The New Ferrari 12Cilindri Makes 830 HP the Old-Fashioned Way

No turbos, no hybrids, the Ferrari 12Cilindri is all about the 6.5-liter V-12.

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Ferrari is unique in the way it embraces tradition and cutting-edge technology in equal measure. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than with its new car, the 12Cilndri, the successor to the 812 Superfast. Ferrari removed the covers from the 12Cilindri and 12Cilindri Spider on Thursday in Miami. And as the name suggests, it’s all about that 12-cylinder engine.

The 6.5-liter 65-degree unit is the latest evolution of Ferrari’s F140 V-12, first used in the Enzo two decades ago. Here, it develops 819 naturally aspirated horsepower at 9,250 rpm and 500 pound-feet of torque at 7,250 rpm, with a redline set at 9,500 rpm. There’s no hybrid assistance either: Ferrari has managed to meet all relevant emissions standards without relying on electrification.

It’s broadly similar to the 812 Competizione’s engine, with titanium connecting rods and a valve system that ditches the typical hydraulic lifters for a rigid system with roller followers. Unique, however, is a system called “Aspirated Torque Shaping”, which uses electronics to change the torque curve in third and fourth gears.

Paired with the engine, a rear-mounted eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox promises 30 percent faster shifts than the 812’s transmission. Given that the 812 was one of the fastest cars on the road, we can only imagine what it’s like. Switching to taller 21-inch tires effectively shortens the gear ratios by 5.0 percent, contributing to better acceleration. Ferrari quotes a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a 0-124 mph time of less than 7.9 seconds. The Spider is only slightly slower, with acceleration times of 2.95 seconds and 8.2 seconds, respectively. Top speed for both is over 211 mph.

In terms of size, the 12Cilindri is slightly larger than the 812 Superfast in most dimensions, although the wheelbase is an inch shorter. The design is similar to what we saw with the Roma, with more technical details. The black panel in front of the hood and between the lights refers to the plexiglass panel found on early examples of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Really, the whole thing is quite Daytona-esque.

Inside, you get the now traditional Ferrari steering wheel adorned with controls, but unlike many of the brand’s new models, there’s a central infotainment screen. Otherwise, the cabin isn’t much different from what we saw in the Purosangue, except the rear seats.

As you would expect, the 12Cilindri benefits from all of Ferrari’s latest ultra-advanced chassis control systems, including Side Slip Control 8, designed to more quickly estimate tire grip levels. There’s also a nifty four-wheel independent steering system, which can steer the rear tires in opposite directions from each other. As previously mentioned, wheel sizes increase from 20 to 21 inches with 275/35ZR21s up front and 315/35ZR21s in the rear. Buyers can choose between Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 or Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tires.

Ferrari only quotes a dry weight, that is, without the fluids necessary for driving, so we don’t know exactly what the 12Cilindri weighs. Dry weight for the coupe is 3,459 pounds and 3,571 pounds for the Spider. So count between 3,700 and 3,800 pounds ready to roll. Ferrari also claims that the 12Cilindri is 15% stiffer than the 812.

As expected, this Ferrari V-12 won’t come cheap. The 12Cilindri costs $423,000 (€395,000) for the coupe and $466,000 (€435,000) for the convertible. We also assume that the 12Cilindri is already sold out for years to come, as is the case with Ferraris. Especially Ferrari V-12s.

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