In 10 years, the supercar industry will likely be dominated by all-electric offerings with extraordinary performance but lacking the soul and character of their combustion-powered predecessors. Fortunately, Ferrari is not yet ready to give up its screaming naturally-aspirated V12 and has been spied testing it in the 812 Superfast’s successor.
Ferrari launched the 812 Superfast in early 2017 and is hard at work on its replacement. We’ve seen the car testing throughout 2023 and recently, the Car Spy Media channel on YouTube came across two heavily-disguised prototypes testing along some mountainous roads in Europe.
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Current prototypes of Ferrari’s future flagship two-door Grand Tourer have been disguised as the cheaper and less affordable Roma. Both of the cars in this video are adorned with parts from the Roma, including its front and rear fascias. However, the car is noticeably larger than the Roma and has a longer hood to house the more potent powertrain.
As you would imagine, both of these prototypes sound fierce, playing the unmistakable tunes of a Ferrari V12. It is unclear if this engine will grow in size from the current 6.5-liter mill, but we suspect it will stay the same, expecting to see Ferrari increasing its horsepower and torque by refining it, and maybe even adding some help through electrification. The current 6.5-liter V12 tops out at 819 hp and 512 lb-ft (694 Nm) in the limited-run 812 Competizione and Competizione A models, and there’s a good chance the new model will exceed these figures.
It is still too early to know what the 812’s successor will look like. Its proportions will be similar to the car it replaces, but we suspect key design elements will be influenced by models like the SF90 Stradale and 296 GTB.