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Spy Shots: 2012 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Successor Test-Mule

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It seems like just yesterday that Ferrari's 612 Scaglietti was launched but it's actually been more than five years, which is why it’s not surprising that test-mules for the car’s successor are already running around the streets of Europe. For the latest car, Ferrari will be primarily focused on giving it an edgier, more up-to-the-minute look that will likely be joined by a greener powertrain as well.

While this test-mule was previously thought to be for a minor mid-cycle facelift for the 612 Scaglietti, key details such as the extended front-end, bonnet bulge, longer wheelbase and stacked exhaust pipes confirm this vehicle represents something much more significant than a facelift.

Not much is known about the successor to the 612 as the car isn't expected to make its launch until late 2011, but according to previous reports it could feature a brand new V-12 powerplant. The new engine is tipped to have 40% fewer carbon-dioxide emissions than the current mill, which would fit Ferrari’s internal goal of reducing its emissions and fuel-consumption by that same amount by 2012. Although Ferrari recently showed off a hybrid concept vehicle, a production version of the system isn't expected until the middle of the decade.

If Ferrari can make the new car 40% more efficient than the Scaglietti, it will have a fuel economy of roughly 19 mpg--up from 11.5 mpg for the current model. Power isn't expected to grow much, as the 612’s standard 533 horsepower output is already generous.

The first actual prototypes of the 612 Scaglietti Successor are expected to start testing in the second half of the year.

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  1. Ferrari seem to have really stepped up their game with the California and 458 Italia. The 360 and 430 were not very 'Ferrari' in my own opinion, but the 458 is definately what you would expect to see from a company worl famous for it's exclusivity and Italian flair. I remember looking at the spy shots for the 458 and they looked very boring. This picture also looks rather sad, but I know that if Ferrari continue as they have, there will be something special underneath this horrible looking test mule, and also an amazing design to follow.
     
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  2. the last scaglietti was nice but it seems to have a dated look in my opinion, and i agree with adrian, ferrari have been on a role lately and i hope this new car really wow's me, which it should.
     
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  3. It has that interesting look with the covers. It probabley has the wow under it.
     
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  4. Wow, 13L/100KM would be impressive fuel consumption for a Ferrari.
     
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  5. Here I am feeling the 612 Scag has been around for an eternity. Hopefully Ferrari does something about that yawn inducing styling. And can someone please slap the genius who thinks we like the stacked tail pipes?
     
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  6. Of course, while not very clear what a car it is, but will wait for the official premiere.
     
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  7. @Adrian
    The 458 Italia is definitely the essence of Ferrari, but how can you say the F430 isn't? It's useless to make a point and not give reason or extensive elaboration.
    FYI, the F430 is one of the best platforms Ferrari has ever made and it is one of the most prominent reasons why its used as the flagship race car for various FIA races.
     
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  8. It's a shame they'll probably put "new edge", overtly sharp lines/creases and stacked exhaust just to stay "current". I agree the 360 and 430 just didn't do it for me, and the 458 is incredible, but the venerable ol' 'Scag seems to have the most timeless lines of any Ferrari since the F40. Some say bland, but I like to say "clean" and devoid of styling gimmicks like the aforementioned exhaust.
     
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  9. @John
    My reason for not liking the F430, is that it was too much like a progression on the 360, rather than a whole new car (in terms of looks). I didn't even like the 360 that much, so you can image that when I first saw it, I felt let down. It just wasn't good enough (in terms of looks) to be one of those cars that a teenage boy puts on his wall next to the picture of the busty playboy model. The 430 scuderia was much better in terms of styling, and I believe thats how it should have looked from the get go. I just feel that, at that point in time, Ferrari seemed to have lost their way in terms of exclusive Italian flair. At that point, I jumped off the Ferrari band-wagon, straight onto the bright yellow Lamborghini one... Now, with the 458 Italia... things are mouch more interesting.
    Ferrari have always been far superior cars in terms of technology... and suppose they always will be.
    I love technology! But, I am also very shallow ;o)
     
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  10. Interesting how it has different rims and the quad exhausts from the side like the California and a square dome on the bonnet
     
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  11. 13L - 100KM good fuel consumption.Covers seems interesting.
     
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  12. Looks like its a very long car, wouldnt want to have to turn that car in a narrow street :)
     
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