V12 Roars in Roma’s Renewed Body
Spotted testing in the Alps recently was a mystery machine from Ferrari, and at first glance there seemed to be no hint of what it may have been. Nonetheless, when one takes a listen, the liveliness of a passionate V12 engine is clear. It appears that this camo-clad mule is actually based on the Roma, a Ferrari rolled out just below the 812, which does connote with a 3.9L twin turbocharged V8 producing 612hp. The 812 Superfast which came out in 2017 is even more impressive, boasting a 6.5L V12 and churning out 789 hp, and if that wasn’t enough the Competizione boasts an insane 819 hp!
It is difficult to fathom how Ferrari could possibly better the roaring V12, which stands amongst the most revved-up engines in all of existence; still, never count out the Italian automaker. Expectedly, the successor to the 812’s will incorporate the adaptable FR architecture, boasting varying wheelbases, powering both rear- and 4-wheel drive, while potentially being compatible with V8s or V12s alongside hybrids.
The experimental vehicle in the video truly sounds as remarkable as we’ve come to anticipate from a Ferrari V12, and it has a thrilling rumble leaving its four exhaust pipes. It is impossible to decide if the V12 engine has been electrified or not, however, we should have no fear of the response should it be. Clearly, Ferrari has proved how remarkably evocative a hybrid supercar can be with the SF90 Stradale; this auto possesses three electric motors, but we won’t anticipate such a complicated fitting if the 812 successor is electrified in any way.
This test mule, despite its likeness to Rome, features certain modifications such as an extended hood, greater air ducts, and expanded wheel arches. All of these adaptations are suggestive of the necessity of a more significant V12 motor and a broader passageway.
The 812 Competizione will almost certainly be equipped with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and an updated version of Side Slip Control – Ferrari’s electronic brain which governs the car’s behaviour in various scenarios – is likely to appear.
Nearly twenty-four months have passed since Ferrari tested a V12 engine in the Roma platform. This prototype was bigger than its predecessor too. We are hoping this timeline points to Ferrari being on the brink of officially unveiling the finalized version soon. We anticipate the 812’s successor (the name remains unknown) to be realeased as a 2025 model, with possible disclosure happening sometime late this year or the start of 2021.