The new Ferrari GT comes with a folding metal roof and will take the fight to Aston's DB9
12 May 2008

This is the Ferrari GT, known until now by its internal design code F149, Maranello’s new rear-wheel drive small GT. autocar.co.uk will post the first official pictures tomorrow (Tuesday) but, for now, these covert spy shots are the best around. The new, small 2+2 Ferrari will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Rather than being an entry-level product below the F430, it will be a similarly priced alternative to Ferrari’s hard-edged sportster. Likely to cost around £130k, the GT will feature a metal folding roof for the first time in Ferrari’s history. This is likely to add weight, although iconic Italian styling house Pinifarina is heavily involved and says it will demonstrate new lightweight construction techniques on the GT. Under the bonnet of the front-engined, rear-drive GT will be a 4.3-litre V8 engine but, aside from its block, this unit has little in common with the F430’s high-revving powerplant.It has direct injection, new intakes, cylinder heads and valve trains, and is expected to offer a more relaxed power delivery. It will also mark the debut of a new type of throttle body never before used on a car. As a marketing prospect, the F149 is likely to be considered by customers who want Ferrari prestige with Grand Tourer capabilities rather than an edgy track tool. It is expected to have a plush, bespoke interior and will be a direct rival for the Aston Martin DB9. For first pictures of the GT and full official information, visit autocar.co.uk on Tuesday 30 May.

Will Powell

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mpw

12 May 2008

I'm sure this is going to be a beautiful car, and similarly it'll probably drive well.... but why am I more excited by the prospect of the Prius or sub-2lt diesel 'warm hatches'? I love driving, and have been lucky enough to drives some great cars, but more and more I enjoy driving the mundane stuff more than the exotic stuff, which in the real world just seem pointless excess that is being driven so inside it's capabilities as to feel detached from the driver. £130k on this F149 or £30k on something at the top end of mundane? I know where I'd spend my money.

12 May 2008

By that 'rule-of-thumb' you prefer seeing Pub bands than AC/DC at Nebworth!!

This Ferrari is absolutetly stunning, especially front on.

Autocar, much as I love ya, you've got to be a bit quicker with these pictures as I've seen the front AND rear 3 weeks ago from a UK portal so 6 rather silly pics still covered in Max Mosely bondage tape and 1 front on picture doesn't hack it.. once the pictures are 'out' duck-taped 'secret' cars just look lame!

mpw

12 May 2008

[quote JJBoxster]By that 'rule-of-thumb' you prefer seeing Pub bands than AC/DC at Nebworth!!...[/quote] If the 'pub band' entertains and I can see it close up without a half hour trip to and fro to the porta-loo shared with 5,000 other people and aren't gonna be charged ridiculous prices for limited choice of drinks, then yeah I'd prefer that too AC/DC at Nebworth... Better yet, give me the pub band with an AC in the pub car park.[quote JJBoxster]This Ferrari is absolutetly stunning, especially front on.[/quote] Well the barmaid might look good, doesn't mean she'll be truly entertaining when it counts.

12 May 2008

I tend to get more excited about things I might realistically be able to own. The current batch of hot hatches are quite possibly pretty relevant to my car-owning future, a £130k Ferrari almost certainly isn't.

All of which isn't to say I wouldn't love to be in the position to be choosing between that or a DB9!

(Double negatives ahoy!)

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