In-Depth: Ferrari F12Berlinetta
The Ferrari F12Berlinetta makes leaps and bounds above the rest of the brand’s lineup. Designed for speed and handling, the F12Berlinetta is likely a favorite of many enthusiasts. Equipped with the latest technology and a refined engine for track-ready performance, this supercar is the highest performance front-engine model in the brand’s lineup. While the Ferrari F12Berlinetta has a personal configurator, the standard features are jaw-dropping to say the least.
Designed to maximize aerodynamics without sacrificing elegance, the Ferrari F12Berlinetta’s exterior design is something to be proud of. This front-engine supercar is sculpted for both function and aesthetics.
The F12Berlinetta’s front grille draws in air to cool the massive engine while giving off an aggressive look. Flaps on either side of the grille open to cool the brakes when the temperature reaches a certain point. When temperatures are below the threshold, the flaps remain shut, optimizing the supercar’s aerodynamic styling.
The rear shows off the classic Kamm tail design with a few modern touches, like integrating two vertical fences in the rear diffuser. The T-shape design is further pronounced with the inclusion of two circular LED taillights and a Formula One-inspired rear fog light.
Thanks to the low coupe lines and sculpted flanks, airflow is channeled off the hood through two tunnels between the front wheel arches and A-pillars. Christened “air bridges,” the air travels through the car into the scoops at the rear.
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Like the exterior, the Ferrari F12Berlinetta’s interior combines function and aesthetics to produce the ultimate driving experience. By providing a sporty driving feel and increased comfort, the Ferrari designers are clearly near the top of their game.
The seats are trimmed to improve freedom of movement within the cabin while providing increased comfort compared to other supercars. While cornering, the seats prevent lateral movement, effectively keeping passengers safely restrained. The headrests are integrated into the seats themselves for a track-inspired look while the rear offers luggage straps to keep cargo in place.
Vital information and controls are within easy reach of the driver with the driver interface and information positioned behind the wheel. The console is entirely functional while the central bridge holds Ferrari’s Formula One gearbox, warning lights, and the switchgear.
Under the Hood
Like the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, the F12Berlinetta boasts a massive V12 engine under the hood.
The Ferrari F12Berlinetta’s 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine produces a heart-pounding 731 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque. Boasting a top speed above 211 mph, this supercar reaches 62 mph (100km/h) and 124 mph (200km/h) in 3.1 and 8.5 seconds respectively.
In addition to being the most aerodynamic series-production Ferrari, the F12Berlinetta is also the brand’s most powerful, front-engine model in the main lineup. With an aerodynamic style, highly refined engine, and a curb weight of just 3,362 lbs., the F12Berlinetta is a marvel of modern engineering.
With incredible power comes an incredible set of awards. The Ferrari F12Berlinetta isn’t just a one-time winner; this supercar is consistent.
- Supercar of the Year 2012 from TopGear (United Kingdom)
- 2012 Engine of the Year from EVO (United Kingdom)
- 2012 Auto Bild Design Award from Auto Bild (Germany)
- Goldenes Lenkrad 2012 (Golden Steering Wheel 2012) from Auto Bild (Germany)
- Supercar 2012 from Car Italia (Italy)
- Supercar of the Year 2013 from GQ (United States)
- Best Cars 2013 Awards from L’Automobile (France)
- Supercar of the Year 2013 from Car and Driver (Middle East)
- Car of the Year 2014 from Robb Report (United States)
- ADI Compass D’Oro (Golden Compass) for Design from ADI Design Jury (Italy)
With a starting price near $320,000, the Ferrari F12Berlinetta is bound to impress even the most notorious of speed demons.
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Limited to just 799 units, the Ferrari F12tdf is the track version of the F12Berlinetta. Revealed in October 2015 for the 2016 model year, the F12tdf’s name pays tribute to the Tour de France automobile race that ran from 1899 to 1986. The Ferrari 250 won the race consistently between 1956 and 1964.
Although it boasts the same 6.3-liter V12 engine as the F12Berlinetta, this version has been refined to put out an even more impressive 769 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque. In addition to weighing in at 243 lbs. less than the standard model, the F12tdf reaches 62 mph (100km/h) in just 2.9 seconds and 124 mph (200km/h) in 7.9 seconds.
With a Fiorano test circuit lap time of 1:21, the Ferrari F12tdf beats the standard F12Berlinetta and 488 GTB by a solid two seconds. Accelerating to a top speed upwards of 211 mph, the Ferrari F12tdf is a limited edition model specifically designed for the track.
The Ferrari F12tdf may be new but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t earned any awards.
- Engine of the Year from TopGear (United Kingdom)
Although the Ferrari F12tdf can break the bank with a starting price coming in at around $330,000, every single unit was spoken for shortly after the supercar’s unveiling back in October 2015.
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