Thanks to several spy images, Italian sports car maker Ferrari is thought to be developing an updated version of the F12 Berlinetta. There have been reports speculating the possible specs as well as the moniker of this new F12, but so far, Ferrari has yet to confirm or deny the existence of this new sports car.
However, a member of the Ferrari Chat forums claimed that there is indeed an updated F12, and it was recently shown to a private group of people at the Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. Two versions of the updated F12, as claimed, were shown during the presentation: a model and a fully functional revised F12. This member also claimed that he was present during the presentation, in which the carmaker unveiled quite a number of details about the updated F12.
While Ferrari has been quiet about the name of this updated F12, the forum member disclosed the carmaker referred to the model as the F152M and V12 Sport. In addition, the updated F12 will have a new engine as its core – a V12 powerplant with a displacement of around 6.5 liters. The forum member went on to specify that this engine would be a naturally aspirated unit that is able to deliver up to 800 hp (597 kW) of output and up to 530 lb.-ft. (718 Nm) of torque.
According to the forum member, Ferrari's presentation wasn’t so clear about the performance figures of the updated F12. Nonetheless, the updated F12 is reportedly able to sprint from nil to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds, and from standstill to 124 mph (200 km/h) arriving in less than eight seconds. That means that this updated F12 model would be really quick, if the claims were true.
Further details were also provided by the forum member regarding the updated F12. For instance, the member claimed that the transmission of the updated F12 has been returned to allow for 30 percent quicker up-shifts and 40-percent quicker downshifts. Likewise, the member claimed that the updated F12 is provided with the latest version of Ferrari rear-wheel steering system.
As for the design, the forum member claimed that the updated F12 would feature a revised and more aggressive front end with new LED headlights while the rear end features a “floating” rear diffuser. Inside, the member claimed that the updated F12 would feature an 8.8-inch passenger display.
The claims of this forum member were somewhat different from current speculations about the updated F12. For instance, there were speculations that it would be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 engine that powers the F12tdf. This engine is rated to develop 770 hp (574 kW) of max output and 521 lb.-ft. (705 Nm) of peak torque. If true, then it would be more powerful than the current F12 Berlinetta, which has a V12 engine that only delivers 730 hp (544 kW) of max output and 509 lb.-ft. (690 Nm) of peak torque. There were also speculations that Ferrari would tune this engine to develop up to 850 hp of output.