Ferrari 430 GT California

The IAA car show is just finished and already car manufacturers are busy to present their releases on the next one! Ferrari promissed to bring a première to the Detroit car show next January, the Italian prancing horse will be shown in a new version of the 2+2 coupe-cabriolet, with a complete folding hardtop.

Built off a stretched version of the next generation F430’s aluminum architecture, the “F149” 430 GT California will have a 450 HP direct-injected 4.3-liter V8 mounted up front. Beside the automatic peddle gear on the steering wheel a six-speed manual will also be an option when sales begin in late 2008.

The setup is designed to take aim at Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage, making it the least expensive Ferrari in the exotic automaker’s stable – around €130,000.

This is not, however, the rumored “Dino” model, as that particular coupe will have a 3.5-liter V6 mounted and will be priced around €100,000 when it goes on sale in 2009.

[via Autoblog]

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