Update: The 599 replacement has been revealed as the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Click here for all the official details and images.
Previously we brought you spy shots of the Ferrari 599XX Evolution, a track-only model demonstrating the culmination of Ferrari’s engineering of the 599 platform. Now we have a new set of spy shots depicting a prototype for the car that will replace the 599, a car internally referenced as the F152.
Unlike previous shots which showed a test-mule for the new Ferrari supercar, essentially the new mechanicals hidden beneath the body of an older model, the latest shots show an almost production-ready example complete with its new sheet metal, lights and exhaust system--though almost all of the details are obscured by heavy camouflage.
Despite talk about twin-turbo V-8s and HY-KERS hybrid systems, Ferrari’s latest grand-tourer is expected to feature a more potent version of the direct injected 6.3-liter V-12 engine found in the FF, possibly with as much as 700 horsepower on tap.
And you won’t have to worry about a complicated all-wheel drive system weighing you down like in the FF as the 599 successor is expected to remain rear-wheel drive, though it will likely get Ferrari's latest seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Aluminum will also remain largely in its construction as full carbon fiber has been ruled out due to economic constraints. There will still be plenty of innovative lightweight construction techniques and you can bet some carbon fiber will still be used for many of the car’s components.
One major difference is that the 599 is now grouped under Ferrari’s sports car portfolio (458, 599 and Enzo replacement) and not the automaker’s grand tourer group (California and FF), so expect its replacement to be much more performance-focused.
Look out for the 2013 Ferrari 599 replacement’s debut sometime later this year and stay tuned for new information as it breaks.