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Ferrari Is Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks and Pushing The Limits of Engineering

If you thought 830 horsepower in the Ferrari 812 Competizione was a lot, just wait until you see what happens next.

It was May 5th, 2021 when Ferrari revealed the 812 Competizione – an extra-light, 830-horsepower, limited run version of the812 Superfast. Limited production, design, and the ability of the engine to rev to 9,500 RPM aside, the primary reason this car was special is because that high-revving 6.5-liter V-12 sending power to the rear wheels is the most powerful V-12 Ferrari has ever put in a vehicle. That, however, is about to change, because Ferrari can teach that old dog a few new tricks.

The 812 Competizione Won’t Sit At the Top Of The Hierarchy For Very Long

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Following that Rumor, the 812 Competizione was launched
With the most powerful iteration of the V-12 Ferrari as ever made to date

Following the reveal of the Ferrari 812 Competizione,, which was preceded by the 812 Limited Edition V-12, we learned that Ferrari isn’t ready to give up its famed, naturally aspirated V-12 just yet. This was quite a surprise considering a credible rumor said that the F140 V-12 would be laid to rest with the reveal of the upcoming 2021 812 GTO, which made even more sense with Ferrari expected to launch its first EV in 2025. Now, however, we’ve learned that Ferrari’s engineers are actively engaged in massaging, tuning, and refining the very same V-12 that delivers 830 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque in the Competizione.

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Now, we’re learning that Ferrari isn’t ready to give up on the V-12 quite yet
And the rumored 812 GTO probably won’t be the end.

This word comes directly from Autocar, who has apparently spoken with Ferrari’s technical boss, Michael Leiters. According to Leiters, hinted that a more powerful version of that V-12 is coming, admitting that “we are working on that” when asked about it. And, even better yet, it looks like this engine could land inside a road-going car, as Ferrari’s Chief Market Officer – Enrico Galliera – joked that Ferrari “didn’t even think about” a track-only 812XX but “we are thinking about something that will be visible in the future.”

So, what will be the car that takes the throne from the 812 Competizione?

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Only time will tell, but we’re excited to see what happens.

Well, that’s quite the question, but there are a few options to consider. First off, however unlikely, it could land in that mysterious Ferrari 486 that was caught on camera a while back. Of course, that car is rumored to have just 700 horsepower, so perhaps we should be looking at that test mule that was poorly disguised as a LaFerrari and was assumed to be toting around a hybridized V-12. If it’s not one of these cars, then it could, as a matter of fact, be the new Purosangue. The Purosangue needs a lot to be successful as Ferrari’s first SUV, and given the extra weight, an ultra-powerful, near-900-pony V-12 could definitely make up for its weight problem. If this is the case, though, it’s going to be a while as Ferrari is still, apparently, in the early testing stages.

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After the introduction of the 812 Limited Edition V-12
A rumor said that Ferrari was going to retire the F140 NA V-12
With all of this said, however, it could be possible that Ferrari is just cooking up some other special edition – it’s not a stranger to special, limited-run vehicles.

It would also make sense with the company constantly having to bend over backward to maintain the NA V-12’s feasibility given the constantly evolving and stringent emissions regulations. What do you think it will be, and will the V-12 surpass the 900-horsepower mark without forced induction or hybridization? Let me know in the comments section below.

Source: Autocar

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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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