Watch out V8 Vantage: Ferrari 2+2 hardtop convertible coming to Detroit

Watch out V8 Vantage: Ferrari bringing hardtop convertible to Detroit

Remember last week we told you what Ferrari had planned in its future product line? One of the cars in development we spoke about was a 2+2 V8 Coupe. Well it seems like Ferrari will be bringing a convertible version of that car to the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January.

Known as the ‘F149’ 430 GT California, the car will be powered by a 4.3 liter V8 direct-injection engine that produces 450 horsepower. The engine will be mated with the F1 ‘Superfast’ sequential-shift gearbox that the Italian automaker launched in the F430 Scuderia at Frankfurt last week. A manual transmission may be optional.

Ferrari has updated the F430’s aluminium spaceframe to accommodate a folding roof. According to Italiaspeed, the car will be front-engined.

The ‘F149’ 430 GT California will rival cars like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage but will be cheaper than the F430 Berlinetta and Spide. Prices are expected to start from €130,000.

Italiaspeed also says that the cope version of this 2+2 model will be powered by a 3.5 liter V6 producing 350 horsepower. That variant is expected to be priced around €100,000.


Source: 4Car (via AutoBlog)

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