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Ferrari F450

We've spied Ferrari's F430 supercar replacement, the F450 coupe

This is the all-new Ferrari F450. It replaces the fantastic F430 supercar next year, and clearly has quite a hard act to follow.

Ferrari rarely puts a foot wrong, though, and evidence suggests its new mid-engined eight-cylinder car will be another leap forward for the Prancing Horse. It gets more power and a larger engine, for starters. The clue’s in the name – displacement is up from 4.3 to 4.5 litres, with the new V8’s power expected to be north of 500bhp.

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That’s not to say the Italian brand is chasing high power outputs, though. The F450 is set to be a bit of a tech fest, with a lightweight aluminium structure on the cards as well as some complex aerodynamics to cut drag and maintain downforce. There could even be a hybrid version, in concept form at least, as Ferrari chases technology to ensure its supercars have a future.

The F450 will acquire a slightly tweaked version of the California’s rather brilliant seven-speed double-clutch transmission, too, and there’s the possibility of a roadgoing version of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) to give a welcome boost to the car’s efficiency and emissions.

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The new Ferrari F450 is expected to make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt motor show this September, with sales beginning next year. The Spider version is a bit of a way off though – expect that around 18 months after the coupe, in order to give the freshly launched California a bit of breathing space in the Ferrari open-top range.

To read more about the future of the supercar, pick up Issue 134 of evo – on sale Weds July 22.

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