At a time when all manufacturers have invested so much time and money in the electrification of their catalogs, Ferrari is considering keeping its V12. The Prancing Horse firm has a plan to continue using its mechanical cathedral.
Like Lamborghini, Ferrari is fighting to protect its V12. But increasingly stringent regulations on CO2 emissions are making this more and more difficult. The Italian government is fighting to keep internal combustion engines alive, but meanwhile, Ferrari is already embracing electrification with its new hybrid supercar, the V6-powered 296 GTB. The Italian automaker’s first all-electric model will also hit the market in 2025. But that doesn’t mean the Ferrari V12 is dead. Ferrari is reportedly considering extending the life of its venerable 12-cylinder engine by adding a turbocharger. According to our colleagues from Carscoops, the engine capacity of the Ferrari V12 will also decrease… no more than 6.5 liters!
Adopting supercharging will improve the performance and efficiency of the V12. While that risks taking away the hum of the atmospheric block, it’s a logical step if you look at Ferrari’s history. The Prancing Horse has already moved from naturally aspirated V8s to bi-turbo V8s, and the performance gains of the 488 GTB and F8 Tributo are no longer proven. Currently the most powerful V12-engined Cavallino is the 812 Competizione with 830 horsepower. Ferrari boss Michael Leiters has hinted that Ferrari is currently developing a more powerful V12.
Once a V12, always a V12
Potentially, if current rumors are true, it could mean that the Purosangue (future Ferrari SUV) and its 812 Superfast successor could be powered by a turbocharged V12. Nothing is official yet, so all this information should be taken with a grain of salt.
But Ferrari engineers have told our American colleagues at CarBuzz that Ferrari will never use hybrid technology just to keep the V12 alive and meet CO2 emissions regulations. Ferrari’s electric V12 would be reserved for the new hypercar intended to replace the LaFerrari. These plans may have changed since then. Regardless, Ferrari is determined to keep its V12 in the catalog for as long as possible because it represents the “heart of Ferrari” in the words of the company’s marketing director, Enrico Galliera.