A new report suggests Ferrari's V12 may not be hybridized after all.
Like Lamborghini, Ferrari is fighting to keep the V12 alive, but stricter emissions regulations and combustion engine bans are making this increasingly difficult. The Italian government may be fighting to keep combustion alive, but in the meantime, Ferrari has already started embracing electrification with the new V6-powered 296 GTB hybrid supercar. The Italian automaker's first-ever fully electric supercar is also expected to arrive in 2025. But this doesn't mean Ferrari's V12 is dead.
According to Carscoops, Ferrari plans to extend the life of its venerable V12 by adding a turbocharger. Allegedly, the cubic capacity of Ferrari's V12 will also be reduced from its current 6.5 liters according to the publication's sources.
Switching to turbo power will increase the V12's performance and efficiency. While we'll miss the raspy roar of Ferrari's glorious naturally aspirated V12, it's a logical step when you look back at Ferrari's history. Ferrari has already switched from naturally aspirated V8s to turbocharged V8s, and the performance gains in the 488 GTB and F8 Tributo are plain to see.
Currently, the most powerful V12-powered Prancing Horse is the 812 Competizione, which produces 819 horsepower. Ferrari's technical boss Michael Leiters has also hinted that Ferrari is developing a more powerful V12.
Potentially, if the report is true this means the upcoming Purosangue SUV and the successor to the 812 Superfast could be powered by a turbocharged V12. Nothing is official yet, however, so we'll have to take the report with a pinch of salt for now.
Ferrari engineers have previously told CarBuzz that Ferrari will only ever use hybrid technology to keep the V12 alive and adhere to emissions regulations. We were told Ferrari's electrified V12 will be reserved for new halo cars like the LaFerrari's future replacement, but these plans may have changed since then. Whatever happens, Ferrari is determined to keep its V12 alive for as long as possible as it represents the "heart of Ferrari" in the company's chief marketing and commercial officer Enrico Galliera's words.