Ferrari F12berlinetta Successor To Continue Using V-12 Engine
Prancing Horse isn’t caving in to engine downsizing pressures just yetby Kirby Garlitos, on
Ferrari’s acceptance of smaller, turbocharged engines became a reality with the introduction of the California T and 488 GTB sports cars. But the company, it appears, isn’t ready to say goodbye to its naturally-aspirated V-12 engines as a new report from German magazine Autobild claims that the successor to the F12berlinetta will continue to use 12 cylinders.
The yet-to-be-named model is due to arrive sometime in 2019 with an upgraded version of the 6.3-liter V-12 engine that’s currently being used by the F12. So don’t expect any turbochargers with the F12’s successor because you won’t see any. That said, previous reports have indicated that the V-12 engine may not be the only power source that will be provided for the new model. So while the old school V-12 is still being used, a modern form of assistance is likely needed to get the car’s power output to a place where Ferrari wants it to be. That “assistance” could come in the form of a hybrid system made up of an upgraded version of the V-12 and a few electric motors.
It’s not that much of a stretch to consider given how little wiggle room the company has in giving the new model more power than the 770-horsepower F12tdf but less than the 963-horsepower LaFerrari hypercar. An output somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 horsepower is the presumed objective for the new model, and given how much Ferrari has already squeezed out of the V-12 to get to the output of the F12tdf, it could bring in a those electric motors into the fold to help get to that “next level” output it wants for the F12’s successor.
Not surprisingly, Ferrari has yet to comment on these reports and don’t expect any confirmations anytime soon. The Prancing Horse has been traditionally tight-lipped when it comes to future models, especially those in the upper echelons of its lineup.
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The whole notion of Ferrari diving head first into the world of turbochargers would have probably caused a riot incited by those loyal to the purity of the Prancing Horse. Naturally aspirated V-12 engines lie at the core of Ferrari’s roots so to venture into the world of turbochargers and have not one, but two models fitted with that kind of engine was already too much for the loyal tifosi.
Ferrari knows that, and yet it also knows that it needed to have those downsized engines if it wanted to abide by increasingly stringent emissions regulations in a lot of the markets it caters to. That’s just the state of evolution in the industry that automakers, big or small, have to keep in mind to further their business.
That said, nobody’s stopping Ferrari from keeping the naturally aspirated engines from going extinct. There’s still room for it in the business, especially for an automaker that prides itself on being at the top of the food luxury and performance car chain. It’s the same rationale that Lamborghini is using. At their core, the two Italian automakers will forever be known for having cars that unleash guttural screams that only naturally aspirated V-12 engines can create.
Personally, I hope that the successor to the F12 continues to use a V-12 engine because it’s hard to imagine Ferrari completely kowtowing to turbochargers to the extent that it completely forgets its roots.
Read our full review on the 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta here.