It's the end of the line for Ferrari's naturally-aspirated V12.
As if the Geneva Motor Show weren’t exciting enough, Ferrari is reportedly bringing out something powerful. The highly-anticipated F12 M – the successor to the F12 Berlinetta – will make its auto show debut in March.
Leaked specs suggest there will be a 6.5-litre V12 under the hood, an upgrade from the current 6.3-litre engine, good for as much as 800 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. For comparison’s sake, the current F12 Berlinetta is good for 730 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque, while the F12tdf makes 770 hp and 521 lb-ft of torque.
According to Autocar, this will be the last naturally-aspired V12 built by Ferrari, and the most powerful one to date. Early rumours suggest the F12 M will be able to hit 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in less than three seconds, continuing on to 200 km/h (124 mph) in less than eight seconds.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, the F12 M will gain an evolutionary design over the outgoing Berlinetta. Things like new LED headlights, a restyled grille, and a number of new distinctive body lines will come with the update, as will a "rear diffuser [that] looks like it is floating off the back."
Inside, the newest Prancing Pony will gain a number of new features like a dual-screen infotainment system, an 8.8-inch "passenger display," and a few expected upgrades to the seats and design.
Production will begin at the start of 2018, ending just a year later in 2019. Only 1,000 to 1,200 units are expected to be produced, with just a small number of them being right-hand drive. A limited run of 80 to 100 units will also come later down the line.