Rumour: Ferrari secretly planning F40 successor

Rumours are circulating about a possible F40 inspired one-off hypercar dubbed the ‘SP42’.

Speculation from The Supercar Blog has caught the attention of keen supercar enthusiasts, as the site states that sources have told them about an upcoming F40 successor, with a reveal date rumoured to be as early as this week.

Inspired by the iconic 1980’s supercar, the latest Maranello creation will be allegedly based on Ferrari’s newest platform, and featuring the current’s 3.9L twin-turbo V8, which in the latest F8 Tributo makes 530kW (710hp) of power and 770Nm of torque.

Ferrari SP12 EC – based on the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer

As the source of the information is not stated, it’s credibility is still at large – however, we wouldn’t be surprised if this one-off comes into fruition. Ferrari has made many one-offs and extremely limited run models previously for their top clients and wealthiest collectors, including ones based on historic models such as the Berlinetta Boxer based SP12 EC.

Ferrari F40

Compared to the F40 of the 80’s, a new successor would likely feature a seven-speed dual clutch as opposed to a five-speed manual, and it’s new 3.9L twin-turbo V8 engine would produce at least 178kW (238hp) more power than it’s three decade old sibling, which housed a 2.9L twin-turbo V8 housed under a plexi-glass cover.

Render: Samir Sadikhov

These renders used were created by concept designer Samir Sadikhov, and showcase a modern take on the F40, with clear inspiration hints taken from many modern Ferrari models, whilst retaining the design of the original F40’s flat rear end and triangular spoiler.


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