Many of us were hoping to see the hardcore Ferrari F12 Berlinetta this month at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt, but it seems the meaner prancing horse will not be unveiled this year after all. Chances are it will receive its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show programmed for March 2016. Seen here is a partially camouflaged prototype of what will be the F12 Speciale although some say Ferrari has decided to bring back its iconic “GTO” designation.
The vehicle was spotted at home in Maranello, Italy performing final testing rounds ahead of next year’s launch when it is set to become the flagship model, taking into account the LaFerrari is no longer available since it has reached sold out status a while back.
What to expect from the beefier F12? For starters, the 6.3-liter V12 normally aspirated engine is believed to gain an extra 30 bhp which will take the total output to 760 bhp. Various reports close to the Italian marque are indicating the engineers have managed to reduce the vehicle’s weight by a whopping 200 kg, although this is likely an overoptimistic assumption and in reality the weight loss will be less significant.
The body is also going through some serious changes to enhance aerodynamics and also improve cooling as the rear fenders will gain vertical slats. The design should be a little bit more aggressive and we expect to find fresh alloy wheels, new body paints and other bits and pieces which have already been unofficially previewed courtesy of some fully revealing spy photos showing a prototype that didn’t have any sort of disguise.
In terms of performance, the standard F12 Berlinetta runs the 0-100 kmph sprint in 3.1 seconds, so the Speciale / GTO derivative should complete the journey in less than 3 seconds. Top speed of the regular model stands at more than 211 mph (340 km/h), so maybe the new version will be even faster although the aerodynamic tweaks might be tailored to quicker accelerations rather than a higher maximum velocity.