Over the years, we've learned it's best not to judge a car's appearance based on the spy photos. Prototypes don't use all the production parts until closer to the end of the testing phase. That's the case with this Ferrari hypercar prototype as it has some provisional components, including quad taillights from the SF90.

The odd-looking camo and tape can't fully conceal the hypercar's wild aerodynamic package, including that giant rear wing. There are massive air intakes front and rear, not to mention generously sized side air vents to improve airflow. Although there are no visible badges on this prototype, the "Ferrari" script is easy to see on the brake calipers at both axles.

Ferrari hypercar spy photo

We know the rounded exhaust tips sticking out from the center of the bumper are fake, since the actual exhaust is tucked away behind the mesh. The rearview camera positioned above the third brake light probably won't make it to production either. But the massive rear diffuser does give the hypercar an intimidating look, as does the chunky front splitter.

Cutouts in the roof reveal the crown jewel from Maranello codenamed "F250" will have butterfly doors. We're wondering whether it'll still have a rear window seeing as there's camo over the entire rear section. Even if there is one, we reckon rearward visibility will be greatly hampered by that big wing.

By now, you're probably wondering what those stickers are for. One appears to indicate Bosch was testing certain hardware on this prototype while the yellow triangle with a black lightning logo suggests the LaFerrari replacement will be a hybrid. For the first time since the F40 era, the Ferrari flagship is widely believed to do away with the V12 engine.

Ferrari hypercar spy photo
Ferrari hypercar spy photo

Ferrari could even halve the cylinder count by using a V6 instead. That might seem drastic, but lest we forget, the 499P endurance race car also has six cylinders. The mid-mounted 3.0-liter unit with a pair of turbochargers traces its roots in the 296 GTB and its GT3 race car companion. It's unclear whether the powertrain will have plug-in capabilities, or it'll be a self-charging hybrid setup like the LaFerrari had.

Given Ferrari's modus operandi, we wouldn't be surprised if someone were to tell us today the entire production run has already been spoken for. The wraps are said to come off in 2024, with plans for 599 coupes and 199 convertibles, followed by a meaner XX variant limited to 30 units.

Gallery: New Ferrari hypercar spy photos

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