguar XFR has a Cd of 0.28.

21 April 2010

[quote FriendlyFisherman]

I just can't get excited about Ferrari's anymore, they are either too geeky or footballerish. I would love to see them make something like a new Dino. V6 engine, super light, styled by one of the coachbuilders, not too many gizmos.

[/quote]

Nah, V6s are nasty. What they need instead is a flat-six - lower CofG, great for mid-mounted applications. Would help lower the back of the car, allowing for better rearward visibility.

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