|2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta|
So here's the headline statistic: what you're looking at (unless you're still reading) is the most powerful Ferrari ever made. It's also the fastest road car to lap Ferrari's Fiorano test track - a 1:23 if you're keeping score - meaning that while you get a luxurious interior, you also get a car faster than a 458 Italia, an F60 "Enzo Ferrari", a 599 GTO and indeed any other Ferrari with a number plate, making it faster than several other cars as well. This ferocious speed comes courtesy of a 6262cc (6.3-litre) 65-degree V12 engine producing, in the end, 730bhp (740PS) and 509lb/ft of torque. 80% of that torque is available from a mere 2500rpm, all the way up to the screaming 8700rpm redline. The results are as you might expect; that engine hurls the entirely aluminium Berlinetta from 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds, 0-125mph in 8.5 seconds - the time it takes a normal car to reach 60 - and the top speed is over 210mph.
image to compare). Below that, it would appear Pininfarina and the "Ferrari Styling Centre" have had two very Italian sources of inspiration. One is a Formula 1 car, hence the rear diffuser and what appears to be an LED rain light, which doesn't look right on a road car and is probably the rear fog light, while the other inspiration is a woman wearing a thong, hence the, er, thong. The four exhaust pipes are low and wide-set, adding menace, while the side windows appear to be from a 612 Scaglietti (which was replaced by the FF a year ago). It also has a slightly inset rear window, something I will say more about in the next post as it appears on a concept car designed by Pininfarina.
One clever bit of aerodynamic trickery is a hole in each side of the bonnet (2nd picture down, you can see one) that channels air out of the vents in the side. Well, I'm assuming that's clever, otherwise they wouldn't do it. Air channelling is an increasingly popular thing these days, with BMWs upcoming i8 sports hybrid channelling air through the entire car, starting with holes below the headlights, so I'm assuming is has a purpose and somehow smooths the airflow or reduces drag. Actually, it probably follows the same path as the bulge in the side of the car once it exits the vent. Maybe.
Other than a kerbweight 70kg lighter than the F599 (at a still-meaty 1525kg), that's all we know thus far. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but, if you have to ask......
|Air flow through the front of the car|