The 599 GTB Fiorano is the brand’s two-seat flagship, replacing the 575 M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model.
For 2012, the replacement of the actual 599 will be the fastest, most powerful road car in Maranello’s history, possibly producing as much as 700bhp according to Autocar.
Moreover, according to PistonHeads, the front-engined GT will also be lighter and faster, but it will keep sending its power to the rear wheels only.
Raffaele De Simone, Ferrari’s factory test driver hinted the 599 replacement will be notable for adopting weight-saving tech, but that we shouldn’t expect to see anything as radical as extensive use of carbon fibre in the new car’s vital underpinnings.
The new 599 will be powered by the next generation of the direct-injection 6.3-litre V12 used in the FF, an engine based on the original 599/Enzo unit and capable of 850bhp in the FXX Evoluzione.
No official date has been confirmed for the 599 replacement’s launch, but production of the outgoing car has already been halted as the factory is now building the limited edition SA Aperta in its place.