The final naturally aspirated V12 Ferrari?
We’ve known for some time that Ferrari plans to launch a hardcore version of its F12 Berlinetta in the near future, but only now have we learned more specific details. According to Autocar, we could see the F12 Speciale (official name or not, we like it) debut next March at Geneva. Like the 458 Speciale, the F12 Speciale could end up being a full-scale production model. The "standard" F12, which is due for a mid-life refresh of its own, will continue to be built alongside the hardcore version. So what’s the F12 Speciale’s secret sauce?
For starters, it’s said to weigh nearly 440 lbs. less than the base model. And, of course, output from its 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 has been increased from 730 hp to 760 hp. If true, Autocar correctly points out that this would effectively "elevate its power-to-weight ratio from 447 hp per ton to 531 hp per ton." Translation: The F12 Speciale will surpass the Lamborghini Aventador SV’s 485 hp per ton, putting it closer to that of the Porsche 918 Spyder. 0-62 mph could happen in 3.0 seconds or less. Interestingly, the current F12’s top speed of 211 mph could actually "be reduced due to increased drag resulting from the aerodynamics package" the F12 Speciale will likely have. Step inside and you’ll find a stripped-out interior.
That means no carpets, sound deadening, or satellite navigation. Of course, all of that and more will remain optional. Also expect a tuned suspension and steering, ultra-lightweight wheels, and improved safety and stability systems specifically for better track day use. Folks, this could very well be the last naturally aspirated V12 Ferrari ever. It needs to be more than perfect.