Ferrari 12Cilindri: Maranello’s New V12 Berlinetta for Performance Connoisseurs

Since 1947, one thing that has consistently captivated Prancing Horse enthusiasts: the naturally-aspirated, mid-front-mounted V12—the very first Ferrari engine to roar through Maranello’s gates. Ferrari has now unveiled the 12Cilindri against the spectacular backdrop of Miami Beach, marking the brand’s 70th anniversary of its American debut. This new marvel embodies Ferrari’s unwavering powertrain philosophy, seamlessly evolving while honoring its original DNA and core values.

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Inspired by the iconic Grand Tourers of the 1950s and ’60s, the Ferrari 12Cilindri epitomizes the front-mounted V12 two-seater ethos, seamlessly blending elegance, versatility, and performance. It continues this prestigious bloodline, setting new benchmarks in performance, comfort, and design. Its silhouette exudes sportiness and refinement, boasting integrated active aerodynamics, a front-hinged bonnet, and signature twin tailpipes.

Under the hood, the Ferrari 12Cilindri houses the latest iteration of the legendary V12, delivering 830 cv and revving to an exhilarating 9500 rpm. With 80% of torque available at just 2500 rpm, its power is instantly accessible, ensuring relentless acceleration and a boundless sense of power.

Inside, the cockpit offers unparalleled comfort for both driver and passenger, enhanced by a glass roof, premium materials, and multiple displays. Designed for driving enthusiasts and those seeking unparalleled performance and design, the 12Cilindri caters to longstanding Ferraristi and newcomers alike, embodying Ferrari’s enduring allure—a car truly crafted for the discerning few.

From its breathtaking performance to its meticulously crafted sound signature, the Ferrari 12Cilindri embodies the essence of Ferrari’s soul, delivering an unparalleled driving experience for enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.


2024 Ferrari 12Cilindri Front Quarter

The Ferrari 12Cilindri is powered by the F140HD engine, the latest iteration of Ferrari’s iconic naturally-aspirated V12, embodying the essence of Ferrari’s heritage. With its unmatched performance, captivating soundtrack, and exclusivity, it stands as a worthy successor to the legendary berlinetta sports cars that have defined Ferrari’s legacy. Boasting up to 830 cv and a max rev limit of 9500 rpm, achieved through innovative engineering solutions, this engine sets new standards in performance.

Enhanced with modified components and software inspired by the special series 812 Competizione, the F140HD engine excels in its class. Titanium con rods and lightweight pistons reduce rotating mass by 40%, while a rebalanced crankshaft further enhances efficiency. Derived from Ferrari’s Formula 1 expertise, the valvetrain features sliding finger followers coated with Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC), reducing friction and optimizing mechanical efficiency.

Focused on optimizing torque delivery across all conditions, the engine delivers smooth, seamless response, reaching peak power at the red line. Each modification contributes to an exhilarating driving experience, ensuring the Ferrari 12Cilindri remains true to Ferrari’s legacy of performance excellence.

The redesigned manifold and plenum layout of the Ferrari 12Cilindri are now exceptionally compact. By shortening the length of the tracts and optimizing the cam profiles, power is unleashed at high revs, while a system of variable geometry inlet tracts ensures the torque curve is optimized across all engine speeds. This innovative design continuously varies the length of the intake tract to maximize the dynamic charge in the cylinder, enhancing performance and responsiveness.

In a groundbreaking move for naturally-aspirated engines, an innovative software strategy has been developed to adjust the maximum torque available based on the selected gear. This technology provides a smooth, progressive pickup as the transmission ratio increases, enhancing the driving experience unique to the Ferrari 12Cilindri.

Ferrari’s signature V12 acceleration and power delivery reach new heights with the introduction of Aspirated Torque Shaping (ATS). This sophisticated electronic control system allows engineers to sculpt the torque curve in third and fourth gears without compromising acceleration, enhancing driving pleasure. The implementation of new gear ratios further maintains high acceleration levels and enables engineers to define a new torque curve shape for an aspirated engine.

Efforts to optimize the engine’s mechanical efficiency and lubrication circuit are crucial for delivering blistering performance and fuel efficiency. The variable displacement oil pump is calibrated to circulate oil throughout the entire engine, with a solenoid valve controlling the pump’s displacement based on engine revs and pressure. This ensures only the necessary amount of oil is delivered, saving energy while minimizing losses and optimizing functionality across all conditions.

The gasoline direct injection system (GDI) boasts two petrol pumps, four rails with pressure sensors, and electronic injectors capable of up to three injections per engine cycle. Constant monitoring by the engine control unit (ECU) ensures peak thermodynamic efficiency, adjusting combustion in the chamber based on the fuel’s octane rating to prevent knocking.

The advanced exhaust system of the Ferrari 12Cilindri incorporates a ceramic catalytic converter coupled with a particulate filter to meet the latest emissions requirements. Extensive calibration of software strategies ensures compliance with EU6E, China 6b, and Bin 50 standards, representing a pinnacle of emissions-reduction technology.

Ensuring an unparalleled auditory experience is integral to complementing the comfort, luxury, and exhilarating driving emotions synonymous with a Ferrari V12. Every aspect of the intake and exhaust lines has been meticulously optimized to achieve this goal. From equal-length exhaust tracts to the innovative 6-in-1 manifold for each cylinder bank, these refinements result in the distinctive V12 howl, encompassing all noble combustion orders. The seamless integration and precise calibration of high and low frequencies from the intake and exhaust systems respectively further enhance the engine’s timbre. Additionally, the design of ducts and internal fluid dynamics of silencer baffles minimize backpressure, improving power delivery and ensuring the purest notes of the signature Ferrari sound resonate all the way to the limiter.

To ensure a perfectly balanced soundtrack within the cabin, modifications were made to the intake tract. Altering the position of resonators changed pressure waves, enriching the sound across a wider range, especially in middle frequencies. The result is a cleaner, fuller sound in all driving conditions, particularly during spirited driving.

The Ferrari 12Cilindri Spider features the acclaimed 8-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission), praised on other models like the SF90 Stradale. With larger tires on 21” rims, this transmission delivers 5% shorter gear ratios in lower gears and a 12% increase in torque at the wheels compared to previous V12 applications. This enhances longitudinal performance during acceleration and improves gear shifting times by 30% compared to previous two-seat V12 applications.

Acceleration through the gears has been significantly enhanced, and the introduction of the 8th gear improves range during motorway driving. The eight-speed DCT not only improves efficiency but also enhances engagement across all gears, delivering an elevated driving experience.


2024 Ferrari 12Cilindri Rear Top

With the Ferrari 12Cilindri, Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Styling Centre design team embarked on a mission to revolutionize the aesthetic principles of Ferrari’s previous mid-front-engined V12 models. This car signifies a notable departure from the sculptural language that defined the 812 Competizione, opting instead for a more refined approach while maintaining the essential formal design discipline to achieve stylistic coherence.

The car’s design is characterized by clean lines that emphasize the interconnected volumes, creating a seamless whole. The sleek flanks flow gracefully from a dihedral section, maintaining Ferrari’s signature sensuality but with precise geometric sculpting. The rear wing strikes a balance between imposing muscularity and geometric precision, while the front wing extends subtly along the flank, enhancing the car’s monolithic aesthetic.

The sculpted bonnet seamlessly integrates with the front wings, presenting a smooth, uninterrupted surface that exudes muscularity. Eliminating cut lines from the wings enhances the design’s fluidity, interrupted only by two vents for engine bay cooling. The front design deviates from traditional elements, opting for geometries and intersections innate to the car’s design, with headlights integrated into a single wraparound band featuring blade-like daytime running lights.

A similar design approach extends to the rear architecture, where rigorous volume subtraction shapes the taillights into a blade that traverses the concave rear section. This design element serves as a signature theme, showcasing the Ferrari Styling Centre’s ability to harmonize technical and functional demands with aesthetic beauty.

Rather than incorporating a rear spoiler, the designers integrated two active flaps into the rear screen, creating a distinctive delta theme. This seamless integration creates a perception of high-tech sophistication. The development of this concept influenced the treatment of the cabin, with surface frames traced in body color to echo the rear screen theme and blend seamlessly with the rest of the cabin, characterized by a black screen effect.

The tail section features a clean, monolithic volume in body color, with a lower section in black or carbon fiber housing prominent diffuser keels. The body appears to float over these elements, which also accommodate sensors and two twin tailpipes. The redesigned tailpipes feature a metal surround to minimize their perceived size and create a more compact aesthetic.


2024 Ferrari 12Cilindri Interior

The interior design of the Ferrari 12Cilindri is characterized by three distinct levels, each meticulously crafted to enhance both aesthetics and functionality. The first level, dominated by the upper dash, seamlessly extends into the door panel trim. Moving to the central area and then to the footwells and seats, each level is defined by carefully chosen color and material combinations, offering a blend of elegance and sportiness. In a nod to environmental sustainability, the cabin features extensive use of materials like Alcantara, which incorporates 65% recycled polyester, alongside Ferrari’s signature luxury and performance.

Inspired by Ferrari’s dual-cockpit architecture, as seen in models like the Ferrari Roma and Purosangue, the Ferrari 12Cilindri’s cabin boasts a symmetrical layout designed to provide unparalleled comfort and engagement for both driver and passenger.

The dashboard stretches horizontally, with distinct binnacles for driver and passenger instrumentation and climate control vents. A graceful transition between trimmed volumes and technical functions enhances the sense of spaciousness. The central tunnel panels extend outward from the dashboard, featuring sculptural elements and contrasting materials that add a touch of sophistication. The incorporation of luxury materials and metallic accents further elevates the interior ambiance.

Improving onboard comfort was a priority during the Ferrari 12Cilindri’s development. A generously-sized tinted glass roof enhances cabin airiness and thermal efficiency, seamlessly integrated into the upper cabin area for a refined appearance and uninterrupted visual flow.

The Ferrari 12Cilindri introduces a cutting-edge Human Machine Interface (HMI) comprising three displays. A central 10.25” touchscreen capacitive display allows intuitive control of main functions, complemented by a 15.6” driver display providing comprehensive driving and vehicle dynamics information. Additionally, an 8.8” display ensures the passenger remains fully engaged in the driving experience.

The car features a capacitive steering wheel with indented buttons for precise and intuitive command activation, even in dynamic driving conditions. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity systems are easily accessible via the central display, with wireless phone charging provided on the central tunnel.

For audiophiles, an optional high-end audio system developed with Burmester delivers an immersive experience with 15 loudspeakers and 1600 W of power. Crystal-clear high frequencies and rich bass ensure a captivating 360-degree listening experience, enhancing the overall driving pleasure.


2024 Ferrari 12Cilindri Side

The primary goal of the Ferrari 12Cilindri’s aerodynamics was to achieve a balance between understated elegance and uncompromising performance. Two distinctive features define the tail section: a 25-mm nolder on the boot lid and active aero components. The nolder ensures necessary recompression for aero efficiency during minimal drag, while the active flaps offer two configurations: Low Drag (LD) and High Downforce (HD).

In the LD setting, the flaps sit flush with the bodywork, allowing uninterrupted airflow over the car, rendering them virtually invisible to the flow. This configuration remains until speeds of 60 km/h, where downforce is less critical, and beyond 300 km/h. However, between these speeds, downforce becomes crucial, and the flaps adjust based on longitudinal and lateral acceleration. When in HD mode, the Ferrari 12Cilindri maximizes downforce, ensuring aerodynamic equilibrium.

Efficient vertical load generation is optimized by the underbody design, which also manages airflow from the central radiators. Louvres in the central underbody opening minimize the impact of less energized hot air, while additional louvres behind the front wheels reduce overpressure in the engine compartment, enhancing radiator efficiency and increasing downforce.

Similar to the 812 Competizione, the front underbody features three pairs of vortex generators, strategically positioned to generate downforce and contribute to brake cooling by directing lower-temperature air from the front splitter.

The central underbody channels airflow efficiently to preserve energy for the rear diffuser. The transmission tunnel opening is minimized to balance airflow, while a raised section ahead of the rear wheel deflects airflow towards the rear and shields the tires.

At the rear, vortex generators aid in downforce generation and guide airflow towards the extractor. Reflecting Ferrari’s commitment to integrating racing innovations into road cars, an air inlet near the rear fence provides ventilation for the silencer’s electronics.


2024 Ferrari 12Cilindri Front

To meet the demanding heat dissipation requirements of the engine and ancillaries, a comprehensive redesign of the Ferrari 12Cilindri’s cooling system was necessary. This redesign focused on optimizing front underbody evacuation, resulting in the integration of seven openings in the front bumper.

The space between the longitudinal elements of the chassis now accommodates the engine coolant radiator and air conditioning circuit condenser, both fed by the central opening. Additionally, the oil radiator has been divided into two separate elements positioned ahead of the front wheels. The two side air intakes have been segmented: the outer section is dedicated to cooling the engine oil radiator, while the inner portion is designed for brake cooling.

A dedicated brake cooling duct benefits from two openings: one situated between the radiator intakes and another located on the lower part of the front splitter. This system is intricately linked to the oil radiator intake to ensure optimal routing of the front brake intakes. Framing the side intakes is an L-shaped element crafted to maximize airflow while effectively guiding it along the car’s flanks.

Two vents on the bonnet facilitate the exit of air from the engine bay, reducing overpressure and enhancing cooling efficiency. This design refinement allows for fewer openings on the underbody, optimizing downforce generation. Additionally, a vent on the wing behind the front wheels expels air from the wheel arch, mitigating overpressure on the underbody caused by the cooling ducts for the brakes and front diffusers.


At the forefront of front-engined berlinetta dynamic controls, the Ferrari 12Cilindri incorporates cutting-edge technology. The implementation of brake-by-wire enables the integration of recent innovations from the Ferrari lineup, such as the ABS Evo system, first seen on the 296 GTB. Coupled with the 6D sensor, this setup enhances the precision of the Virtual Short Wheelbase (PCV) 3.0 and Side Slip Control (SSC) 8.0 systems, resulting in reduced braking distances and improved repeatability.

Introducing Aspirated Torque Shaping, a novel control logic, further refines the smooth power delivery of the iconic naturally-aspirated engine through electronic management.

The SSC 8.0 represents a significant evolution of Ferrari’s control unit, facilitating seamless communication among various systems to optimize overall performance. It harmonizes with the Ferrari 12Cilindri’s controllers, creating synergy with the new ABS Evo.

This proprietary system has been fine-tuned to enhance accuracy and learning speed, improving control even on low-grip surfaces. By integrating grip recognition logic, the vehicle can estimate tyre-road grip levels more effectively, not only at the limit but also under normal driving conditions, accelerating the system’s adaptation to real-world scenarios.

Featuring four-wheel independent steering (4WS) pioneered in the 812 Competizione special series, the Ferrari 12Cilindri enhances yaw management and responsiveness during rapid directional changes. Innovative mechanical characteristics of the rear-wheel steering improve precision, resulting in faster axle response times and enhanced cornering agility.

The vehicle’s near-ideal weight distribution, with 48.4% at the front and 51.6% at the rear, combined with a 20-mm reduction in wheelbase compared to the 812 Superfast, ensures optimum handling and responsiveness, further elevating the driving experience.


For the Ferrari 12Cilindri, two tire options are available: the Michelin Pilot Sport S5 and the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport, both specially developed in a new size for Ferrari: 275/35ZR21 at the front and 315/35ZR21 at the rear. Development involved a combination of physical and virtual testing, leveraging simulator sessions to minimize the need for physical prototypes and thereby reducing development times.

Performance enhancements stem from the integration of cutting-edge technologies, including advancements in compounds, tread design, and casing characteristics. Rigorous testing has resulted in improved dry grip, balanced performance, stability at the limit, and enhanced wet weather capabilities. Moreover, both internal and external comfort and noise characteristics have been refined, accompanied by a notable 10% reduction in rolling resistance compared to prior Ferrari front-engined V12 berlinetta applications.


2024 Ferrari 12Cilindri Rear

The Ferrari 12Cilindri introduces a brand-new all-aluminium chassis, boasting a 20-mm shorter wheelbase compared to its predecessor, the 812 Superfast. This redesign focused extensively on refining the geometry of key cast components like the shock towers and A and C pillars. The aim was to enhance torsional rigidity while simultaneously reducing overall weight.

Atop this new chassis sits a greenhouse engineered to deliver exceptional NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) performance and safety standards. The streamlined load lines not only contribute to improved stiffness without adding extra weight, but also ensure cleaner aesthetics. This meticulous approach resulted in a remarkable 15% increase in torsional rigidity over the 812 Superfast, translating into more predictable dynamics and heightened suspension precision. Additionally, a greater reliance on castings has reduced the need for extruded components during assembly, streamlining the manufacturing process for increased efficiency.

In a notable first for Ferrari production cars, the gearbox subframe’s shock towers incorporate a secondary alloy crafted from 100% recycled material. This innovative addition enables a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions – approximately 146 kg of CO2 per vehicle. Despite its eco-friendly composition, extensive development efforts ensured that this recycled alloy maintains identical mechanical characteristics to its non-recycled counterpart, leveraging subtle differences in chemical composition. Rigorous testing validated the performance of this new alloy, affirming its excellence in both static and dynamic conditions, including fatigue and crash tests.


2024 Ferrari 12Cilindri Seats

Ferrari’s unwavering commitment to quality and client satisfaction is exemplified by the comprehensive seven-year maintenance program offered with the Ferrari 12Cilindri. This extended service, available across the entire Ferrari lineup, encompasses all routine maintenance tasks for the first seven years of the vehicle’s life.

This exclusive program provides owners with the assurance that their vehicle will receive top-tier care to maintain peak performance and safety standards over time. Notably, this exceptional service is also extendable to individuals purchasing pre-owned Ferraris.

Under the Genuine Maintenance Programme, scheduled maintenance—including services at intervals of either 20,000 km or once annually with no mileage restrictions—is performed by expert technicians trained directly at the Ferrari Training Centre in Maranello. Utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, these professionals conduct meticulous inspections and utilize original spare parts to ensure optimal performance and reliability.

Accessible on a global scale, the Genuine Maintenance Programme is available through all Official Dealerships within the Ferrari network, providing unparalleled support and peace of mind to Ferrari owners worldwide.


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