It seems like just yesterday that Ferrari's 612 Scaglietti was launched but it's been almost five years already - time for a mid-cycle restyling. That restyling is expected to be primarily focused at the front of the car, with a focus on giving it an edgier, more up-to-the-minute look, however, the new look may be joined by a greener powertrain as well.
According to Autoweek.nl, where this image was sourced, a replacement for the oldest model in Ferrari’s lineup is due in 2011 but before then the facelifted model is due and with it possibly a brand new V12 powerplant. The new engine is tipped to have 40% fewer carbon-dioxide emissions than the current mill, which would fit Ferrari’s own internal goal of reducing its emissions and fuel-consumption by that same amount by 2012.
If the report proves true, the updated Scaglietti will have a fuel economy of roughly 19mpg (12.3L/100km) – up from 11.5mpg (20.5L/100km) for the current model.
As for the styling, expect larger and more aggressive air intakes in an Italian sort of keeping up with the Joneses, as well as California-inspired tweaks around the grille. The image shows at least two new intakes positioned just above the grille.
Power isn't expected to grow much, as the 612’s standard 533hp (397kW) output is already generous. Expect to see more of the new 612 as development continues and ramps up for a late 2009 or early 2010 unveiling.