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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

“Breathtakingly beautiful, confident enough that it doesn’t need to be theatrical or bellicose. Sympathetically useable – but crazed and noisy when that’s what you want.”
-Paul Horrell.

The Ferrari F12 gained “2012 Supercar of the Year” immediately upon its release. Replacing the old 599 (which was already epic) the F12 is also a large mid-engined car.

The F12 uses a naturally aspirated V12 cranking out 730 hp making it the most powerful road-legal Ferrari to date; tt does 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and tops out over 340 km/h. The F12 is fitted with Ferraris start-stop system, which stops the engine during idle and gives the F12 a 30% improvement over the 599 in fuel consumption.

It´s built around an aluminium space frame chassis co-developed with Scaglietti. You can clearly distinguish visual features from the FF and the 458. The Interior is based on that of the FF with a pretty big increase in luggage space compared to the 599.
To many road trippers delight, Ferrari installed a small screen in front of the passenger seat, which displays speed, gear and rpm.

With technology derived from the 599XX programme and Formula One, the aerodynamics of the F12 is second to none. At 200 km/h produces 123 kg of downforce, an increase of 76% over the 599 GTB. Active Brake Cooling Ducts in front of the wheels enables direct extra cooling when needed and maximum aerodynamics when closed.

The F12 is capable of lapping the Fiorano test circuit 1 second faster than the 599 GTO and 2 seconds faster than the legendary Enzo. The F12 price tag €250.000 seems pretty fair considering the price of the two other Ferraris.

Author: O.E.W