It was believed the higher specification F12 would resurrect the legendary “GTO” moniker but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore as Autocar UK states Ferrari will use the Speciale nameplate to designate its beefier F12. A previous report indicated the V12 6.3-liter normally aspirated engine will be tweaked to deliver a massive 800 bhp, but now we are hearing Maranello’s engineers will increase output to 760 bhp.
Even though the power gain won’t be as significant as originally believed, the F12 Speciale should still be a proper quick car taking into account the weight loss is estimated to stand at a whopping 200 kg, which is double compared to what we knew up until now. It’s unclear how the weight is going to be shaved off, but most likely Ferrari will make extensive use of carbon fiber for the body while the interior cabin will be stripped out. Also on the menu should be ultra-lightweight wheels, thinner windows, along with the removal of the sat-nav system and less sound-deadening material.
Aside from packing more punch in a lighter body, the Ferrari F12 Speciale (name not confirmed) will get a bespoke tune for the suspension while the steering system will also be revised. The engineers are going to work on the car’s safety and stability systems as well and keep in mind this could turn out to be one of the most important Ferraris of all time as it will probably be the last naturally aspirated, non-hybrid model.
All these upgrades will command a serious premium over the regular F12 which will live on and coexist with its Speciale sibling set to be a regular production model rather than a limited-run special edition. The F12 Speciale is expected to show up in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show, but Ferrari could surprise us by bringing it to Frankfurt this September although most likely they will only show the 488 GTS, basically a Spider version of the 488 GTB.
Source: Autocar UK