The F12berlinetta adds the finishing flourish to an all-new range of 12- and 8-cylinder models that, in the space of just four years, has achieved the objective of offering different Ferraris for different Ferraristi. The world première of new models that match ever-increasing power outputs with greater efficiency with the result that fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by an impressive 30 per cent. A result achieved through in-depth, 360-degree research into all vehicle systems – engine, aerodynamics, tyres, brakes and ancillaries.
The F12berlinetta’s wheelbase is shorter and its engine, dashboard and seats are lower in the chassis. A new suspension and gearbox layout helps reduce the car’s rear volume. The result is a shorter, lower and narrower car than the previous V12 coupé. The F12berlinetta boasts ideal weight distribution (54% over the rear axle) as well as a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the chassis.
The new, 200-bar direct-injection 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. It punches out a maximum of 730 bhp @ 8250 rpm, maximum revs of 8700 rpm. Torque wise the V12 engine produces 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which available from 2500 rpm.
Exceptional progress has also been made in terms of fuel consumption and emissions which have been cut by 30 per cent - putting the F12berlinetta at the top of the segment with 15 mpg and 350 g/km of CO2 respectively.
With a Fiorano lap time of just 1’23’’, 0-62mph acceleration in 3.1 seconds and 0-125mph in 8.5 seconds, the F12berlinetta is the most high-performance road car in Ferrari history. Over and above sheer performance, however, it stands out for its nimble and responsive handling and unparalleled driving involvement even at lower speeds, a feature normally the reserve of mid-rear-engined cars, whether on the track or on the road.Published 6 March 2012