Meet the 819 Horsepower Ferrari 12Cilindri

May 13, 2024 9:30 PM

By: MPH Team

Since its debut in 1947, the V12 engine has remained a cornerstone of Ferrari's performance legacy. Just last week, Ferrari unveiled the 12Cilindri in Miami Beach to celebrate 70 years since the Italian marque was introduced to the American market. This striking two-seater berlinetta is one of the few remaining fully naturally aspirated (NA) V12 supercars left, boasting a modern design while commemorating Ferrari's rich history. The 12Cilindri not only pushes the boundaries of modern automotive engineering but also takes us back to a vanishing era of pure, unassisted engine power. In an industry increasingly dominated by hybrid and electric technologies, the 12Cilindri could represent one of the final NA V12 engines to emerge from Maranello.



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Exquisite Exterior Design


Ferrari has pushed the boundaries of design with the 12Cilindri, beautifully merging retro influences with modern aesthetics. The exterior design pays homage to historical models such as the iconic 365 GTB/4, also known as the Ferrari Daytona. At the same time, it incorporates contemporary elements like active aerodynamic flaps that add an exciting touch of modernism and sculpted air ducts that direct airflow to cool down the V12 engine and brakes.


The all-aluminum chassis is a key highlight of this masterpiece, enhancing handling by reducing weight and increasing torsional rigidity by 15% compared to its predecessor, the 812 Superfast. With an advanced independent steering system and optimized Side Slip Control, you are guaranteed precision and agility on every drive.




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Interior Craftsmanship


Inside, you'll find an evolved cabin layout influenced by other modern Ferraris like the Roma and Purosangue. With its state-of-the-art 15.6-inch driver display and a central touchscreen, it exemplifies luxury and technological sophistication.


The cabin is also equipped with a top-tier Burmester audio system that delivers crystal clear sound quality for an immersive driving experience. Modern conveniences such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging come standard alongside a seven-year maintenance plan for added peace of mind.


Every detail has been meticulously crafted to create a comfortable driving environment:


- Premium Materials: The use of carbon fiber, leather, and Alcantara® adds a touch of sophistication to every surface.

- Driver-Centric Controls: Thoughtfully designed interfaces that prioritize ease of use, allowing drivers to effortlessly interact with various vehicle systems.

- Digital Instrumentation: High-definition displays that provide real-time information about the car's performance, ensuring drivers stay connected to the road.




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Engineering Brilliance


At the heart of the 12Cilindri lies a formidable 6.5-liter V12 engine, dubbed the F140HD, which outputs an impressive 819 horsepower. This naturally aspirated powerhouse is free of turbocharging and hybrid systems, offering a pure, unadulterated driving experience.


The engine boasts a significant 500 lb-ft of torque at a high 7,250 RPM, with a screaming redline at 9,500 RPM. This setup ensures that the 12Cilindri delivers an explosive performance, capable of achieving 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, and reaching a top speed of over 211 mph.


Initially, the engineering team faced significant challenges in complying with stringent emissions and noise regulations, which have become increasingly tough. The car's exhaust system is designed to meet a 72dB noise limit, reducing the external sound output to adhere to harsher noise restrictions. Consequently, engineers have focused on enhancing the auditory experience inside the cabin, channeling the rich, quintessential V12 sonics directly to the driver and passengers. This design choice positions the 12Cilindri as a more introspective vehicle, prioritizing the in-cabin experience over external showmanship, making it somewhat less of a crowd-pleaser but more indulgent for the enthusiast behind the wheel.




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Performance Enhancements


The introduction of an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox complements the raw power of the V12 engine. It shifts gears 30% faster than its predecessor, ensuring that the 12Cilindri is as quick as it is powerful.


The vehicle's handling is further refined by state-of-the-art aerodynamics and tire technology. New tire sizes developed specifically for this model enhance grip, stability, and comfort to ensure unparalleled drivability.

Unleash Your Inner Racer


Every component of the 12Cilindri has been meticulously designed to reduce weight and inertia. Innovations such as titanium connecting rods and lightweight aluminum alloy pistons decrease the engine's rotating mass by a staggering 40%, enhancing its responsiveness.


A new exhaust system incorporating a ceramic catalytic converter and 6-into-1 exhaust manifolds optimize airflow while enriching the engine's sound for a visceral driving experience.



Razor-sharp Steering Response


With precise chassis tuning and steering response that can only be described as razor-sharp, the Ferrari 12Cilindri promises an exhilarating ride every single time. Whether you're zipping through city streets or making your way down winding mountain roads, this supercar never fails to impress with its handling capabilities.





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Own a Legend in the Making


The latest flagship model from Ferrari is expected to launch sometime this year with a base price of around $425,000. The Spider variant is slated for release in late 2024, with an anticipated price of about $468,000. While the 12Cilindri is likely backordered for some time, dreaming about the V12 wonder won’t cost you a thing. 


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