Underneath this heavily-disguised Ferrari mule is the new 700bhp replacement for the Ferrari 599. Spied in the raods around Ferrari's Maranello base, the new model is only weeks away from its official debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
The new supercar will be the most powerful road car in Maranello’s history, possibly producing as much as 700bhp. “If you look at where we went from the F430 to the 458, and from the 612 Scaglietti to the FF, it is not hard to see where we want the next 599 to be,” said one insider close to the project. “We are not looking for a small step.”
Another source said it would be very surprising if the car did not have “at least” 700bhp. Given that the FF motor is now rated at 651bhp, a clear 120bhp ahead of the 612 Scaglietti, and that the current 599 GTB has 612bhp in standard tune, 700bhp is clearly technically possible.
The new 599 will be powered by the next generation of the direct-injection 6.3-litre V12 used in the FF, an engine based on the original 599/Enzo unit and capable of 850bhp in the FXX Evoluzione.