Ferrari Daytona SP3 review: the most powerful engine in horse history

Ferrari decided to shoot his high end with the series Iconbased on the racing prototypes of the 1960s. Ferrari Daytona SP3 test drive reveals the crown jewel of this trident, also composed of the Monza SP1 and SP2.

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And supercar in whose heart beats a 6.5 liter V12 F140HB 65º naturally aspirated enginethe same block also carries the Ferrari 812 Competition. Next to him, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. ¿Es hybrid? Not in Maranello they wanted to give it a breath of air infused with the smell of old school.

Engine and power of the Ferrari Daytona SP3

The city Block V12 received a intake system upgrade by means of two ducts with lung-shaped manifolds for each bank of cylinders, which aims to generate greater power at high revs and take advantage of the variable geometry intake trumpets to modulate the torque curve.

Your rev limit is at 9,500 rpmand generate 840 HP and 697 Nm of maximum torque up to over 7,000 rpm. An outrage that leads to this Ferrari Daytona SP3 accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.85 seconds and reach a top speed of 340 km/h.

A non-hybrid replacement for the The Ferrari? In Maranello they will swear not, but for practical reasons it could be. Beyond the obvious changes to the chassis, power unit and bodywork. In fact, it matches the iconic sports car launched in 2013 in 0-100km/h, although it falls a bit short in terms of top speed.

design and interior

segment Icon to which the Ferrari Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 belong (which differ only in the number of seats they have) is based on the sports prototypes which triumphed in the 60s. Now it joins these two small Daytona SP3with a design clearly inspired by Ferrari P-Series.

On February 6, 1967, they stood up in the 24 Hours of Daytona with a legendary treble thanks to Ferrari 330 P3/3the 330 P4 and one Ferrari 412P. A home win Ford with all three Italian racing cars crossing the finish line at the same time. A little revenge on what happened a few months before in Le Mans

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In any case, the Daytona SP3 retains the spirit of these cars. A long hood with a largely glazed cabin and in the shape of a drop of water, some pronounced fins above the hood and tailgate line and a fluid aerodynamics which evokes speed.

To this must be added very modern elements such as the separator front, the curved sills, the large rear diffuser or a really funny rear bumperwith a multitude of horizontal sections accompanied by fine optics connected by a infinite LEDs undress.

In the interior we encounter, first of all, butterfly doors. The cockpit is made of carbon fiber with bucket seats futuristic style, sheathed in alcantara fabric and incredible comfort.

Once seated, everything around you is glass. You’re stuck in the bowels of the car, with a adjustable steering wheel and an sliding crankset as you like. We haven’t been to a 1960s Ferrari prototype, but someone who told us that for practical reasons the Daytona produces the same feeling.

oh and take targa roof. If you want to be dazzled by the light of the sky and the wind, five clips will free it and you can store it where it suits you best. We let it be, because the climate of the region where we drove the car, the surroundings of Spa-Francorchampswas not particularly favorable.

Driving the Ferrari Daytona SP3

We’ve heard some amazing things lately, like the twin-turbo V6 engine from Ferrari 296 GTB, but the replacement of the 12 pistons is impossible. No turbo or electric. When starting, the tachometer oscillates around 2500 rpm and briefly lights up up to 9,500 rpm.

Some would say it’s purely technical, but perhaps Ferrari’s intention is to take your breath away at this exact moment. the sound is special: A low intake gurgle when you’re in the car, and a high-pitched gurgle when you’re outside.

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We left for the Ferrari Daytona SP3 test drive. The address it’s as hyperactive as you’d expect from a modern Ferrari. After being surrounded by very worried executives, engineers and shirted technicians, we found ourselves at the end of the day catapulting the engine to full throttle.

It’s a car, and this is a Ferrari. A sports car that you have to grab by the neck and tame on every straight line and every curve in a battle against sensations, while using them and your instincts to navigate the asphalt.

The electronics work magic, and its 800+ hp seem somewhat approachable, even friendly. Well, that of accessible is relative, because you have to be very high in the brand’s top secret lists to be invited to buy one. However, it is undeniable that it democratizes an elitist and high-performance experience.

Earlier we mentioned the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. And yes, we walked the mythical track during the tests of this Ferrari Daytona SP3, but limited to 70 km/hproduct of the appeal of Prancing Horse: “It is due to the value of the car and the fact that it is a limited edition”.

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Two hours on one of the most historic circuits on the planet, with one of the most exciting cars in the world… At reduced speed. Even less. Enough for a few photos, but far from producing anything for your sensation-hungry brain. Well, now we know how it works. At least we pushed him to the limit in other areas, away from prying eyes…

Conclusions on the Ferrari Daytona SP3

is it really worth 2 million euro? Well, the Ferrari Daytona SP3 feels quite special. There’s authenticity in its shapes and details, and the V12 engine is an intangible delight that penetrates through all the senses. Being able to drive one is quite simply a privilege.

It is the most powerful engine in the history of Ferrari, in one of the most beautiful cars the brand has produced in recent years. Nail limited edition, and above all, reserved for the most particular customers. If you are part of this group, yes. This piece of history is worth the detour, even at 70 km/h at Spa-Francorchamps.

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