• Apr 6th 2009 at 5:58PM
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There's been discussion recently of an updated 599 GTB Fiorano and a replacement for the F430, but the oldest Ferrari in the stable is the 612 Scaglietti. So it would stand to reason that Maranello would be planning to replace the controversial 2+2 flagship before its smaller siblings were updated, and reason may now be affirmed by the latest reports and spy shots emanating from Europe.
This prototype Scaglietti was spied around the factory in Maranello wearing some intriguing bodywork around the front section, suggesting that Ferrari may be testing a new or updated V12 engine for the 612's replacement. With increasing pressure to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, Ferrari could be working on a more efficient powerplant for the next generation of its largest model.

The current Scaglietti has been on the market essentially unchanged since 2003, and its replacement is tipped to arrive by 2011.

[Source: AutoWeek.nl]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      They could call it the Testaverde. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, if they go v8, it better be a crossplane crank one, so it will sound like a muscle car, the flat crank v8s sound like a high dollar four banger ricer car, fart cans and all. belive me I see and hear these flat crank v8s a lot, I live close to the Hockenheim race track in Germany.
      • 6 Years Ago

      In the minds of redneck Americans, anyone who doesn't adhere to their (gun-toting, amateur global warming deniers, smoking-is-healthy, science-is-devil, family value chrisitan fanatics) views is labeled a 'hippie'.

      There was a time when 'conservative' was tied to natural conservation, but no longer.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This is how Ferrari does "green". Ferrari spokesperson: "You see, we have solar panels on the roof, we are green now....Now, how many more horses can we get out of that 6.0L V12?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that's never really liked the 612?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was shocked for a moment whey I read Ferrari and greener engine in the same sentence, thoughts of a 4cyl engine ran tru my mind but then I read over that its just going to be a more fuel efficient V12 psss that was scary for a moment lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 612 is, well, just about perfect as a car. It is probably the only Ferrari which does not make you look like you are "compensating".
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is probably one of Ferrari's last V12 powered cars. The green movement is strong and the politicians are only going to keep adding to emissions requirements and such. You could argue that there will always be V12 powered cars but you have to realize that they will built much less of them. (~200) They will cost more and you will be taxed to the extreme for the extra emissions it produces even if you drive it for an hour every Sunday. Hippies are in power now...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are absolutely right. The 612 replacement shall have a twin-turbo V8; aversion of the one to be found in the F430-replacement.