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Earlier in the year we saw a mysterious Ferrari F12 Berlinetta mule testing in Italy with some camouflage gear taped over its rear. Originally thought to be an early mule for the F12’s mid-cycle update (Ferrari has confirmed its regular models will have an eight-year lifespan with a major update coming halfway), it’s now thought the car is a prototype for a more hardcore version of the F12 that’s to be sold alongside the current model, in the same way that Ferrari sold its 458 Speciale alongside the 458 Italia.
Just last month there were reports claiming the hardcore F12 would utilize Ferrari’s storied GTO badge, and we even saw some alleged official renderings of the car. Now we have some new details courtesy of Autocar.
The British publication reports that the hardcore F12 will see power upped only slightly but weight cut dramatically. Peak output is said to be rising from the current 730-horsepower rating to 760 horses while weight is reduced by as much as 440 pounds compared to the current model, which tips the scales at about 3,150 lbs. This will ensure the F12 is still the fastest of Ferrari’s regular models, a title that’s been threatened by the arrival of the 488 GTB. There’s also the little issue of Lamborghini’s Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce, the fastest car around the Nürburgring after Porsche’s 918 Spyder.
In addition to weight-saving mods, the hardcore F12 is also expected to benefit from an extreme aerodynamics package. While this should boost downforce, it may result in a lower top speed than the current F12 which maxes out around 211 mph. The 0-60 mph time should take less than 3.0 seconds.
A debut could take place at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next March. It’s possible the car will be Ferrari’s last road-going model to be launched with a V-12 devoid of hybrid technology, just as the 458 Speciale was the automaker’s last car with a V-8 devoid of turbochargers.