Ferrari's next-gen 599 to pack "at least" 700 horsepower
12 April 2011
With the new FF already released, the focus at Ferrari is reportedly turning to a successor for the 599 GTB Fiorano, which, according to various sources, will pack "at least" 700 horsepower – the magic number achieved by arch-rival Lamborghini's new Aventador.
The Ferrari engine is expected to form the latest stage in the evolution of the V12 that powers the 599 GTB at 612 hp, upped to 661 hp for the 599 GTO and has produced as much as 850 horses in the FXX Evoluzione. With direct injection, a version of the same engine produces 651 hp in the FF – the same output as the Enzo for which the engine was originally designed – and a good 120 more horses than the 612 Scaglietti it replaces.
A lighter aluminum chassis is likely to further improve performance, but don't expect the all-wheel-drive system from the FF to drive the 599's successor too. While a future version could foreseeably adopt the system, reports indicate the car will (at least initially) be rear-wheel drive only, but the replacement for the California could incorporate all-wheel drive like its big brother.