Ferrari Enzo replacement to be shown to a select group of customers by the end of 2012 image

The Ferrari Enzo replacement will be shown to a select group of current and potential customers by the end of this year, as the company’s chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, recently said.

“We want to surprise people not just in terms of price but also with the car itself”, as the Ferrari boss told Automotive News Europe.

According to the Italian based automaker, the successor to the Ferrari Enzo might be a limited edition model and when the model will be officially presented to the public is not known for now, even if the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit or the 2013 Geneva Motor Show might be chosen. Ferrari says that the Enzo replacement will be the company’s most powerful road car ever, being faster than the F12 Berlinetta which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds, thanks to its 740 horsepower.

Initial rumors were saying that the successor of the Ferrari Enzo, which is expected to be codenamed the F70, will be powered by a massive 7.3 liter V12 engine. The powerful unit will develop 920 horsepower, but there is no official word on this yet. The Ferrari F70 is also expected to be fitted with a similar system to Porsche’s KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), which will help the new supercar to generate an extra 120 horsepower. The Enzo’s successor will weight around 1,134 kg (2,500 lbs) and it will go against models like the McLaren F1 replacement and the Porsche 918.