Ferrari Spy Shots Capture Tweaked Roma Possibly Hiding V12 Engine

Ferrari is always working on something new, and we often see it long before its official debut as a disguised test vehicle. However, sometimes the car is so early in its development cycle that Ferrari has to hide it under a different model body. The automaker did this with the Purosangue, hid it with the Maserati Levante, and appears to be doing the same in this new spy shot of the modified Roma.

The coupe, which could be a replacement for the 812, wears a camouflage wrap, which hides some of the styling details. However, it cannot cover an elongated hood or a physically wider body. There seems to be some extra metal between the front wheels and the doors, a necessary change if the car is to accommodate the larger engine. Ferrari sells Roma with V8.

The wider body is visible around the wheels, sticking out further from the centerline of the car and hugging the larger wheels. Ferrari also revamped the front-end design, carving larger intakes into the outside of the lower bumper. Larger engines will require increased cooling capabilities.

But what needs cooling? We don’t know. In 2021, Ferrari’s technical boss revealed that the company had been working on a larger version of its naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine, which produced 830 horsepower (618 kilowatts) and 510 pound-feet (692 Newton-meters) of torque. in 2021. 812 Competitions. We haven’t seen the debut of this new bike yet. It is also possible that the powertrain will feature a mild hybrid system, and will pump out more than 800 hp (596 kW).

Whatever Ferrari is working on, don’t expect it to look like Roma. The model in development is likely to get its own body in 2023, although we expect Ferrari to do its best to hide the design under camouflage and cladding. Or it could be something else entirely. If it’s the successor to Ferrari’s 812, then it likely won’t arrive until 2024. The automaker may be turning to EVs, but Ferrari is trying to keep its V12 for as long as possible, and we’re looking forward to a next-generation version.

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