Reportedly getting the iconic “GTO” moniker that hasn’t been used for a long time, the hardcore F12 Berlinetta is just about ready to show its face as the latest gossip states it will be introduced in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show so an online reveal could occur by the end of August or at least some teasers to build up hype until the full introduction.
Sources close to the Maranello-based automaker are stating the F12 GTO will utilize an upgraded configuration of the normally aspirated V12 6.3-liter engine which is expected to benefit from a significant 60 bhp power hike, thus bringing the grand total to an eye-watering 800 bhp. Getting that extra punch will apparently be possible by borrowing some of the technology from the LaFerrari, including the HY-KERS system.
Aside from gaining more power, the Ferrari F12 GTO (name not confirmed) should also go through a strict diet that will shave off an estimated 100 kg so expect performances to surpass those of the standard F12 which runs the 0-100 kmph sprint in 3.1 seconds and tops out at more than 340 kmph. These upgrades over the standard F12 have apparently allowed Ferrari’s test drivers to lap the Fiorano track in only 1 minute and 21 seconds, thus making it a full 2 seconds quicker when compared to the current F12 Berlinetta.
In terms of design, expect a more aggressive body further aerodynamically optimized and most of the changes will probably occur at the back as Ferrari’s designers will want to make the uprated F12 worthy of the iconic GTO badge. Other upgrades should include new wheels, larger brakes, bigger air vents and some minor tweaks inside the cabin to denote this is a more focused version.
The report goes on to specify Ferrari has decided to limit production to only 650 units and they plan on kicking off deliveries in the second quarter of next year at a yet undisclosed price tag, but surely it will be way more expensive than the outgoing F12.
Source: GT Spirit