Could This Be The Future Ferrari F12 Speciale?
A new image has surfaced of what’s believed to be a harder, faster version of the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, tentatively called F12 ‘GTO’ or F12 ‘Speciale.’ The un-camouflaged yellow car is also a dead ringer for the one that appeared in leaked screenshots in June, purportedly from a yet-to-be-released online configurator for prospective customers.
The spy pic comes courtesy of Cavallino Rampante and provides a clear, unobscured, rear three-quarters view. As also seen in the configurator image, it has a black strip running between the two circular taillights, a sizable rear diffuser and carbon fiber exhaust clusters that look like they could also have some kind of aerodynamic function.
Moving around to the sides, we see three shark-gill air outlets over the rear wheels, which are inspired by those of the Series I 1962-1964 Ferrari 250 GTO. The doors appear unchanged from the F12, but there are new carbon side skirts and a carbon-fiber accent that cascade over the front quarter panel, aft of the rear wheel. The 10-spoke wheels are completely new too.
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Though not visible here, the front has been revised too. The front fascia now has a single grill element, the center section of which extends down to the front splitter — which can just barely be seen here peeking around the front — and likely houses a pair of active aero flaps that open and close depending on speed.
Previous rumors have suggested a 780-horsepower V-12 will be under the hood, and it could be supplemented with a HY-KERS hybrid system like in the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari. If that’s the case, then the complete system could produce upwards of 800 horsepower. At around 3,000 pounds, it will weight significantly less than the standard F12, and a possible rear-wheel steering system will give it superior agility. Expect a sub-three-second 0-60 time and a Fiorano lap time on par with the LaFerrari.
Why it matters
We already knew a faster F12 was in the works, but this new image leaves little doubt that the leaked screenshots from June were the real thing. Whatever it’s called — and it almost certainly won’t have ‘GTO’ or ‘Speciale’ in the name — we should learn more about it at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, where we expect it to debut.
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Source: Cavallino Rampante