Caught: Prototype of Upcoming Ferrari Enzo Supercar Spied in Italy

Though the prototype above hides the upcoming Ferrari Enzo's final design, ultimately it's performance that will determine whether the supercar is successful. Spied testing in Italy, the Ferrari Enzo is expected to debut at the end of this year.

As Ferrari's first-ever production hybrid, the next Enzo (it is still unclear if the Enzo name will be used) is expected to produce a startling 920 hp combined, thanks to an 800-hp version of Ferrari’s 6.3-liter V-12 mated to the automaker's Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). From the Have Your Cake and Eat it Too department, this powertrain will likely deliver those gigantic power numbers with higher fuel economy than the 2003 Ferrari Enzo, which was EPA rated at just 7/12 mpg city/highway. Not that any Ferrari Enzo owner really cares about MPGs -- a 2003 model was recently offered for sale at just under $1.4 million.

Ferrari isn't the only well-known sports car maker developing a world-beating hybrid supercar: Porsche is hard at work on the 918 Spyder, which will have a peak output of 770 hp from the combination of its 570-hp 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors. As for Ferrari's hybrid application of KERS, the mid-engine Enzo will reportedly employ a dual-clutch transmission with one electric motor coupled to the transaxle and another at the front of the engine to take care of the car's auxiliary systems.

Though it's unclear how much longer Ferrari will be able to justify research and development on V-12 supercars as opposed to more efficient V-8s, we hope to enjoy the upcoming Enzo while it lasts. After all, the car already appears to have a head-start on the previous Enzo in the styling department.

Two renderings from our Ferrari Enzo Successor story in April are included below.

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