Ferrari are slowly releasing details of their plans to meddle with the F12 Berlinetta and create something a little more ‘hardcore’. Reports from Autocar suggest that the amped up version, being referred to as the F12 Berlinetta ‘Speciale‘, will debut at the Geneva motor show next March. They hint that this version could be developed into a full-scale production model, which would be sold alongside the standard F12 Berlinetta, which is also due an overhaul.
So what’s so special about the planned ‘Speciale’? The power, for one thing. It’s said that its 6.3 litre, naturally aspirated V12 has been tweaked to produce 760BHP, rather than the standard 730BHP. As Autocar observe, if these figures are correct, it would “elevate its power-to-weight ratio from 447 hp per ton to 531 hp per ton.” Observant critics have pointed out that this puts the Speciale in the 918 Spyder category, and that it may point to a 0-62MPH time of under three seconds. Don’t expect a stratospheric top speed, however, as the advanced aerodynamics package may necessitate a limited speed ceiling to limit the drag.
As you might expect for a car that’s inevitably going to be fixated on performance, the interior is going to be pretty sparse. So sparse, in fact, that carpets will be just a distant memory – although you can of course order them in if you have particularly delicate feet. Other things to look out for will be lightweight wheels, track-focused suspension and steering, and no doubt many other flourishes through which Ferrari will say a final farewell to the naturally aspirated engine. We eagerly await further news!