The all-new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – the quickest and most powerful road car in the Italian supercar company’s history – has been officially revealed ahead of its debut at next week’s Geneva motor show.
The F12 Berlinetta replaces the Ferrari 599 and introduces what the Prancing Horse brand describes as a “new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinder supercars”. The F12 Berlinetta is powered by a 6.3-litre V12 that produces 544 kW of power and 690 Nm of torque. A massive 552 Nm is available from just 2 500 r/min.
The F12 is more compact than the its 599 predecessor. It measures 4.62 meters long (47mm shorter than before), is 20 mm narrower and 63 mm lower. Thanks to an all-new aluminium spaceframe chassis, it also weighs 70 kg less, tipping the scales at just 1 525 kg in dry trim and is also 20 percent stiffer than the 599.
Expertise gained from Formula One and the 599 XX has been applied to the car’s aerodynamics. The F12′s Active Brake Cooling system uses flaps in the front wing edges, which open up at speed to cool the carbon-ceramic brake discs. All these tweaks reduce the aero Cd drag coefficient to just 0.29 while the shape actually produces real downforce – 123 kg at 200 km/h, an increase of 76 percent on the 599 GTB.
Together, the power, low weight and aerodynamics give the Ferrari F12 a 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of 3.1 seconds, 0 – 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 340 km/h. As a benchmark, the 599 is capable of 3.7 seconds, 11.0 seconds and 330-plus km/h respectively. The F12 also laps Ferrari’s Fiorano test track faster than any other Ferrari road car. At 1m23s, the F12 Berlinetta clocks in ahead of the 599 GTO (1m24s) and the Enzo (1m25s).
Despite all the performance, Ferrari claim the F12 is 30 percent more fuel efficient than the 599 and the big V12 is even equipped with engine stop/start technology.
The cabin is inspired by the FF. Ferrari says it incorporates all-new Frau leather, as well as new carbon fibre and aluminium air vents. Most of the car’s controls are located on the steering wheel.
The F12 Berlinetta will be available to order at the Geneva Motor Show.