Ferrari F12 GTO Spied Testing in Maranello, Hybrid Power Rumors Surface Again

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Our spy photographers are never truly on holiday. For instance, they decided to spend this summer in Italy, but instead of heading to Capri, for instance, they decided to hang out in Maranello. That was an excellent choice, given the Ferrari F12 GTO spyshots they’ve just delivered.
As most of you know, the Prancing Horse is working on a mid-cycle update for the F12berlinetta and their efforts will include an even spicier version. When Ferrari did this with the 599 GTB, the F12’s predecessor, we ended up with the 599 GTO, so we’re expecting the three-letter badge to also show up on the F12. While Ferrari might use a different name for the more hardcore F12, its introduction is a certainty.

In fact, a set of images allegedly taken from a Ferrari configurator showed us the car in all its splendor and so did a leaked real-world picture. We’ve attached the images below, so there’s really no point in talking about what lies under the heavy camouflage in these spy shots.

A hybrid heart is a strong possibility

Seeing the Ferrari F12 GTO debuting with a hybrid powertrain is a strong possibility. The Prancing Horse is currently in the midst of an emission-reducing process that sees V8 going down the forced induction road and V12 receiving electric assistance while keeping their natural aspiration.

While the V8 category mentioned above has already brought us the California T and the 488 GTB pair, we have yet to see the way in which Ferrari engineers apply the lessons they’ve learned with the LaFerrari, as well as with the racing version of their halo car, the FXX K.

Still, we shouldn’t take the hybridization of the tentatively-named F12 GTO as a certainty. For one thing, the GTO version is aimed at offering a sharper experience and the extra weight brought by the electrical system doesn’t exactly help with this.

Regardless, Ferrari is reported to only produce 650 units of the spiced-up F12, which would account for 51 more compared to the 599 GTO production run. The first examples are expected to reach their owners in the first half of 2016, but we expect to find out more about this GT development soon.
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