In the face of the carbon fiber bodied Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren MP4-12C, the latest rumors are backing previous reports that the Ferrari 599 successor will indeed keep its aluminum body structure.

In the face of the carbon fiber bodied Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren MP4-12C, the latest rumors are backing previous reports that the Ferrari 599 successor will indeed keep its aluminum body structure.

The well informed crew at TeamSpeed.com report from unnamed sources that Ferrari decided not to construct the 599 replacement, codenamed F152, in carbon fiber due to the lack of significant weight savings provided and very high collision repair costs involved. Therefore, the high construction costs exceed the benefit of using the composite material.

But perhaps the most important reason is the need to share platforms to reduce development costs. The new front-engine rear-wheel drive supercar, speculated to be named F620, will be based on the new Ferrari FF and use the same 6.3-liter V12 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Power output is expected to increase from the FF's 660 PS (485 kW / 651 hp) to 710 PS (522 kW / 700 bhp).

Despite this, weight savings is still a major factor and the F620 will undoubtedly use carbon fiber composite body panels to regulate weight.

The truth will be known in less than three months at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

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