Ferrari has been spotted testing a prototype for its successor to its 812 Superfast for the first time, and it's likely sporting a V-12 engine.
The prototype is heavily camouflaged but the proportions are unmistakable. Some details also peek through the camouflage gear, like the vents of the hood and the slim headlights.
Previous spy shots showed an early test mule using a makeshift body from the Roma coupe to hide the new mechanicals. The test mule's sound in the video from YouTube channel Car Spy Media points to a V-12 under the hood.
The 812 arrived on the scene in 2017 and traces its roots to the F12 Berlinetta that debuted all the way back in 2012. Its successor, which is codenamed the F167, should debut in 2024 and bring with it a new platform and new engine.
The 812 successor will likely ride on Ferrari's newest platform for front-midship cars. The platform, which was first announced in 2018, supports multiple wheelbase lengths, engine types, and seating configurations. It can also be equipped with all-wheel drive and hybrid technology.
While a V-12 is almost certain for the 812 successor, it isn't certain if there will be some form of electrification.
The engine destined for the 812 successor is likely the newly developed 6.5-liter V-12 that debuted last year in the Purosangue. The engine delivers 715 hp in the SUV but will likely offer more in the 812 successor. The engine in the 812 Superfast, also a 6.5-liter V-12, was rated at 789 hp. It was dialed up to 819 hp for the hardcore 812 Competizione variant.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.