Alleged Ferrari F12 GTO - Image via Auto GespotEnlarge Photo
Ferrari is working on a mid-cycle update for its F12 Berlinetta, and according to the latest reports the updated car may include a limited edition version wearing the iconic “GTO” badge. Traditionally, the letters GTO, short for Gran Turismo Omologata, represented a homologation special linked to an actual race car. Think legends like the 250 GTO and 288 GTO. However, since the debut of the 599 GTO back in 2010 it would seem Ferrari is happy to slap the badge on cars never intended to be used in anger.
And now, just five years on, we may be about to see another GTO. Late last week, GT Spirit reported that a new F12 GTO will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. And since then, screenshots said to have been taken from an online configurator designed exclusively for Ferrari customers have surfaced, and reveal what could be the car. The shots are from Auto Gespot, which has higher-resolution versions.
The current F12 Berlinetta is fitted with a 6.3-liter V-12 delivering 731 horsepower. For the F12 GTO, the engineers are said to be boosting output close to 800 hp, possibly with the adoption of a hybrid system similar to that fitted in the LaFerrari flagship. Ferrari has said that it will use hybrid technology to reduce the emissions of its V-12 models, with turbocharging and engine downsizing reserved for its V-8 offerings.
We may also see new aero and suspension mods developed using lessons learned from Ferrari’s Formula One program as well as the FXX K experimental car. There's a number of aero elements in the bumper shown in the screen shots. The rear also appears to have some interesting elements. Importantly, some of the upgrades will likely feature on regular versions of the updated F12.
According to the reports, just 650 examples will be produced. That’s 51 more than the production run for the previous 599 GTO. Customer deliveries are said to start in the second half of 2016. We'll update the story as soon as more details surface.