Ferrari's new hardcore 812 Superfast has been caught being put through its paces at the Fiorano test track.
Ferrari was recently caught on camera testing a mysterious new hypercar that will replace the LaFerrari. This isn't the only new model Ferrari is working on, however. A Ferrari 812 Superfast prototype has been spied being put through its paces at the automaker's Fiorano test track in Maranello, Italy, to test the car's performance and agility.
This will be a more hardcore version of the 812 Superfast grand tourer rumored to be called either the GTO or the VS - essentially the equivalent of the Ferrari F12tdf versus the F12. Chances are it will be the last naturally-aspirated V12 Prancing Horse, so the 812 GTO will need to be something special.
As the name suggests, the regular Ferrari 812 Superfast is already insanely fast thanks to its 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 producing 789 horsepower and 529 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sending power to the rear wheels, the V12 grand tourer can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds. The more hardcore 812 GTO, on the other hand, is expected to have an increased output of 850 hp and rev past the 812 Superfast's 8,500 rpm redline to over 9,000 rpm.
This time, we get to hear its glorious V12 scream and it sounds superb. Ferrari also pushes the prototype hard during road-holding tests, causing the tires to beg for mercy.
While the foggy weather conditions make it difficult to get a clear look at the design details, the prototype appears to be fitted with a larger, more aggressive rear diffuser to improve the aerodynamics. Like the F12tdf, the 812 GTO should also have stiffer suspension to make it more responsive than the regular 812 Superfast.
Ferrari only built 799 examples of the F12tdf, so the 812 GTO will almost certainly be limited in number. Since the 812 GTO is already undergoing testing at the Fiorano circuit, an official reveal can't be too far away. It could debut before the end of the year to end 2020 with a bang. After all, Ferrari promised to launch two new models in 2020: the SF90 Spider debuted last month and we're not counting the 488 GT Modificata track racer.