Spyshots: Ferrari 599 Replacement [Updated]
Despite the fact that these spyshots show the body of a 599 under all that black paint, we can tell you that the Maranello factory will not roll out a facelift, as they’ll instead opt for a completely new model.
The decision has been taken based on the Ferrari Four’s success, with the upcoming car being based on the FF. Despite the fact that the competition strongly believes in carbon fiber, Ferrari chose to stick to its aluminum construction techniques to put the car on a diet.
Our spy photographer tells us the test mule you see here is sitting at a Bosch facility in Germany, where they are going over new technology for the engine with the electronics and probably fuel injection specialists.
Under that re-sculpted hood and nose lies an upgraded version of the engine in the GTO. This now displaces 6.3 liters, and the naturally-aspirated V12 makes use of direct injection to offer a high level of efficiency. It is rumored that the mill will churn out around 700 hp.
As for the rest of the tech story, the 599 replacement will follow the California's, 458's and FF’s recipes, using a multi-link rear axle and a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle.
Update: We've now added a full set of photos showing the test mule undergoing road testing. Chech the photos out in the gallery below and tell us what you think.
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