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 completing shakedowns runs at the Italian automaker’s private Fiorano circuit. 

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 realigned exhaust pipes confirm this vehicle represents something much more significant than a facelift.

For the successor to the 612, 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.

Not much else is known 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 engine. The new mill is tipped to have 40 percent fewer carbon-dioxide emissions than the current one in the Scaglietti, which would fit Ferrari’s internal goal of reducing its emissions and fuel-consumption by that same amount by 2012. 

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[via TeamSpeed]