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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A New Ferrari F12 Could Cut Weight and Unleash 760 HP

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Ferrari has the supercar recipe down to a T. Sharpen, lighten, strengthen, give it a “Speciale” designation, and let it loose on the world. That formula has recently birthed the 458 Speciale supercar, though Ferrari may apply the same equation to its V12 grand touring coupe—the F12berlinetta. 
 
According to the UK’s Autocar, the Prancing Horse is currently developing a more focussed version of its F12 grand tourer, expected to don the “Speciale” title in time for next year’s Geneva Motor Show. It is said to be a full-production model and will slot above the current car in the Ferrari lineup.

While no official word has been announced, the magazine reports that the power of the Ferrari’s V12 engine will be eeked up from 730 to over 760 horsepower, permitting off-the-line performance in the region of zero to 60 mph in under three seconds flat. Hold onto your hats.

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The power increase will also allegedly complement a retuned suspension setup, aggressive aerodynamic tweaks, and a significant 440-pound weight loss regimen planned for the car.

The heft is expected to be trimmed by employing lightweight body panels, thinner window glass, lightweight wheels, and a stripped-out interior. Current amenities like carpets, air conditioning, and infotainment would likely receive the cut as standard, though may be available as additional options. Expect styling in the same vein as the no-nonsense 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Considering the F12berlinetta already retails for an eye-watering $320,000…this potential F12 “Speciale” certainly won’t come with a bargain due to its stripped-out nature. Then again, it may rival the performance of cars with significantly higher price tags–hypercar territory.