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We Hear: Lighter, More Powerful Ferrari F12 Speciale on the Way

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/27/2015 Erick Ayapana

Ferrari is reportedly working on a special version of its flagship F12 Berlinetta supercar. According to Autocar, the folks at Maranello are developing a F12 Speciale, a more powerful and lighter version of the standard F12 Berlinetta.

Following in the footsteps of the 458 Speciale, the F12 Speciale will reportedly shed up to 440 pounds compared to the Berlinetta. That’s a significant amount of poundage, especially considering the Berlinetta’s hefty curb weight of approximately 4,000 pounds. It’s also more than double the weight Ferrari slashed from the 458 Speciale. The report suggests the F12 Speciale will sport lighter wheels, thinner windows, and will be stripped of non-essential luxury goodies. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Of course the Speciale treatment will include a boost in power. The F12 Berlinetta already makes a healthy 731 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque from its naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12, but the Speciale model is rumored to make at least 30 more horses, improving its power-to-weight ratio and possibly improving its 0-60 mph time to the low three-second range or below. That said, the added aerodynamic aides could reduce the F12’s current top speed of 211 mph.

Like the 458 Speciale, the F12 Speciale will be a full-on production model offered alongside the F12 Berlinetta. Autocar estimates that the Speciale treatment will cost approxiatemly $50,000 more than the Berlinetta, which starts at around $320,000.

One obvious competitor would be the 2016 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, the lighter and more powerful version of Lambo’s flagship that makes 741 hp and lapped the Nürburgring in less than 7 minutes. Look for Ferrari to unveil the F12 Speciale no later than the upcoming Geneva auto show next March.

Source: Autocar

Images are of the F12 Berlinetta.

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