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Novitec Rosso's 'Big N' lands with a 781-hp boom

The German tuner's new N-Largo arrives with an aggressive, wide body kit and 781 horsepower.

By James_Tate Oct 8, 2013 11:21AM

German tuning house Novitec has been modifying Italian supercars since 1989, turning out some of the most insane Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis in the world. Now, with the monstrous Ferrari F12 Berlinetta as inspiration, Novitec Rosso has unveiled a car that had been whispered about on Internet forums for months as "the Big N"— the new Novitec Rosso N-Largo.

The most obvious change in the N-Largo from the standard F12 is the shape itself. Novitec Rosso (the Ferrari-focused department of Novitec Group) has widened the body at both the front and rear axles, giving its F12 an hourglass shape. At 80.7 inches, the N-Largo is a full 4.3 inches wider than the F12 at its rear axle, with custom wheelwells and fenders to accommodate wider Pirelli P-Zeros. The wheels themselves were developed specifically for the N-Largo, and feature a unique concave five dual-spoke design.

The carbon fiber pieces of the N-Largo body kit include vents at the corner of the front quarter panels to release hot air from the front brakes as soon as possible, and large air ducts to draw cool air in toward the rear brakes. Both the front and rear bumpers of the F12 are replaced in the N-Largo with ones designed to improve downforce and handling ability; the rear fascia treatment includes a significant spoiler.

In a nice, surprisingly practical addition, Novitec Rosso includes a push-button adjustable air suspension that can raise the N-Largo up to 40 millimeters to aid clearance of real-world obstacles such as curbs or speed bumps. With another push of a button, or when the N-Largo hits 80 kph, the ride height reverts to its original, downforce-aiding level. 

All that downforce is necessary to give N-Largo drivers every chance to survive its re-mapping of Ferrari’s 6.3-liter V12 engine, which returns a massive 781 horsepower and 533 lb-ft of torque. At 740 horsepower, the stock F12 is already notoriously wild when it comes to laying down the power. It makes us wonder if the N-Largo body kit shouldn’t include a trailer hitch to pull a wagon of spare rear tires behind. 

Assuming the N-Largo can keep its nearly 800 horsepower planted to the road, Novitec Rosso claims a top speed of 350 kph (217 mph). Neither Novitec Rosso’s press release nor its website offer any pricing information for the N-Largo, but that’s for good reason: It’s likely very expensive. With the company offering fully customizable interiors for N-Largo buyers, the total price is only limited by the imagination of the consumer.

So, Ferrari fans, does the F12 Berlinetta need such an upgrade? Would you want an extra 41 horsepower and the wider body kit? Novitec Rosso is banking on it—we’ll see just how many take the plunge.

[Sources: Novitec Rosso, photo via Novitec Rosso]

Oct 10, 2013 4:56AM
At my point in life, this car is like loving some wild & beautiful, nubile 20 something.  Great fun and a big smile....but it will kill me! ;)
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