Best Ferrari 12 Cilindri alternatives 2024

May 08, 2024 by

There’s no denying that the new Ferrari 12 Cilindri is a very exciting new supercar, with the combination of a naturally-aspirated V12, rear wheel drive and the gorgeous Italian styling bound to set any petrolhead’s pulse racing.

But what if, for some reason, this new Ferrari just doesn’t float your boat? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all, so maybe the design doesn’t work for you. Or maybe you’re after similar performance for a more affordable price – the 12 Cilindri is expected to cost over £300,000.

Well with this in mind, here are the top 10 alternatives to the Ferrari 12 Cilindri…

  1. Aston Martin DB12
  2. Bentley Continental GT Speed
  3. Porsche 911 Turbo S
  4. Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder
  5. McLaren GT
  6. BMW M8 Competition
  7. Lexus LC500
  8. Mercedes-AMG GT
  9. Tesla Model S Plaid
  10. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

1) Aston Martin DB12

Aston Martin DB12 Volante front

If it’s a classy British GT car you’re after, look no further than the Aston Martin DB12. This drop-dead gorgeous two-door is available as either a coupe or a convertible, and you get a thunderous 4.0-litre V8 engine under the bonnet.

Aston has also been working on a new V12 engine for the forthcoming Vantage, and this could find its way into the DB12 at some point. For now though it’ll still do 0-60mph in an impressive 3.5 seconds. That’s over half a second slower than the Ferrari, but still quick enough to put a smile on your face.

2) Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley Continental GT Speed front

Sticking with British brands for a minute, the Bentley Continental GT Speed is a bit like a luxury apartment on wheels. It’s unlikely to offer the same precision through the corners as the 12 Cilindri – it weighs over 700 kg more after all – but it is a hard car to beat for long-distance road trips.

Don’t go thinking the Bentley is slouch though. Its 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine kicks out 660hp, and it’ll do 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds.

3) Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 Turbo S has become a Carwow drag race favourite over the years because of its bonkers acceleration off the line. 0-60mph is dealt with in 2.7 seconds thanks to its 3.8-litre flat-six engine and clever all-wheel drive system, 0.2 of a second quicker than the Ferrari.

Available in both coupe and convertible forms, the 911 Turbo S also touts razor sharp steering and seemingly endless grip. It’s even easy to live with everyday, as our very own Mat Watson proved by running one for a few months.

4) Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder

Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder

What if you’re still after something Italian and a bit brash? Well the Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder ticks those boxes. Go for this all-out mid-engined supercar in bright green and you’re bound to turn heads wherever you go.

If the loud colour scheme doesn’t attract attention, the raucous 5.2-litre V10 engine will. It makes a fabulous noise, but you’ll have to jump on this bandwagon quickly because the Huracan is soon to be replaced with a V8-powered supercar.

5) McLaren GT

New McLaren GT front

The GT is McLaren’s first foray into the world of long-distance cruisers. It doesn’t have the same hard edge as something like a 765LT, aiming instead to be usable every day and more comfortable.

That doesn’t mean it’s a soggy luxo-barge of a thing. The GT’s 4.0-litre V8 engine has 620hp and it’ll push the car from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. It’s just a shame that it’s not as pretty as the Ferrari.

6) BMW M8 Competition

BMW M8 Competition rear

BMW knows how to make a driver-focussed coupe, and the M8 is proof. It may have all the makings of a luxurious grand tourer, but it’ll still provide thrills when you put your foot down.

Okay so it may not have the same wow factor as a Ferrari, but the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 makes it phenomenally fast and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear on a country road.

7) Lexus LC500

Lexus LC front driving

Lexus may not be the first name which springs to mind when you’re shopping for Ferrari alternatives, but the LC500 has all the prerequisites of a thrilling GT car. It not only looks stunning, the 5.0-litre V8 engine is also a peach.

Admittedly, the LC500 can’t match the 12 Cilindri’s performance – it’s almost 2.0 seconds slower to 60mph – but take it slow and you can admire the reflection of your stylish coupe in every shop window.

8) Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E-Performance

New Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E-Performance

Mercedes-AMG has been on a downsizing spree lately, with cars like the new C63 S getting the same 2.0-litre engine as the A45 hatchback with a hybrid system bolted on for more power. Thankfully though, the new AMG GT coupe still has a nice big V8 under the bonnet.

The E-Performance model pairs this eight-cylinder lump with an electric motor to make a colossal 816hp and 1,420Nm of torque, bringing the 0-60mph time within spitting distance of the Ferrari’s at 2.8 seconds.

9) Tesla Model S Plaid

Tesla Model S Plaid

Don’t panic Tesla fanboys, we haven’t forgotten about the Model S Plaid. This electric family saloon car is packing a whopping 1,020hp and 1,420Nm of torque, making it almost a full second quicker from 0-60mph than the Ferrari.

That’s on paper at least. You see Tesla uses something called a one-foot rollout to measure its 0-60mph times, a method which can give generous results. Even so, to be able to go this fast with the whole family on board is mighty impressive, especially when it’s over £200,000 cheaper than the 12 Cilindri’s predicted price tag.

10) Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Sometimes you just can’t beat a thumping great American V8, and that’s just what the Corvette Z06 gives you. The 5.5-litre engine in the middle of this Chevy puts out 670hp, and it’ll do 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds.

A Ferrari V12 may have a more sonorous exhaust note, but the Corvette’s bellowing tone will still make the hairs on your neck stand up.

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