• Apr 11th 2011 at 3:31PM
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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 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.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      700 hp? about damn time. (jk).
      • 4 Years Ago
      when i was a kid 300-500 hp was a lot! and a sub 5 second 0-60 time was blazing. now every supercar has at least 500+ with sub 3 second 0-60 times . . . pretty amazing
        • 4 Years Ago
        horsepower war goes on...da da dum duh dum datta
      • 4 Years Ago
      they are desperately trying to improve their cars to avoid dealing with electrification.
      much better to embrace the superior electric drive and if they keep resisting and holding on to the old and primitive then they will die..
      mark my words
        • 4 Years Ago
        you mean like they can afford a Hummer..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rich people will always be able to afford gas to fill a Ferrari.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Artega, that's by design. it's not difficult to do. I think wrightspeed is coming out with one that can.
        humiliating a guido car like a ferrari on the quarter mile doesn't require 200mph. or even a veyron. and there are electric vehicles already that can comfortably beat a veyron on the quarter mile. and much stronger is possible with electric drive. indeed veyron beating acceleration can be every man's. all the while being several times more efficient and cheaper to drive than a prius..

        a ferrari 599 at nurburgring doesn't even reach 200mph on the straight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Dan: I live in germany and use the autobahn very often. From what I heard (and read in tests), electric cars need loads of energy at hight speeds, much more in fact than a regular car. High speed travelling isn't a joke here, it's a need. Try to explain to a businessman why he has to buy a car that has to be recharged every 100 km's and doesn't top 250 km/h.

        I'm not against electric motoring, but those engines aren't good enough to replace the ICE yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Artega, rather than blind belief in your ignorant prejudices try thinking. or asking. instead of stating as if it was fact.
        an electric car doesn't need more energy than an ICE car to go fast. electric drive is still much more efficient. high speed requires a lot of power for all types so those few who drive 250km/h do spend a lot of fuel very quickly. and going 250km/h in a car is not a need. it's a sickness. and it's only a very few that ever do. and more and more autobahns are being limited to 130km/h anyway.
        and even if you wanted to drive that fast over long distances you can make plugin hybrids for that.
        I prefer to make flying cars instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Artega, you are. I'm a genius.
        and I have driven on the autobahn from top to bottom on the fastest sections. it is a very small percentage that try to go 250km/h. I say try because they go up and down in speed all the time when the road is blocked by people 'only' going 160km/h.
        am I right in assuming you don't have a car that can even go 250km/h? and you don't even drive 200km/h even when there is room?
        iirc people drive fast when they can but typically no more than 160.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "superior electric drive"

        Name a single roadgoing electric car that is able to top 200 mph.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw one of these at Barber's yesterday! :O
      • 4 Years Ago
      *599, not 500* DOH!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love me some 500, especially in GTO trim. The sights and sounds associated with the 599 are orgasmic, well worth the price alone, IMO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      700 hp ...and U will still beaten by a 90K 4 seats Nissan GTR ....Ferrari loos all my respect later than F40, now U just pay the badge
        • 4 Years Ago
        By your reasoning a lot of supercar manufacturers should just give up then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This horsepower thing is getting ridiculous. I remember though that this has been said all through the evolution of the automobile. I'm sure someone thought it was ridiculous to travel at over 100mph.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's not a fair comparison. Don't get me wrong what Nissan has done is almost unimaginable, but a Ferrari not just a supercar/sportscar it's artwork in the form of a supercar. I probably would take a GTR with a crazy aftermarket sport package though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally i'd rather see ht HP WARS DIE, and the lightweight WAR BEGIN!

      I suppose it's easier to find 100HP than lose 500lbs...both result in .5 seconds quicker 1/4 mile time, but only lightness can add corner/braking speed.

      As an example...the corvette ZR-1 is almost 500lbs lighter and has 30Hp on the old 599...so it ought to be possible in Italy to find weight reductions instead of relying on more power, creating even worse fuel consumption (bad for racing!),and pretending it's actually better engineering.

      come on...meet the real challenge.

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