Here it is, then, CAR Magazine’s long-awaited first drive review of the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, replacement for the 599. The F12 is an all-new car, but the basics remain familiar: a powerful, naturally aspirated V12 sits ahead of the driver, while power flows to the rear wheels only. The 6262cc V12 features the same bore and stroke as the four-wheel drive FF, but the bottom end is new, plus the top end has been extensively re-worked, says Maranello. The result is 720bhp and 509lb ft torque, and not a turbo or supercharger in sight. The engine – like the seats and dashboard – also sits lower in the chassis, lowering the centre of gravity and improving handling response.
The benchmark 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in just 3.1sec, while the top speed is said to lie somewhere north of 211mph. With that incredible performance in mind, 18.8mpg – that’s 30% more efficient than the 599. The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is fantastic. It manages to combine perfect manners during low-speed maneuvering with instant shifts when you’re banging through the gears at the redline. It doesn’t have the engaging thump of, say, a Lamborghini, but I don’t miss that, and the instant shifts and explosive downshifts mean you never tire of pulling those paddles.
Comfortable, fantastic to drive, dripping with raw emotion and combining a decent helping of practicality, the F12 is a giant leap over the 599 GTB. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares with Aston’s new Vanquish, but it’s clear that the Brits will have their work cut out on this evidence.
We have found it strange that ever since the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was introduced to the world, at the 2012 Geneva Auto show, there has been no news or sightings of the prancing pony. Well fortunately that has all changed as we have come across the first video evidence that proves that the car still exists.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – Front 3/4
If you have forgotten about the F12 Berlinetta’s performance number we can’t blame you as we had to re-look them up as well. Like the 599 that it replaces it will have a naturally aspirated V12 bomb under the hood that was first debuted in the FF. Unlike the FF the F12 will see a bump in power by approximately 80hp, allowing the 6.3-liter V12 to produce 730hp and 510lb-ft of torque, with a 8700rpm redline.
The accumulation of all of these extra horses allow the Berlinetta to turn the 0-100km/h trick in just 3.1 seconds and can accelerate from a standstill to 200km/h in just 8.5 seconds. These are impressive numbers and prove that the car will be a worthy competitor to the Lamborghini Aventador. Ferrari is claiming that the new F12 Berlinetta has top speed of over 211 mph and attributes the cars balanced feel at these high speeds to a slight tweaking of the cars weight distribution. The F12 now receives a 46/54 thanks to a new transaxle F1 style dual-clutch gearbox and rear suspension redesign that reduced weight and included space saving techniques to also improve the car’s trunk volume.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – Rear 3/4
After watching the video one fact that we can confirm is that the F12 Berlinetta knows how to make both the engine and the tires scream as it barrels around the track. If you don’t believe us then click the link below and turn up your speakers.
This year’s Geneva Auto Show has been a real winner as it was the launching pad for a number of major auto makers to show their higher end luxury cars to the world. Personally I am up for the show becoming more relevant as over the past 3-4 years it was really nothing more for high end tuner shops to show off concept cars that were outrageously styled and trimmed with only the finest unicorn horn inlays. This year was not a clean break from the one off concept insanity however it was a minor story as the show had more than a couple handfuls of car that will actually be sold in larger volumes around the world.
At the 2012 Geneva auto show we saw the official introduction of the Audi A3, BMW M6 Coupe, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Opel/Vauxhall Astra VXR, Porsche Boxster, and Volvo V40. Now don’t get us wrong as there was some craziness like the introduction of the Lamborghini Avantador J, Rinspeed Dock+Go, Giugiaro Brivido, and the Bertone Nuccio Concept. All of which will thankfully have a less than a 1% chance of ever seeing the light of day.
We will bring you more Geneva Auto show news early next week as the show continues to draw interest and questions from our followers. However in the mean time we present you two car launch videos from bitter rivals who were on a mission this show to one up the other!
In the red corner we have the newest V12 super car from Ferrari, it is the F12Berlinetta and it is one sexy Mammer Jammer!
And in the blue corner we find a newly created Hot Mess from Lamborghini that simply goes by the name “J”, which we think must be short for Joke.
We encourage you to check out both videos and vote below as to which one you like better. We will let you decide if you want to vote on the cars, the content of the video’s or even the video’s production value it is all up to you. Be sure to cast your vote as we are interested to see how which of these two Geneva show stoppers takes your breath away the most.
Let me just let you soak in the pure beauty of the New Ferrari F12 Berlinetta that had its first official images released just hours ago. The Official World debut will take place at the 2012 Geneva Auto show next week however we have a full list of the cars impressive numbers and figures below.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - Front 3/4
The F12 will be the successor to the powerful Ferrari 599 so there was not surprise when we learned that it would be once again raising the performance bar to new heights. Like the 599 that it replaces it will have a naturally aspirated V12 bomb under the hood that was first debuted in the FF. Unlike the FF the F12 will see a bump in power by approximately 80hp, allowing the 6.3-liter V12 to produce 730hp and 510lb-ft of torque, with a 8700rpm redline.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - Side
The accumulation of all of these extra horses allow the Berlinetta to turn the 0-100km/h trick in just 3.1 seconds and can accelerate from a standstill to 200km/h in just 8.5 seconds. These are impressive numbers and prove that the car will be a worthy competitor to the Lamborghini Aventador. Equally as impressive is the fact that Ferrari engineers have also managed to decrease the cars Co2 emissions and slightly lower the cars fuel consumption figures. Both of these figures are aided by the car’s engine start/stop system which results in the fuel figures seeing an improvement of more the 10% with a combined rating of 18.8mpg (15 L/100km) and CO2 emissions have dropped to 350g/km.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - Rear 3/4
Ferrari is claiming that the new F12 Berlinetta has top speed of over 211 mph and attributes the cars balanced feel at these high speeds to a slight tweaking of the cars weight distribution. The F12 now receives a 46/54 thanks to a new transaxle F1 style dual-clutch gearbox and rear suspension redesign that reduced weight and included space saving techniques to also improve the car’s trunk volume. Thanks to some other cleaver engineering techniques used in the design of the car it also benefits from a lower centre of gravities compared to the 599. Which also results in the car being the fastest production car to ever lap Ferrari’s Fiarano test track in a blistering 1m23s?
The New Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - Interior
Pricing and options have not yet been released and are expected to see the light of day next week at the Geneva Auto show, so tune back in next week for an update. Until then try not to droll too much over the first 3 images of this beautiful Ferrari.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - instrument cluster