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