With 830 horsepower and 692 Newton-meters on tap, the Ferrari 812 Competizione comes to the highest specification of all V12 prancing horsepower. The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter unit outperforms the LaFerrari’s combustion engine and delivers extra horsepower over the 812 Superfast it replaces.
In the end, Ferrari didn’t finish massaging the incredibly powerful engine to squeeze in even more power. Talk with Coach, the technical director of the company, Michael Leiters, announced that a beefier V12 was already in preparation, but without revealing the name of the model which will benefit from the improved plant: “We are working on it”.
Which model could receive the amplified V12? There are many possibilities. The first that comes to mind is a replacement for LaFerrari expected in the coming years. The next flagship could be mechanically linked to the company’s Le Mans Hypercar program confirmed for the 2023 season. It could feature some sort of electrification, but not a plug-in hybrid as that would add too much weight.
Coach also sat down and chatted with Ferrari Marketing Director Enrico Galliera about the prospects of a stronger V12 and revealed that it will not be used in an 812 XX only on track. Reading between the lines, that can only mean that it will power a road-approved car and he added that the company is “considering something that will be visible in the future.”
The Purosangue could use that mighty V12 to compensate for what will certainly be a significant weight penalty compared to traditional Ferrari sports cars. Maranello’s very first upcoming SUV will take some time as the most recent spy shots have revealed that prototypes are still being tested with modified Maserati Levante bodies.
The third plausible scenario is an ultra-exclusive special edition in the same vein as the Monza SP1 and SP2 speedsters from the Icona series, reminiscent of classic Ferrari models. After all, when the dynamic duo made their debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018, they had the most powerful configuration of the V12 engine – at 810 hp.
All things considered, Ferrari’s glorious NA V12 engine is here to stay despite increasingly stringent emissions regulations. Electrification is probably inevitable in order to maintain the 6.5-liter unit in the longer term, but kudos to the Italians for keeping the long tradition of twelve-cylinder cars alive.