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It’s now been almost six years since the Enzo supercar first entered production, during which time Ferrari has released a number of new models and technologies. More recently we’ve seen the introduction of the California GT and 458 Italia, along with the automaker’s first dual-clutch transmission, as well as the peculiar FXX Millechili concept, but coming up on the horizon is the model we’ve all been waiting for--the successor to the Enzo.
The Enzo successor is reportedly being called the F70 within Ferrari and is being tested with two very different powertrains. One option is a smaller twin-turbo V-8 engine said to be outputting around 700 horsepower and the other is a twin-turbo V-12 unit with an additional 50 to 100 horsepower.
While Ferrari would like to keep a V-12 engine for its new flagship model, tough emissions standards planned for Europe may end up causing engineers to add the smaller twin-turbo V-8 to the car, essentially making it the true successor to the original F40, which was powered by a similar engine set-up.
Furthermore, the F70 will not only be faster and more agile than the Enzo that it replaces, but it will also be smaller, lighter and more fuel-efficient as well.
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches and a raft of active aerodynamics on-board, the new car is expected to look very different to any other Ferrari, and its total weight will only tip the scales at around 2,200 pounds.
Production is expected to start in 2012 and just like the Enzo only 399 examples are expected to be made.