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New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video)

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On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video)

As detailed by Fiat over the summer, Ferrari will be in ongoing development, releasing six new models over the next three years. Perhaps the most interesting of those new models is a long-awaited Enzo successor. But another exciting model is a 599 GTB replacement, which is codenamed F152. That model is expected by 2012.

A recent clip captured by a Ferrari fan/spy shows a possible test version of the next-gen 599 in action on Ferrari's Fiorano test track. Details remain scarce, but you can see and hear what the model has to offer after the jump.

The 599 GTB, which sports a 612-hp 6.0-liter V12 engine, replaced the 575M Maranello back in 2006. The 575M was a 2002-launched update to the 550 Maranello launched in 1996, so judging by that past schedule, the 599 is about due for an update.

The test model spied appears to take cues directly from the 599 GTO, Ferrari's current top-end, hardcore road model with 661 horsepower pulled out of the same 6.0-liter V12 engine equipped to the 599 GTB. Elements like the wheels, rear fascia and four air intakes on the hood are from the GTO as opposed to the standard GTB.

Given Ferrari's penchant for increasing the size and output of its engines in updates, it's not surprising that they'd start with the GTO for any future 599 update. Of course, the specifications of the engine running this particular test mule remain a secret.

The spied test car could also be a hybrid 599 as opposed to a next-generation petrol model. Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari showed the 599 Hy-Kers concept, a car that combined a V12 engine, 100-hp electric motor and lithium ion batteries.

Based on technology from Ferrari's F1 cars, the Hy-Kers is capable of recovering energy during braking, storing it in the lithium-ion pack and then delivering it to the electric motor for use in acceleration and passing. The electric motor is also capable of all-electric driving for short city distances.

Ferrari has expressed interest in seeing a hybrid model through to production, though has fallen short of confirming the Hy-Kers specifically. At Geneva, Ferrari explained that the concept was just one possible direction that it could take with a future hybrid model.

So we don't know exactly what we're looking at, but it's sure worth watching:

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