Ferrari boss Luca de Montezemolo dropped hints that Ferrari will debut a hybrid version of the 612 Scaglietti successor at the Geneva auto show this March. In an article from L'Equipe, a French sport magazine, Motezemolo was quoted to have said that Geneva will witness “a very different new Ferrari that proves [it is] adapting to a changing world.”
This seems to correspond with rumors that the 2012 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor, which is anticipated to premiere in Geneva, will feature Ferrari’s HY-KERS hybrid system.
This debuted at the 2010 show in Geneva in the 599 HY-KERS concept earlier this year. In this vehicle, it is believed that a 6.0 liter V12 engine with around 397 kW (533 hp / 540 PS) of max output and 588 Nm (434 lb.-ft.) of peak torque will be mated to an electric motor delivering about 74kW (99 bhp/ 101 PS) of maximum motive power.
It is also likely that the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor will get an F1-derived 7-speed dual-clutch transmission as well. Ferrari had announced previously that it was developing a hybrid system that will go into production by 2015.
It is possible that Montezemolo had chosen to move up the launch date to 2012. But then, it could also be that Ferrari will introduce a separate concept car in Geneva that it will display beside the expected Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor.
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti 2+2 coupé grand tourer has been built by the Italian automobile maker since 2004. The carmaker designed the 612 Scaglietti as a replacement for the smaller Ferrari 456. Since it is larger than its predecessor, 612 Scaglietti is a true 4 seater that offers enough space in the rear cabin to accommodate two more passengers.
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is second all-aluminum vehicle at Ferrari, with the Ferrari 360 Modena being the first. It boasts of a space frame made from aluminum extrusions and castings. Then aluminum body is welded on the space frame, which was manufactured in collaboration with Alcoa.
The design of Ferrari 612 Scaglietti pays tribute to the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM that Roberto Rossellini commissioned for his wife, Ingrid Bergman.
The 2011 Geneva Motor Show (formally known as Salon international de l'automobile) is scheduled from March 3 to 13, 2011. To be held at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, the Geneva Motor Show is organized by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles. The first Geneva Motor Show was held in 1905. The show provides a level playing field for automobile makers as Switzerland has no auto industry of its own.