Ferrari F12berlinetta: Maranello’s new monster
Wednesday 29 February 2012
• All new Ferrari GT car to replace 599 GTB
• 730bhp from a 6.3-litre V12 engine
• Advanced aerodynamics
Official images of the Ferrari F12berlinetta have been released prior to the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
The simple facts are these: the F12berlinetta is the most powerful and high performance Ferrari road car ever to emerge from Maranello. It will replace the 599 GTB Fiorano as Ferrari’s V12 GT car.
With 730bhp on tap it will also become the marque’s performance flagship, outgunning even the mighty Ferrari FF which uses the same basic engine. Despite a high specific output of 117bhp per litre, the motor remains naturally aspirated, as turbocharged engines simply don’t have the same razor-sharp responses (or savage soundtrack) that characterise the Ferrari driving experience.
Combined with peak torque of 509lb/ft – most of which is available from just 2,500rpm – the power is enough to get the F12berlinetta from 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds and 0-120mph in a staggering 8.5 seconds.
It will lap Ferrari’s Fiorano test track 1.23 seconds faster than any other Ferrari road car – an achievement which is doubly impressive when you consider the F12berlinetta isn’t as track focussed as the baby 458 Italia, instead having a blend of supercar dynamics and long range touring ability.
Despite the huge performance gains, Ferrari claims the F12berlinetta is 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the outgoing 599 GTB. Part of this is down to a reduced kerb weight. Using advanced aluminium alloys, Ferrari has managed to reduce the weight by 70kgs over the outgoing model, whilst at the same time improving rigidity by 20 per cent.
The car’s design was a collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina – the car designer behind some of Ferrari’s most iconic shapes. It shares styling details with the four-seater FF, particularly the grille, which gives the F12berlinetta a distinctive (if somewhat maniacal) grin. The heavy door scallops blend seamlessly into the rear wheel arches, accentuating the car’s rear drive balance and giving it an athletic stance.
The shape is functional too. Being a product of a company so intrinsically linked to Formula 1, the F12berlinetta majors on aerodynamics. The slippery body not only cleanly cleaves the air but also generates up to 123kg of downforce (76 per cent up on the 599). This is down to a new ‘Aero Bridge’ which deflects air crossing the bonnet downwards towards the wheel arches, reducing drag, and also Active Brake Cooling which opens vents to cool the brakes only when necessary, further reducing friction with the air.
Full specification and pricing details will be released after the F12berlinetta’s Geneva showcase, where it will be displayed in a brand new three-layered red colour named Rosso Berlinetta.
By Daljinder Nagra
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