At first glance, Ferrari’s V12 heart might make for a somewhat controversial entrant in the 2018 New Engine category. After all, the Prancing Horse has had, in one form or another, a V12 for many years, with the 6.3 12-cylinder base consistently picking up the Above 4-liter Award of late (2013, 2015 and 2016).
But how was this latest V12 interpretation allowed to run for the much coveted New Engine title, perhaps the second most important IEOTYA gong after the overall award? One simple answer: because it’s essentially an all-new engine.
Not only has there been a jump in displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres, but this latest atmo offering from Maranello features 75% new parts, deeming it absolutely worthy to compete in this all-important group.
And with it driving 812 Superfast, Ferrari’s most powerful and fastest road-going car yet (if you don’t include the mid-rear-engined limitedseries specials), it’s easy to see why this naturally aspirated work of engineering art literally blew away the new engine competition for 2018. “The power, the noise – there’s simply nothing like a high-revving naturally aspirated V12,” enthused Motor Trend ’s Angus MacKenzie, one of many judges to give the 812 Superfast pusher top points.
Developing some 60ps more than the 6.2 found in the F12 Berlinetta, the 6,496cc unit drops a staggering 800ps at 8,900rpm, 200 revs more than the ‘smaller’ outgoing V12 tops out at. There’s also 718Nm torque at 7,000rpm, bettering Berlinetta’s 690Nm at 6,000rpm, with some 80% torque now available at 3,500rpm.
Those blistering performance figures go hand-in-hand with an atmo howl like no other and some impressive technical measures. Engineering highlights include an advanced intake system designed to ensure optimised plenum and wider throttle valves, and – for the first time on a spark ignition engine – the use of a 350-bar DI system developed by Bosch. There are also new highpressure pumps, pressure sensors, crankshaft, con-rods and piston design.