Ferrari’s history with V-12 engines goes all the way back to the 1948 Ferrari 166 F2 Formula Two racer and many of the brands cars over the past 70 years have been offered with a V-12. The Ferrari 250 GTO, arguably the most desirable Ferrari ever made boasted a V-12 engine. So did the 365 GTB4 Daytona, the Testarossa, and even the 456 GT Venice station wagon. More recent V-12 models included the Ferrari FXX, F12berlinetta, and the controversially named LaFerrari. All this history of incredible power and performance could be coming to an end as new reports are suggesting that the upcoming 812 GTO Aperta could, in fact, be Ferrari’s last front-engined, naturally aspirated V-12 – marking the end of an era and opening a door to the future.
Before I dive too deep into that, let me just point out that Ferrari has even admitted that the V-12 was eventually going to get put down, as explained to Autocar when the brand’s CTO said the firm would try to keep it around as long as possible. And, we know that the Purosangue SUV will likely be offered with the V-12 as well. Beyond the 812 and Purosangue, however, Ferrari’s V-12 could be shelved forever.
As for the 812 GTO Aperta, it is expected to be a spiritual successor to the 599 GTO, and while there’s not a lot known about it at this time, it’ll likely be produced in just 812 examples – the same example set by the aforementioned 599 GTO. That massive 6.5-liter should be massaged to deliver a little extra oomph over the 812 Superfast’s current output of 780 horsepower, but how much remains to be seen. The big changes will come in the way of aerodynamic enhancements and chassis tweaking that should improve maneuverability. Pricing will be somewhere in the range $700,000, a huge premium over the 812 Superfast but definitely well worth it.
So what happens after Ferrari’s V-12 is gone? Well, Ferrari has no choice but to embrace forced induction to a larger degree. There haven’t been too many Ferraris with forced induction in the past, but there have been a few. Furthermore, an old patent from 2018 showcased what could have been a four-banger with forced induction – something that could be used alongside some brutal electrification. Will Ferrari go all-electric in the near future? I highly doubt it, but give it 5 or 6 years, and I’m willing to bet we’ll definitely see some hybridized cars with smaller engines.