People buy Ferrari cars not just because a Ferrari badge is bolted on their hood. Instead they buy Ferrari cars because they’re usually the fastest cars in their respective classes. This was the case with the F12berlinetta and eventually the limited edition F12tdf. The two, despite not being the most powerful, offered some of the fastest laps ever seen on a production car. This is no longer the case so naturally Ferrari is working on a successor. This has been dubbed as the 2017 Ferrari F12 M. The car has been seen testing a few times so far. At first is was nothing more than just an F12 test mule. Things changed and the latest prototype was fully camouflaged.
Despite being completely covered, it seems that the car is not an all new model like we first thought. Ferrari will eventually release a new model by the end of 2020. Until then, the F12 M is actually a redesign similar to what the GTC4Lusso was to the FF.
The car is expected to be released at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show and Ferrari should start deliveries quite soon. The price is still unknown but it is expected to cost more than the $330,000 sticker price of the F12berlinetta.
2017 Ferrari F12 M design
It seems that the 2017 Ferrari F12 M is quite similar to the older model. Even though it has been extensively covered, we can see some design traits. In fact it seems that Ferrari has been inspired by their GTC4Lusso.
In the front the F12 M seems to boast a similar large air intake in its bumper, very similar headlights and even a similar splitter. The rear of the car boasts round headlights which seem to be mostly identical to those on the regular F12. Some of the active aerodynamic features seen on the tdf might also be used here as well.
Inside the cabin
Here the upcoming F12 M should also borrow quite a bit from the four-seats Ferrari. The dashboard will more than likely get the same dual-screen layout as its sibling. The instrument cluster will be completely replaced by a digital one while the center stack should feature a wide touch-screen that will control most of the car’s functions. These should increase the car’s ease of use and they should make it nicer to drive as well.
Under the hood
This is one of the largest unknown factors about the 2017 Ferrari F12 M. So far they haven’t released a single piece of information about what engine the car will feature. Most rumors suggest it will continue to use a 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12, the same as before.
However, it will be tweaked to provide closer to 770 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Its seven speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox will likely be further tweaked to make better use of the engine’s power curve. The car will continue to be rear wheel drive and with the help of Ferrari’s great “simulated wheelbase” system, it should also be incredibly fast. This system will actively steer the rear wheels in order to make the car feel like it has a shorter or longer wheelbase depending on the cornering conditions.
Is the V12 going to be discontinued? This has been asked by numerous people and so far the question remained unanswered. There is no doubt about the fact Ferrari needs to meet the latest emissions and fuel consumption standards so a V12 simply won’t cut it. While this is not really true for now, we are sure Ferrari will do something about it in preparation for the future. A twin-turbocharged V8 might be installed under the hood of the F12 M. This is nothing but a rumor at this point but this type of engine could easily be tuned to make well over 700 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque which is considerably more than some of its rivals.