(Rome, Ucs News International) The Italian super car manufacturer announced today that it would introduce a minivan into the US market buy the end of 2008. The Ferrari minivan will be a 2009 model and is expected to cost around $85,000 us dollars. Sources inside Ferrari admit the minivan would be a first for the super car marker. Unnamed members of the Ferrari family claim the minivan project was Enzo Ferrari’s final request.
The new minivan will be named the Superamerica. Ferrari has released the basic specifications of the new Superamerica. The new Ferrari will seat 8 persons and features seats that fold flat into the floor. The Superamerica, will be sold in three different versions: Superamerica Modena, Superamerica Spider and Challenge Stradale.
Powered by a 490-horsepower 90-degree 4.3-liter V8 engine that is very light and compact, the Superamerica minivan incorporates advancements in design, technology and performance that promise to push it beyond the achievements of the 360 Modena. Performance figures from Ferrari mini van promise acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
The Superamerica has a tint-adjustable, electrochromic one-piece glass roof that rotates rearward and nests into a shallow storage area behind the seats. The completely power-operated process takes just ten seconds. With a top speed of 200 mph, the Superamerica also is the fastest production minivan in the world. The new engine designed specifically for the minivan generates 434 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed F1/manual gearbox.
According to the Ferrari spokesman “For those soccer moms that can afford the $85,000, they will never be late again.”