Naturally Aspirated Ferrari V12 Engine To Soldier On

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Ever since the 125 S from 1947, Ferrari has always been about V12 engines. For almost seven decades now, the 12-cylinder powerplant with “Ferrari” lettering stamped into it has been a freely aspirated affair. In these times of ever-stringent emissions regulations and in comparison to its rivals at Porsche and McLaren, Prancing Horse won’t wave goodbye to natural aspiration.
At least that’s what German publication Autobild suggests in an article titled Ferrari-Neuheiten bis 2019. In the photo gallery-based story, the publication presents and speculates about the future of the brand up to 2019.

In chronological order, the newities are the LaFerrari Aperta (due in 2017), 488 GTB Speciale (2017), all-new California (2017), all-new GTC4 Lusso (2018), Ferrari 488 Speciale Aperta (2018), and a front-engined model that will replace the F12 berlinetta, which is due in calendar year 2019.

In the final slide of the article, Autobild tells that the F12 berlinetta’s next-in-line will be powered by an atmospheric V12. Intriguingly, displacement will continue to be 6.3 liters. Thus, the cited publication suggests that the F140 type V12 mill will keep calm and carry on as a naturally aspirated unit. Speculation aside, this is a doable prospect when you think about it.

Reflect on the Ferrari brand in 2016. The lower echelons are powered by F154 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, while the F12 berlinetta, F12 tdf, GTC4 Lusso, and the LaFerrari hypercar are motivated by the almighty F140 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12, the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in a road car. This is a balance that allows the Prancing Horse to keep the N/A V12 alive.

Another way Ferrari keeps the V12 flame alive is mild hybrid technology. Thanks to an electric motor and a Formula 1-inspired KERS system for short bursts of additional get-up-and-go, the LaFerrari hypercar beggars belief how quick it is. And besides the jaw-dropping go-faster credentials, the Ferrari LaFerrari's mild hybridization also keeps the eco-mentalists happy.

My two cents go on the survival of the naturally aspirated Ferrari V12 engine, at least as an "In your face!" directed to Porsche and McLaren.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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