MARANELLO - The facelifted Ferrari 456 has a completely new, more aerodynamic nose, improved suspension and traction and a new interior.
The 456M (for Modified) has a carbon-fiber engine hood, more rounded front bumper and a new grille that incorporates the fog lamps. The car shares the engine and parts of the tubular steel frame of the F550 Maranello.
Other features inherited from the F550 include electronically adjustable dampers, traction control, pneumatic brake booster and electronic rear brake distribution system.
The 456M GT has a six-speed manual transmission, while the 456M GTA has an electronically controlled four-speed automatic.
Ferrari plans to build around 350-400 units a year. The automatic will account for 70 percent of sales. The 456M will cost about 2.5 percent more than the 456.
Nearly 2,000 units of the 456 have been sold since June 1993, making it the most popular 2+2 Ferrari ever.
The interior of the 456M is almost completely new. The fascia is more rounded and less geometric than that of the original car, and closely resembles the fascia of the F550 Maranello, from which it also takes the circular ventilation outlets.
The front seats can move further forward to allow better access to the rear seats. They have five electronically-operated position controls, with five recordable configurations.