The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti came about in 2004 ready to replace the smaller 456M. This 2+2 seater fastback coupe featured a 5.7L V12 engine that produced 532 HP and 434 lb-ft of torque. This engine was mated to a six-speed automated transmission. The 612 Scaglietti's life span was cut short in 2011 with the birth of its successor, the Ferrari FF.
There are few car makers that evoke more emotion and passion than Ferrari . For decades their cars have captivated hearts and minds of young and old, male and female alike, and form the epitome of what driving at the very highest level is all about. Self proclaimed “Angry Car Designer” Sasha Selipanov has penned what has to be the most beautiful concept Ferrari of the last 30 odd years. No doubt the German designer has the Maranello design studios and the likes of Bertone and Pininfarina going green with envy. As Selipanov is not on the Ferrari pay roll, this isn’t an official concept and will likely never go any further towards production than it currently is – very very far away! As unfortunate as that may be, that doesn’t stop us from appreciating and ogling at the masterpiece he has created.
If you look closely, you will see design cues from cars in the current Ferrari model lineup, such as the headlights – which resemble those on the 458 Italia . There are obvious elements in the mix that take us down memory lane to the 60s Ferrari GTO models that are, to this day, utterly beautiful. The proportions bear resemblance to an Aston Martin and the overall shape seems to mimic an early Corvette with those trademark curvy hips and wide rear girth. The oh-so-sexy rear end has taillights that look a lot like those on the new Camaro and while we liken all of these elements to cars that exist, there is no detraction from its originality and how well the entire package comes together. It’s mean yet gorgeous at the same time, which begs the question; is true beauty in the eye of the beholder or the creator? Maranello, take note and bring us something like this. We dare you!
The history of the 612 Scaglietti started in 2004 when Ferrari chose it as a successor for the smaller 456 M. It was designed as a 4 seater gran tourer with adequate space in the rear seats for adults. But, if we’re going to be honest, the 612 Scaglietti features the most out-dated design in all of the current Ferrari line-up.
Thankfully, Ferrari is coming to the rescue with a successor to the Scaglietti. This new model will be unveiled next March at the Geneva Motor Show with sales beginning in the summer of 2011. Prices are said to be in the 300,000 euro area.
Ferrari has already confirmed that the next 612 model will feature lots of modifications, including a gasoline-hybrid technology which is a system Ferrari developed from the KERS system it currently uses in Formula One race cars. This system was already previewed by the 599 GTB Fiorano HY-KERS concept unveiled earlier this year.
Want to read more about the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor? Check out the details after the jump.
UPDATE 01/04/11: Now that we’ve gotten reports that the successor to the 612 Scaglietti was going to have a front end that resembles the 458 Italia, we dug up a spy video of a camouflaged Ferrari prototype doing some testing near Ferrari’s factory in Maranello a few months ago. Judging from what the overall shape of the car - it resembles that of the 612, doesn’t it? - and those 458-looking headlights, we’re curious if this could very well be the 612’s successor. The good thing is that we won’t have to wait long for our questions to be answered because the car is scheduled to have its world unveiling this March at the Geneva Motor Show.
As you know Ferrari is offering its clients a new program that would allow clients to create their own custom model right from the factory in Maranello. That if you have a lot of money! From the same program, here at TopSpeed we had the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta .
Today we will talk about the Ferrari 612 GTS Pavesi, another one-of Ferrari recently spotted at Ferrari’s factory in Maranello. For this version, the engine delivers an extra 20 HP and 12 NM of torque (it foes now to 550 HP and 600NM). Of course that for a lot of money (we do not know exactly how much). For the exterior the customer opted for a custom front bumper, a two tone silver/black paintjob, Tubi Style exhaust and a splitted carbon fiber removable roof. Great job!
There’s a reason that Ferrari is a household name for any auto enthusiast, and the next couple of years will illustrate just what that reason is with new models just pouring out of the Italian sports car manufacturer.
The beginning of this liberation of models will be the successor for the current 612 Scaglietti . This successor will be unveiled in early 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show, with a Spider version for theFerrari 458 Italia coming out later that year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The long rumored successor for the Enzo supercar will arrive in early 2012, and the 599 GTB ’s replacement, codenamed F152, will arrive in the second half of 2012.
The new 612 has been codenamed F151 and was already rumored to combine a V12 front engine that delivers a total of 550 HP with a 100-HP electric motor at the rear. The result will be a fuel consumption reduction of 35%. As for the 458 Italia Spider , it will feature the same folding hardtop as the California .
As the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti’s time in the sunshine comes to an end and while waiting for the new generation , Ferrari will be helping us pass the time with a few one-of-a-kind models. This Ferrari 612 GTS is one of them.
We only have a video of the car, but we presume it’s the result of Ferrari’s latest program that allows clients to create their own custom models straight from the factory in Maranello. It’s the same program that created the P540 Superfast Aperta in 2009.
A standard 612 Scaglietti is powered by a V12 engine producing 540 HP, but the GTS version has been packed with 550 HP and 600 NM of torque. There will only be one unit built in the world, which basically means someone with very deep pockets will be the one driving around town with this unique mechanical beauty.
Nothing is imminent as far as when this car is going to be unveiled, but Ferrari has mentioned in the past that the new Scaglietti could find its way into dealerships sometime in the coming years, possibly even as early as 2012. We also know that the next generation 612 Scaglietti will come with a modified V12 engine with direct-injection, as well as a stripped down chassis that should make it lighter and give the new Scaglietti more speed than its predecessor.
There’s also word coming around that the new 612 could also use gasoline-hybrid technology , a system Ferrari developed from the KERS system it currently uses inFormula One race cars. With this technology, the new Scaglietti supercar would come with an electric motor, a dual-clutch 7-speed Formula One transmission, and a set of lithium-ion batteries that should provide fuel economy and reduce C02 emissions in the process, similar to the 599 GTB Fiorano HY-KERS concept the company unveiled earlier this year.
Ferrari boss, Luca di Montezemolo, already informed us all of Ferrari’s intentions to go hybrid with the next Enzo, 599, and Scaglietti back in June during an interview with British magazine, Auto Express. And while, at the time, details were a little sketchy on what type of combination engine the Scaglietti would receive, things can be seen a lot clearer today.
The successor for the current 612 Scaglietti will be unveiled in March 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show and will come with a twelve-cylinder front engine that delivers a total of 550 HP with a 100-HP electric motor at the rear. The result will be a fuel consumption reduction of 35%.
On the exterior, the next 612 will be heavily inspired by the 458 Italia and the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS . The sports car will get a strong front, curved hood, and wider wheelbase. The Vettura Laboratorio concept combined a V12 engine with an 100 HP electric engine and a dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission.
Sales will begin in the summer of 2011, and prices are expected to be in the 300,000 euro area.
While talking about the future roadster version of the Ferrari 599 with the British magazine Auto Express, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo also offered a few details on the company’s future hybrid plans.
During the interview, Luca di Montezemolo said: "The future for Ferrari is hybrid for the 12-cylinder and new [turbocharged] technology for the eight-cylinder. Within three-four years we will be ready with a V12 hybrid based on the HY-KERS concept."
Translated this means that the successor for the Enzo, the next 599, and the Scaglietti, will be powered by smaller-capacity V12s mated to electric motors to boost efficiency.
For the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS , the powertrain combines a V12 engine with an electric motor producing more than 100 Hp and is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission.
Internally known as the F70 , the next Enzo will combine elements from the FXX Mille-Chili lightweight concept, the 599XX track car, and the 458 Italia . The F70 will be a very light car with a total weight of about 2200 lbs making the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 3 seconds, while top speed will go up to more than 230 mph.
If Ferrari wants to have the best car designers in the world, they should jump out of their leather chairs and sign this guy, like, immediately.
’This’ guy is Sasha Selipanov of Berlin and if you’re asking what it is he did that’s got a lot of us talking like he’s the next great car designer, you’re not going to get an answer from us. That’s because the answer is in these photos, photos of a rendered Ferrari 612 GTO concept. Now, we have already brought some photos of this concept a couple of days ago, but since then, we have been able to get our hands on a few more.
Based on its looks, this concept Ferrari is tacked to supposedly become a successor to the current 612 Scaglietti and it borrows a number of design elements and styling cues from a number of past and existing Ferrari supercars, including the venerable 250 GTO and Ferrari’s latest bad boy, the 458 Italia .
Needless to say, we were completely blown away by the design. Then again, that’s us. We’d love to know what you guys think of Mr. Selipanov’s work of art.
After Ferrari unveiled the 599 GTO , it got people to start thinking; what if the Italian company did the same thing with the 612 that they do with all of their other models? Perhaps we would see a 612 GTO come to light.
The idea belongs to Sasha Selipanov who got his inspiration from the Vandenbrink GTO . Known as the "angry car designer" Selipanov deisgned this concept to be slightly different and sportier than Michale’s concept. He then asked his buddy, Samir Sadikhov, to provide the renderings.
We know there are zero chances to see this vehicle go into production, but it looks pretty cool and would definitely create a frenzy of flying benjamins!
Check out the gallery for a full set of sexy renderings!