New Ferrari GT revealed

12 Oct, 2011 11:30am Sam Hardy

Ferrari 599 replacement will get a 700bhp 6.3-litre V12, new gearbox and lighter weight for stunning performance

Ferrari will unveil a replacement for the 599 GTB Fiorano at the Geneva Motor Show next March – and the new two-seat supercar will be more powerful and lighter than before, making it one of the company’s fastest-ever models.

Prototypes of the new car, codenamed F152, have already been spotted near the firm’s Maranello base in Italy. They’re said to be putting a new engine and transmission, developed from the FF’s, through its paces.

And that’s one of the keys to the new car’s appeal. Positioned as an out-and-out hyper GT, the new 599 will feature an even more powerful version of the FF’s 6.3-litre V12 direct-injection engine, producing 700bhp. That will make it the most powerful car in the range, with 50bhp more than the FF and 88bhp more than the current car.

Unlike the FF, it won’t feature four-wheel drive – all that power will be sent to the rear wheels through the FF’s seven-speed twin-clutch transmission, with an F1-style electronic differential.

Under the skin, the newcomer will have adaptive dampers and continue to make extensive use of aluminium. A wide mix of alloys will feature in its new chassis, which was developed from the FF’s, but will have a shorter wheelbase.

Together with the extra power, this will ensure a top speed of 215mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds – about as fast as a Lamborghini Aventador.

Styling will be evolutionary, taking inspiration from the 458 and FF, with a strip of LED daytime running lights at the front, a 599 GTO-inspired diffuser at the rear and dramatic buttresses either side of the rear window.

Sales of the new car will start in late 2012, and the price is set to increase from the current car’s £212,000 to around £225,000.

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I never ceases to amaze me as to what lengths manufacturers have to go to in terms of horspower and price tags to come close to the performance of cars from 20+ years ago or cars costing less than 1/3 of the price. Here's a fine example - McClaren F1 had 627bhp to achieve the same 0-60 time (cost loads more, admittedly) but the Nissan GTR HAS achieved the same in the US using launch control and has a pretty respectable top end of 194mph for around £60K. So what's all the fuss about ?

However the side profile slightly resembles a SRT10 Viper to me (I'm guessing it's the vents).

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