Ferrari Sets Another New Standard with the F12 Berlinetta
It’s hard to imagine that Ferrari can continue to amaze the world with each new car being so much more… more power, more style, more performance, however, that is exactly what Ferrari has done with its latest creation the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
The Berlinetta is a Pininfarina-styled front engine coupe that is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-12 producing 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. 0-60 is achieved in a mere 3.1 seconds with a top speed of over 211 mph. This is largely due in part to a seven-speed-dual-clutch automated manual transmission that compliments the massive V-12 power perfectly.
There are no less than 12 different alloys used to create the body of the F12. The combination of these alloys has made the vehicle lighter and at the same time, 20 percent stronger than the Ferrari F12 that the Berlinetta will be replacing, while reducing the weight anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds. In comparison to the F12 there are several physical differences that help increase power, reduce weight and create tighter dimensions. The Berlinetta is 2 inches shorter than F12 and sits 2.5 inches lower than the Ferrari 559. Another strong difference between the Berlinetta and previous models is the fact that even with over 700 horsepower the Berlinetta delivers a respectable 16 mpg.
Die hard Ferrari enthusiast have been very vocal about their displeasure with significant changes in the otherwise classic body styles of Ferraris as of late. The Berlinetta V-12 embodies all of the classic Ferrari body styles to include a long classic hood/short deck design that is emphasized by the formed hood channels that push air through openings in front of the A-pillar and then down along the Berlinetta’s sides resulting in an increased downforce of over 76 percent in comparison to the Ferrari 599.
Improved cornering speeds were achieved through a combination of upgrades and new technology. A revised magnetic ride suspension system combined with carbon-ceramic brakes and an electronic differential all help to increase the stability and control of the Berlinetta. Additional features include a Formula One-inspired stability control system and an active brake cooling system that allows increased air flow through cooling ducts when the vehicle achieves high temperatures.
The cabin of the Berlinetta features an array of luxury touches and functional attributes. Some of the highlights include an exquisite leather package and aluminum surfaces complimented by carbon-fiber trim. Considering the amount of performance that is included in this Italian prize fighter, the $300,000 price tag is quite reasonable and will contribute the F12 being a sales success. Victory may be short lived due a 920-hp supercar being developed by Ferrari for a 2014 release date that will allow Ferrari to once again amaze everyone (to include myself) who believe that is Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is as-good-as-it-gets.