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FERRARI FF

Vehicle type: Sports car. Timing: January

The first examples of the 612 Scaglietti replacement land in Australia in the early weeks of 2012. The four-seat four-wheel drive FF is priced from $625,000, making it $73,000 less than the superseded 612, but still considerably more expensive than its key competitors, like the Aston Martin Rapide, Bentley Continental GT and the Porsche Panamera. The 485kW/683Nm 6.3-litre V12-powered Ferrari FF accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 335km/h. The shooting brake design means there’s 450 litres of luggage space in the boot, which expands to 800 litres with the rear seats folded forwards.

 

FERRARI 458 SPIDER

Vehicle type: Sports car. Timing: Mid-2012

Ferrari’s hottest convertible will arrive in Australia less than one year after starring at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show. The Ferrari 458 Spider is powered by the same 425kW/540Nm naturally aspirated 4.5-litre engine as the Italia, and the Maranello engineers claims its sprints from 0-100km/h in an identical 4.3 seconds. The Spider’s 25kg folding aluminium hard-top can be raised in 14 seconds and stows between the two-seat cabin and the rear-mounted engine. Australian prices are yet to be confirmed, although as the 430 Spider was around $40,000 more expensive than the 430 coupe, expect the 458 Spider to start at around $565,000.

 

FERRARI CALIFORNIA (UPDATE)

Vehicle type: Sports car. Timing: Mid-2012

Three years after it first arrived in Australia, the compact California convertible gets a mid-life upgrade in the middle of 2012 (2011 model shown). The California is expected to benefit from a new drivetrain, potentially bringing it up to speed with the 425kW 4.5-litre Ferrari 458. If you’re keen, expect to part with a sum similar to the California’s current $459,650 Australian price.