In Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ [NYSE:FCAU] five-year strategy announcement for Ferrari made last year, it was confirmed that the Italian maker of some of the finest supercars on the planet planned to give its cars a lifespan of about eight years, with a significant update—Modificato in Ferrari-speak—after the first four years.
We saw this first with the transition of the California to the California T in 2014, and this year we saw the 458 Italia transform into the 488 GTB. The next Ferrari model to be updated will be the FF, whose Modificato version, spy shots of which you can view here, should appear during 2016.
That leaves just the F12 Berlinetta, an updated version of which is due in the next year or two, and it appears we now have our first look at a prototype for the updated version of the V-12 grand tourer. At present the car is only masked at the rear but there could be changes applied to other areas as testing advances.
It’s not clear what Ferrari has in store for the updated F12, though we could see slightly more power extracted from its 6.3-liter V-12. The engine currently rates in at 731 horsepower but the engineers might boost this so that it exceeds the 739 hp of Lamborghini’s bonkers Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce. We should also expect to see new aero and suspension mods developed using lessons learned from Ferrari’s Formula One program as well as the FXX K experimental car.
Ferrari will eventually add hybrid technology to its V-12 models to help lower their emissions but we’re not expecting to see this until the next-generation models arrive towards the end of the decade. And as for an open-top version of the F12, Ferrari hasn’t hinted at such a model but will build you one if your pockets are deep enough.
Look for a debut of the updated F12 in early 2017, possibly at that year’s Geneva Motor Show.