The 2021 Ferrari 812 GTO is an upcoming version of the 812 Superfast grand tourer. A return of the "GTO" has been rumored since before Ferrari upgraded the F12berlinetta into the 812 Superfast. Ferrari has yet to confirm that such a model is underway, but our paparazzi spotted a slightly modified and camouflaged 812 on the go. With Ferrari set to unveil two new models by the end of 2020, the 812 GTO could become a reality, and the "GTO" badge would return after exactly ten years.

Exterior

  • Test car looks familiar
  • It should have a new front bumper
  • More aggressive aero bits
  • Extra vents here and there
  • Sportier rear diffuser
  • Maybe a rear wing?
  • "GTO" badge
2021 Ferrari 812 GTO Exterior Spyshots
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The test car looks familiar in the front.

The engine hood, the headlamps, and the small inner vents are identical to the standard 812 Superfast.

The bumper also retains the familiar shape, but the big vents feature a different layout. It also looks unfinished, so the configuration could change as development moves forward, but the side vents are notably different on this car. We can also see new tiny vents at the lower corners of the bumper, as well as a revised splitter with protruding elements to the side. These changes are small, but they could impact aerodynamics rather dramatically. And given the naturally aspirated engine under the hood, a layout that limits the amount of power you can squeeze, better aero is exactly what Ferrari needs to chase here.

2021 Ferrari 812 GTO Exterior Spyshots
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The mule’s profile is perfectly identical to the regular 812 Superfast, save for the camo covering most of the right-side front fender. But the cover isn’t there to hide a new design feature or aerodynamic device. It’s hiding some cables that enter the engine compartment and that are likely liked to a computer at the other end. Ferrari is testing something or simply monitoring how the car reacts to new performance and aero features.

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From the rear, this 812 mule looks identical to the standard Superfast, but things are a bit different in the lower bumper corners. The exhaust pipe surrounds are much larger, but for now, they look like rugged plastic bits attached to the car. The central diffuser is also a bit different, featuring two smaller winglets on each side of the big fins. Again, these changes aren’t major design-wise, but they could impact aerodynamics in a serious way.

Interior

  • Identical to standard model
  • "GTO" badge
  • Alcantara seats
  • Leather dashboard
  • Bespoke instrument cluster
  • Some vintage-inspired details
  • Carbon-fiber trim
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Our paparazzi weren't able to take photos of the interior, but it's to say that the GTO will carry over with the same features the 812 Superfast.

Ferrari will add a few extras, but nothing that will alter the overall layout. Since it’s a tribute to the original GTO, Ferrari could add some unique features inspired by the 1960s grand tourer. It could combine a black dashboard with blue Alcantara seats and similar inserts on the door panels, as well as aluminum floor covers to mimic the bare chassis of the 250 GTO race car. It should also feature unique trim and maybe some exposed carbon-fiber as standard. The instrument cluster could also feature a bespoke display with a dial arrangement similar to the original GTO.

Drivetrain

  • 6.5-liter V-12
  • More than 800 horsepower?
  • Around 550 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds
  • Top speed at more than 200 mph
  • Most powerful V-12 Ferrari yet?
2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast High Resolution Drivetrain AutoShow
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The 812 GTO will be powered by the already iconic V-12 engine that motivates the Superfast.

The F140-series mill that displaces 6.5 liters in the 812 Superfast was first introduced in 2002 in the Ferrari Enzo. It was also used in the 599 GTB Fiorano, so it also powered the 599 GTO, the first iteration of the modern GTO. It was upgraded to a 6.3-liter spec for the F12berlinetta, the predecessor of the 812, and switches to a 6.5-liter size in 2017. Since then, it was used in all Ferrari cars based on the 812 Superfast, including the 812 GTS and the Monza SP1 and SP2 limited series.

We don’t know whether Ferrari is increasing displacement for this engine again, but we do know that the 6.5-liter V-12 can generate more power than in the 812 Superfast as is. The latter is already plenty powerful at 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, but the special-edition Monza models benefit from an extra ten horses at a grand total of 799 horsepower. This means that if Ferrari wants the GTO to be more powerful on top of being lighter and more aerodynamic, it already has a tried-and-true version of the 6.5-liter V-12.

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On the other hand, Maranello can go with a revised version of the engine for more oomph.

Whether it will increase displacement or not, the upgraded engine will blow past the 800-horsepower mark for the first time.

Don’t expect a massive improvement, though, as the naturally aspirated mill has certain limits. I’d say that the 812 GTO will top out at 810 horsepower max. But this figure will make it not only the most powerful naturally aspirated Ferrari ever but also the most powerful car with a front-engined layout.

It will also be notably more powerful than the previous GTO, the 599 GTO that was produced from 2010 to 2012. Powered by a beefed-up 6.0-liter V-12, the 599 GTO came with 661 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque on tap. This means that the 812 GTO could benefit from an extra 150 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of twist.

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But will the GTO be quicker than the 812 Superfast? The regular grand tourer needs 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph, and so do the Monza SP limited-edition models, which are slightly more powerful. But the GTO should be lighter than the 812 Superfast too. The 599 GTO, for instance, was some 220 pounds lighter than the 599 GTB it was based on, so we can expect a similar weight reduction for the 812 GTO.

With the Superfast tipping the scales at 3,845 pounds, the 812 GTO could come in at a little over 3,600 pounds. The new power-to-weight ratio could enable the 812 GTO to hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, a tenth-second quicker than the Superfast.

How much will the 2021 Ferrari 812 GTO cost?

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The return of the GTO badge will add a healthy premium to the 812 Superfast. The latter starts from $338,000, while the 812 GTS comes in at $364,000. The GTO will cost more than that and could very well hit $400,000 before options. On the other hand, the 812 GTO won’t be as expensive as the Monza SP1 and SP2, which retailed for more than $1.5 million when new.

Will the 2021 Ferrari 812 GTO be a limited-edition model?

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Definitely, just like the 599 GTO from 2010, the 812 GTO will be built in limited numbers. The 599 GTO was built in 599 examples, but Ferrari may restrict the 812 GTO to only 500 units.

When will the 2021 Ferrari 812 GTO go on sale?

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The 812 GTO will likely break cover by the end of 2020. Production will probably commence in 2021, but the GTO might go on sale as soon as Ferrari unveils the official details. But as is the case with other limited-edition Ferrari, the 812 GTO might be showcased to customers in a private event, and all production models will be accounted for before the car makes its public debut.

Will the 2021 Ferrari 812 GTO be better than the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ?

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Exterior
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Being a mid-engined supercar, the Aventador SVJ isn’t a perfect match for the 812 GTO, but enthusiasts often compare these nameplates as the flagship V-12 models of the Italian companies. And the "SVJ" or "Jota" badge is Lambo’s equivalent for the "GTO," as it first appeared in the 1960s and then resurfaced again in the 1990s on the Diablo and then again in the 2010s on the Aventador. The Aventador SVJ was introduced in 2018 as a more hardcore version of the SV. It features race-inspired aerodynamics, including a big rear wing, and a beefed-up, 6.5-liter V-12 engine that cranks out 759 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The SVJ is not as powerful as the GTO is predicted to be, but it will be just as quick thanks to its 0-to-60 mph sprint of 2.7 seconds. The Aventador SVJ is limited to only 963 units, including 63 examples of the 63 Edition, and it retails from more than $500,000 in the United States.

Read our full story on the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

Ferrari GTO history

1962 - 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO High Resolution Exterior
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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

First first used the "GTO" badge in 1962 on the Ferrari 250 GTO, arguably the most iconic car the Italian brand has ever built. Short for Gran Turismo Omologato, which translates to Grand Touring Homologated, the GTO name was used on a grand tourer that Ferrari built specifically for the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car category. The 250 GTO was built only until 1964 in just 39 units. While some examples were used as road cars, many 250 GTOs spent their early days on the race track, winning important events for the Italian automakers. The GTO debuted to a second overall finish at the 12 Hours of Le Mans and went on to win the over 2.0-liter class of the International Championship for GT Manufacturers from 1962 to 1964. It also went on to win the Tour de France for two consecutive years. The last front-engined car to remain competitive at the top level of sports car racing, the 250 GTO was contested by only a handful of vehicles until the mid-1960s, including the Jaguar E-Type, Aston Martin DB4 GT, and the Shelby Cobra. The 250 GTO was powered by a 3.0-liter V-12 engine rated at almost 300 horsepower.

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO High Resolution Exterior
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The GTO name returned for the first in 1984, on the Ferrari 288. A spiritual successor to the 250 GTO, the 288 was related to the 308 GTB and acted as the company’s flagship vehicle until the F40 was introduced. But unlike its V-12-powered predecessor, the 288 GTO featured a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-8 under the hood. Using technology borrowed from Formula One, the 288 GTO arrived with an impressive 395 horsepower and 366 pound-feet of torque on tap. While the 250 GTO was primarily developed as a race car, the 288 GTO was a full-fledged road car. However, Ferrari built a race-spec Evoluzione model that was intended to race in Group B rallying. The series was canceled before the Evoluzione went into production, and the project was shelved with only six prototypes built. The race-spec GTO was powered by a 650-horsepower V-8, and it eventually inspired the Ferrari F40.

2011 Ferrari 599 GTO Exterior
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The latest incarnation of the GTO, the 599 GTO, was built from 2010 to 2012. It was based on the 599 GTB, so it marked a return to the original front-engined V-12 layout. For the 599 GTO, Ferrari upgraded the existing 6.0-liter V-12 to 661 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, turning the grand tourer into the quickest Ferrari at the time, surpassing even the mid-engined Ferrari Enzo. The 599 GTO was, in essence, a road-legal version of the 599XX track-day special, and it needed less than 3.3 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Built in just 599 units, the 599 GTO was discontinued in 2012 as the last Ferrari to feature the iconic "GTO" emblem.

Conclusion

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The 812 GTO is pure speculation as of this writing. Ferrari has yet to confirm that such a model is underway, and there are no hints to suggest that the iconic "GTO" badge is indeed coming back. A revival has been in the rumor mill since 2014, but instead of the GTO, we then got the F12tdf as a tribute to Ferrari’s success in the Tour de France back in the day. The last GTO model was discontinued in 2012, and some would say that it’s too soon for a new revival, but I think it would be the perfect way to send the company’s current grand touring platform, which dates back to 2012, into the history books.

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