One-off Ferrari BR20 launched with 681bhp V12 engine

The tailor-made Ferrari BR20 creation is based on the GTC4Lusso, but it features a new coupe roof and a retrimmed interior

The wraps have come off the new Ferrari BR20, a bespoke V12-engined coupe, designed and built for one of Ferrari’s most well-heeled customers.

It’s based on the same platform as the GTC4Lusso, but the bodywork and interior have been modified to include some of the styling cues of Ferraris from the 1950s and 1960s. The most noticeable design change between the GTC4Lusso and the BR20 is the new coupe roof, which replaces the standard car’s ‘breadvan’ rear end. 

Ferrari revived its iconic flying buttresses as part of the roof swap. The company has used the styling feature on everything from 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale to the 2006 Ferrari 599 GTB, with the brand claiming they improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Other changes include a set of slimmer headlamps, which have been dropped lower down the BR20’s nose to make the bonnet look longer. Ferrari says this was done to pull in some of the design cues from some of its more famous V12-engined GT cars, such as the 410 Superamerica and the 500 Superfast.

There’s also a new radiator grille with a carbon fibre insert, a redesigned front bumper with triangular intakes and a new bonnet with huge air outlets to help cool the engine. Moving rearwards, there’s some carbon fibre side skirt extensions and a massive diffuser. The 20-inch alloy wheels are unique, too.

Inside, there’s some brown upholstery for the dashboard and a pair of dark brown leather sports seats. The rakish new coupe roof also means Ferrari has had to remove the BR20’s rear seats, because there simply wouldn’t be enough headroom.

As the roof and cabin layout have changed dramatically over the GTC4Lusso’s, Ferrari also had to design a bespoke headlining and fresh trim panels to suit the BR20’s new C-pillars, boot layout and strut brace that runs between the rear suspension towers.

The BR20’s V12 powertrain is exactly the same as the GTC4Lusso’s. So, it’s a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre unit that produces 681bhp and 697Nm of torque. Performance figures haven’t been confirmed, but we expect they’ll be the same as the GTC4Lusso’s, with a 0–62mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of more than 200mph.

Power still goes to all four wheels through Ferrari’s rather unusual all-wheel-drive system, which features two gearboxes. Rather than using a transfer box in the middle of the chassis, the rear wheels are driven by a transmission at the rear of the engine, while the front wheels are turned by a smaller gearbox at the front of the engine.

Ferrari hasn’t told us how much money the BR20 cost to build. However, we have been told that the client had to pay for the designer’s time, all of the models (of which there were three physical and countless digital examples) and the cost of production – so it won’t be cheap. We expect the final price is well into the millions.

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