Call it a little vindicating: as we've previously reported, new reports continue to suggest the replacement for the fabled Ferrari Enzo will be revealed by the end of this year.
The latest report comes from Automotive News Europe, which reports that Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said the new halo car will be unveiled to a select few Ferrari customers and VIPs before the end of the year. The public unveiling of the car would come a few months later, at either the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit or the 2013 Salon de l'Automobile in Geneva, Switzerland.
Either way, the new car is hotly anticipated: the previous Enzo was plenty futuristic but has languished as Ferrari's lesser road cars have grown more powerful and technologically sophisticated. The Enzo, which was made between 2002 and 2004, produced 651 horsepower--a number that is easily matched by the 599 GTO. The 599's replacement, the F12 Berlinetta, will produce 730 horsepower.
Not to be outdone, the new Enzo replacement--which may be called the F70--will reportedly be powered by an 800-horsepower version of the V12 engine under the hood of the F12 Berlinetta. It may also get a kinetic energy recovery system making 120 horsepower; if it does, the F70 will have a net horsepower rating of 920 horsepower. It should also weigh less than 3000 pounds, as evidenced by the featherweight FXX, which weighed 2550.
Montezemolo told Automotive News Europe he wants the car to impress "not just in terms of price," but there's no indication what that price would be. Considering the last Enzo started around $700,000, we wouldn't expect Montezemolo's comments to mean that the new car will be a bargain basement supercar.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)