I live for exciting auto news.
Ordinarily, news of one new Ferrari on the way is enough to send me scavenging for all the info I can get on it. News of six new Ferrari models seems almost too good to be true. Add in a Maserati that borders on “affordable” and some more info on Toyota’s FT-86 sports car, and you’ve got an auto news day made in car heaven.
Fiat yesterday unveiled its plans for the next few years, part of which were details about Ferrari’s future. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect out of Maranello:
The first car released will be the 458 Spider, a convertible version of the 458 Italia (which replaced the F430). Plans are also under way on what is being called “project F151,” which will result in the replacement for the 612 Scaglietti. This could be the first Ferrari to use the company’s hybrid drivetrain.
Here’s where it gets really good: After the release of the 458 Spider and the 612 successor, Ferrari will reportedly launch a successor to the Enzo in 2012. That same year we should also see a completely new model to replace the 599 GTB Fiorano, code-named F152.
Finally, in 2013 Ferrari is anticipated to overhaul the California and launch a hardcore, track-focused version of the 458. Can you say holy smokes?
Maserati is also reportedly in the new-model game and wants to compete with the likes of the Jaguar XF, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6. Super-busy Fiat owns Maserati, too, and wants a new “entry level” sedan to carry a price under $74,000. There are also plans to replace the Quattroporte with a super-luxury sedan to more closely compete with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Coming back to earth, I am happy to report that it appears plans for the Toyota FT-86 sports car are going forward. While being teased as a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports car for the enthusiast on a budget, the FT-86 may not be quite as budget-friendly as first hoped. Initial reports pegged starting prices around $20K, but a report from Autocar says that number has jumped to $23K.
While a cost increase may disappoint some folks, at least it’s a sign that the project is still on the table. If Toyota delivers on the promise of a good-looking, lightweight, rear driver, I wouldn’t mind digging a few thousand extra bucks out of my pocket to get a hold of one.
I think the FT-86 will sell for a price between $23K and $26K. Would you buy one?