03.07.2003 FIRST SIGHTING OF REVISED FERRARI 360 MODENA IN MARANELLO
|The revised Ferrari 360
Modena, to be redubbed as the 400 Modena when it goes on sale in 2004,
has been caught testing undisguised near the factory in Maranello.
Despite strong sales figures, Ferrari is to update the 360 Modena in order to fight off increasing competition, in particular from the recently launched 500-bhp 5.0-litre V10 Lamborghini Gallardo which has raised the goalposts in this segment.
Under the bonnet as the new name-change suggests the Modena's engine has been reworked, total capacity up from 3.6 to 4.0-litres through an increased bore and stroke. A power hike to 400-420 bhp will match 360 Challenge Stradale.
Effectively a performance
update, outwardly, only subtle modifications have been made to the Pininfarina
design, with new redesigned Xenon headlights being the most recognisable
change from the current 360 model. The former body-coloured headlamp
carriers make way for purposeful black alternatives. The general
shape of the
The subtle modifications are expected for spring next year, with a launch at the Geneva Motor Show planned, with the revised model being available in both Coupe and Spyder formats.
The replacement for the Modena, to be called the 420 and possibly tagged 'Monza', is expected mid-2005 and will be fitted with a 500bhp ( 480 Nm ) 4.0-litre JTS V10.