Ferrari has given the first official glimpse of its new supercar hero.
The Enzo replacement, codenamed F150, has been teased in Ferrari's official online magazine. While the shadowy images only show darkened sections of the front and rear of the car, it's the best view yet of how the new million-dollar car will look when it makes it to production in 2014.
The nose of the car resembles some of the other cars in the Ferrari range without giving the new model too much of a family face. The headlights and boldly designed bumper look vastly different to the Enzo, but the ''beak'' remains.
At the rear, the new model sports a striking tail with wide-set tail-lights, a crisp line running across the boot-lid, and an audacious rear bumper with bulging exhaust outlet.
Ferrari labels its flagship supercars the Special Limited Series, but as the magazine confirms, the official name for the new top-end model has not yet been confirmed. It's unlikely to go to market with the name F150 given Ferrari's recent legal stoush with Ford over that name.
The car will be powered by a new hybrid drivetrain, possibly with a mid-mounted V12 petrol engine teamed to a formula one-style KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) unit. It's expected to produce at least 800 horsepower (590kW), while weighing in at a little more than 1350 kilograms.
Helping keep the weight down is the widespread use of carbon fibre – four different types of carbon fibre are used in the chassis – which Ferrari says will make the car considerably stiffer than the model it replaces.
The car will sit at the top of the Italian supercar brand's line-up. It will follow the likes of the Enzo, F50, F40 and GTO. Rumours persist that it could wear the F70 badge when the car is unveiled, possibly at the Geneva motor show in March next year.
-Fairfax News Australia
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