Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Unveiled
We might have thought that the era of new V12 engines was way behind us – but the people at Maranello are having none if it. The new F12 Berlinetta, unveiled by Ferrari today, heralds an audacious new beginning – and the most powerful car to ever bear the badge.
Squint, of course, and you’ll see what appears to be a combination, aesthetically at least, of the FF ‘brake and the long-in-the-tooth 599 format – and there’s even a hint of the California‘s lovely flowing flank – but as always with a new Ferrari there’s a wealth of subtle styling innovations and a whole roster of new tech and architecture that makes the magic happen.
The front-mid engined layout is similar to the 599 and FF, but the whole deal has been hung differently, lightened and structurally bolstered using a trick ragbag of special metal. It’s slated to pull away to 100KM/h in 3.1 and to 200Km/h in a little over eight seconds – and Ferrari reckons it laps the Fiorano test track 1.23 seconds faster than any other production Ferrari ever built.
Being fans of the brand – as most of us are – we’re excited at the prospect of something approaching the ultimate Ferrari- but they keep on coming up with tech innovations that beguile us with their brilliance.
let’s see how it lands…
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