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Old 5th April 2004, 11:25   #1
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No No. Its not the "Chaar Sau Bees" section. Ferraris, these days is completely charged up testing their new 420 Modena.



Now that the new 612 Scaglietti model has been launched, Ferrari is upping the pace for the development of the 360 Modena replacement.

Ferrari's new mid-engined "mainstream" sports car is expected to debut in 2005. Reliable information on the technical specifications of the newcomer is still scarce, but it is believed that it will be powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 engine, not a V-10. Hence, it is dubbed the "420 Modena" or "420 Fiorano."

The development of the 360 replacement has been infinitely more troublesome than could be to the company's liking. The appearance of the Lamborghini Gallardo sent top Ferrari management and engineers alike back to the drawing boards, and the 360 replacement program in Maranello ground to a halt. Not long after work had started again on the project, a fire devastated offices and workshops in Ferrari's development department in March 2004, damaging a number of invaluable prototype vehicles.

The spy shots show a few exclusive details of the new vehicle, including flared front wheel arches and improved rear wheelhouses, which leave more room for larger wheels and an increased track width at the front and rear axles. The lateral air outlets in the front bumper have been enlarged to supply more air to the new 4.2-liter engine. At the rear, the prototype features a new bumper with smaller, dedicated openings around the exhaust pipes and a modified diffuser.

Initially planned as a mostly technical freshening, the 360 Modena replacement project now seems to have become no less than a new vehicle, which also could include the introduction of a new Spider with a folding hard top in 2006.

Source : The Car Connection

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Ok dont get me wrong but here but who agrees with me that the 612S doesn't really look good. I know im biased but i also know an ugly car when i see one!!
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Quote[/b] ] that the 612S doesn't really look good.
Likewise, grimreaper

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Quote[/b] ]who agrees with me that the 612S doesn't really look good
Me 2. err...Sorry. Me 3.
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I really hope they have a little design change in the shape of the 360 replacement. Power should be in the regions of gallardo territory. Lets wait and watch. I dont like the looks of the 612S for the simple fact that I miss the pop up lights. The 456 was more beautiful
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the best part of the 360 replacement will be the folding hard top. that'll be good. the disappointing thinh is that they havent changed the looks except for the wheels.
480 bhp means it can atleast keep up pace with the Gallardo.
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Grim,

Ill agree with you on that. I am no fan of the styling of the newer ferraris, the 360, enzo, 612, & 420 all lack the visual beauty that the earlier models had IMO.

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Totally with you on that Rehaan. .. I wonder how a hardtop folding roof on the spider will be possible considering theres the engine behind hmm

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Scialgetti. Reminds me of Italdesign Schigera. Anyone feels the same?

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Quote[/b] (Dippy @ April 05 2004,13:01)]Totally with you on that Rehaan. .. I wonder how a hardtop folding roof on the spider will be possible considering theres the engine behind hmm

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Whoa!

wouldnt it be cool if the front hood opened up and the roof folded down to the front, kindof pivoting/moving on the A-pillar!!!
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Quote[/b] ]wouldnt it be cool if the front hood opened up and the roof folded down to the front
and what abt the front windshield, . We have it at the back
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V12,

Think about it, if there were two pairs of A-pillars overlapping each other, and the pair more forward was attached to the roof and pivoted at the bottom to swing the roof over to the front......
if merc made rear engined production cars u'd aldready be looking at an example ;-]

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Ur right rehaan. Thats a good idea but then u wud also have to have some sort of B pillar where the other end of the roof will be attached to. And also u wudnt be able to operate it while on the move. U have to stop everytime u wanna operate it.
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Yup,

Im talking more about a targa type top as opposed to a full rag-top.

Also, in all the convertible cars i know of you are required to stop the car and engage the handbrake before you can lower/raise the roof...

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Quote[/b] ]in all the convertible cars i know of you are required to stop the car and engage the handbrake before you can lower/raise the roof
I've heard that the roof can be lowered/raised at any speeds below 40 kmph.
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