Ferrari F12 GTO Leaks via Configurator Images, Are They Real?

Ferrari F12 GTO Leaked Photo 3 photos
Photo: autogespot
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While it was obvious we wouldn't have to wait until the official unveiling at this fall's Frankfurt Motor Show to see the Ferrari F12 GTO, we weren't expecting the evolution of the F12 to show up so soon.
The two images we have here give us a pretty good look at the F12 GTO, showing both the front and the rear of the spiced-up Grand Tourer. Of course, before diving deeper into the details, we have to add the mandatory grain of salt.

The pics, which surfaced via Autogespot, appear to have arrived via Ferrari's configurator. In fact, the source mentions this is the customer-only version of the configurator, which isn't available online. The explanation given here is that one of the clients dared to break the no-pics rule, photographing the screen. Sure, this could also be a Photoshop job, but we'll have to wait and see.

Now that the California has gained a "T" at the end of its designation and the 458 Italia has become the 488 GTB, it's time for the F12 range-topper to receive its mid-cycle update.

The wrap covering the car

For the moment, we can't even be sure about the GTO nameplate, but this seems likely. On one hand, the Prancing Horse has used it for retro models, such as the original 250 GTO, while more modern proposals also made use of it, with the successor of the car we see here, the 599 GTO, being the best example here.

If the photos are real, talking about Ferrari's inspiration for the visual changes makes sense. Up front, we see the influences from the multitude of special and one-off projects Maranello has been handling over the last few years - the smiling mouth, which has been criticised by some, has made room for a more technical approach.

Nevertheless, the beefier fenders, along with rear end details such as the vented fenders, bring the car closer to the silhouette of the cherished 250 GTO. As for that uterus-like rear apron, the new styling does away with such details.

We haven't gotten our eyes on the cabin yet, but you should expect changes in areas such as the infotainment, where the Apple CarPlay interface will be introduced.

The tech side

As far as the technical side of the update is concerned, we are happy to remind you Ferrari is keeping its V12s naturally aspirated for now. Fret not power afficionados, an ouput premium is coming, but this will be delivered through an HY-KERS non-plug-in-hybrid such as the one developed for the LaFerrari. As a result, the F12 GTO should deliver about 800 hp.

The Italians are only expected to produce 650 units of the evolved F12, with deliveries set to begin in Spring next year. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is already the most refined GT on the market, so we can't wait to meet its freshened-up incarnation.
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