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This is Ferrari’s new front-engined V12 flagship

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Dan Prosser | Ti co-founder


3 May 2024

Retro isn’t the right word, but the new 12Cilindri is almost certainly the most… reflective series production Ferrari of the Flavio Manzoni design era. The replacement for the 812 Superfast and Ferrari’s new front-engined V12 flagship has been inspired by the marque’s GT cars of the 1950s and ’60s.

The clearest nod to the past is the contrasting panel running the width of the car’s nose, linking the headlights – pure 365 GTB/4 Daytona.

Unlike the models that came before it, their forms complex and sculpted as much as anything by the flow of air, the Ferrari 12Cilindri has a cleaner, simpler and perhaps more timeless look. To me it’s utterly sensational. The long, low nose, the prominent rear haunches, the aggressively cab-backward proportions and the ultra-slim lights front and rear make this, I think, the most elegant front-engined V12 Ferrari since the 550 Maranello.

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