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Ferrari Enzo replacement (F70) will get V12

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Ferrari F70 (New Enzo) to get V12

It seems to be taking forever for Ferrari to bring the replacement for the Enzo to the market. And that has meant endless speculation (guilty as charged) about what exactly the new Enzo will have to offer.

As far back as 2009, we spoke to one of Ferrari’s ‘Favoured’ customers who, even then, had received the call from Maranello asking if he would like to be one of the lucky recipients of the new Enzo.

Unsurprisingly, he said yes straight away, but he did ask a few questions. In money terms Ferrari weren’t forthcoming (although he was told it would be under €1 million) but he was told that Ferrari were almost certainly going to be putting a turbo V8 in the new Enzo.

That said, it was made clear that although at that point the turbo V8 was almost certain to be the final decision, Ferrari were developing a V12 alongside it for the new Enzo. Which made sense; two year ago the world had gone completely eco-mad and the feeling was that a V12 just wouldn’t be acceptable to buyers, even in a Ferrari flagship.

But things have changed in the last couple of years, and although the eco stuff hasn’t gone away it’s now clear that buyers are still willing – and wanting – big lumps in their supercars.

So the news that Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa has confirmed that the new Enzo will get a V12 after all is not a huge shock. It’s also going to be a bit of a relief for Ferrari anoraks.

How powerful the Ferrari V12 in the new F70 is going to be hasn’t been revealed, but our Ferrari client was told that the V12 under development was capable of up to 800bhp, which with liberal use of carbon fibre on everything from the chassis to the seats should deliver Veyron crushing performance.

The new F70 Enzo sounds very promising, even if it’s now unlikely to arrive much before 2014.

Source: Inside Line

By Cars UK