The Last Naturally Aspirated Ferrari V12 Is Only Weeks Away

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A decades-long era is nearly over.

The Geneva Motor Show is typically the preferred venue for supercar and hypercar debuts. The LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder all premiered there along with every new Koenigsegg and Pagani. But this year's Swiss show will also mark the end of an era for Ferrari that began back in 1947: the debut of its first V12 engine. Autocar has an updated report regarding the Ferrari F12 M, the F12 Berlinetta's successor, just prior to its official unveiling.

Unlike the LaFerrari, the F12 M will retain the F12's naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 without the aid of electric hybrid power. Au naturel is more like it, and total power is expected to exceed 750 hp. The F12, by comparison, produces 730 hp. Aside from the LaFerrari, only the limited-edition F12tdf is more powerful with its rated 769 hp. So consider the F12 M as having Ferrari's ultimate naturally aspirated V12, the culmination of decades of work and technological evolution. As for other upgrades, expect to see the F12 M with restyled headlights and grille as well as new taillights. The interior will feature the GT4C Lusso's dual-screen infotainment system along with various other design updates.

Fortunately, Ferrari is planning to build the F12 M for the foreseeable future, specifically the next five years or so. This makes sense because the F12 Berlinetta began production in 2012. In other words, 2022 will very likely be the final production year for the naturally aspirated Ferrari V12 engine. From that point on, expect twin-turbo V6s, V8s, and electric hybrids to fully take over.

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