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Ferrari 599 Successor To Be Lighter, More Powerful (+ Spy Video)

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On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 4:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari 599 Successor To Be Lighter, More Powerful (+ Spy Video)

Now that the Ferrari FF has been detailed, photographed, and filmed, auto-world rumors are turning to the next great Prancing Horse: the 599 GTB successor. According to a new report, Ferrari's top dog will get more bite in the way of a retuned engine. It will also lose some weight.

As told by an Autocar report, the next-gen 599, which is codenamed F152, will get upwards of 700-hp, a marked increase over the 599's 612-hp, an increase that will bring Ferrari in line with the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and the Pagani Huayra. If you look at the FF's recent jump to 651-hp—up from 533-hp in the 612 Scaglietti—it's not hard to believe that Ferrari will be looking at 700 + for the 599 successor. They'll achieve that with a tuned version of the FF's 6.3-liter V12.

Autocar's source put it into perspective using that frame of reference: "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. We are not looking for a small step."

If that's not good news enough, Ferrari will also cut weight from its next model, using components like an aluminum monocoque to trim the fat. That should boost performance even further and increase efficiency.

While the car will borrow engine and weight saving strategies from the FF, it will not share that car's four-wheel-drive system. That system will reportedly be reserved for Ferrari's grand tourers.

While this week's report made no mention of when we can expect a look at F152, Fiat previously detailed that the model will be debuted next year. Interestingly, the 599 successor may not be the top Ferrari coupe by the time it debuts; Fiat also previously indicated that an all-new Enzo is planned for a 2012 debut.

Here's some spy video of the 599 replacement that also surfaced this week:


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