Development mule spotted testing at high altitude in Europe
3 November 2009

Ferrari’s replacement for the 612 Scaglietti has been caught testing at high altitude in Europe.

The new 612 should benefit from a lighter and stiffer aluminium chassis as well as a more modern direct-injection V12 engine. There’s also the possibility of a downsized, turbocharged V8 motor.

See the hi-res spy pics of the Ferrari 612 replacement testing

The new 612 won’t be in the showrooms before early 2012 and will be wrapped in a completely new design language that will mark it out as the company’s flagship Grand Tourer.

A hybrid version – probably powered by a V8 engine – could see its first showing at the 2014 Geneva show.

Ferrari has also confirmed to Autocar that it is working on a four–wheel drive electric hybrid system. Senior company sources told Autocar that the final hybrid design will be used for front engined GT models and will drive the front wheels.Ferrari confirms 4x4 system

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