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Ferrari Planning Reborn Testarossa With 1,000-HP V12

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We all like a good rumor and this latest one, courtesy of The Supercar Blog, will be the source of a lot of happiness to Ferrari fans. According to the site's unnamed source, a serious Ferrari collector who's part of the company's "inner circle", is claiming a new 1,000+ plus horsepower supercar is being developed, but it won't be the new car expected to be revealed sometime next month. Oh, and this new V12 Ferrari could be called Testarossa.

The source adds they were told about this car a few months ago during a Ferrari collector's dinner. The only other clue this individual was willing to spill, aside from its engine and projected output, is the 'Testarossa' nameplate. If true, it would be used for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The Ferrari Testarossa we all know and love launched in 1984 and came powered by a 4.9-liter flat-12 with 385 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. Later iterations, such as the 512 TR, saw output upgraded to 428 hp and 362 lb-ft. Top speed was around 195 mph and 0-60 mph happened in 4.9 seconds. To compare, the current V8-powered Ford Mustang GT has 460 hp and 420 lb-ft and makes the sprint to 60 in less than 4.0 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 157 mph. Times change. We wish we could confirm this news but Ferrari is notorious for being tight-lipped.

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However, last September it unveiled the 812 Superfast-based Monza SP1 and SP2. Both limited editions are the first models in a new special series called Icona that draws inspiration from 1950s Ferraris. And that brings us to our next point: the original Ferrari Testarossa debuted way back in 1957. Billed as the 250 Testa Rossa, it was a racing car built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Sports Car Championship races. It too had a V12, a 3.0-liter with 300 hp.

If we had to make a guess, a reborn Testarossa could be an upcoming addition to the Icona series and, like the SP1 and SP2, will be powered by the 812 Superfast's 6.5-liter V12, currently with 789 hp. How or if Ferrari upgrades it to the claimed 1,000 hp also remains a mystery.

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