This is the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - or F12berlinetta – we don’t know exactly why Ferrari didn’t decide to split the words – the fastest and most powerful road car in firm’s history. As expected, the F12 Berlinetta is powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter V12 engine delivering 740 hp and an impressive 690 Nm of torque, 80 percent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance. In addition, the F12 Berlinetta boasts a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1 kg/CV, while the engine delivers 118 hp/l. According to Ferrari, the fuel consumption was reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km, but don’t expect to be fuel efficient as the Prius.
Regarding the performances, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, 200 km/h (124 km/h) in 8.5 seconds but the Italian manufacturer doesn’t say anything about its top speed but we believe that this is over 200 mph or 320 km/h. Moreover, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23”, faster than any other Ferrari road car. Regarding the design, the F12 Berlinetta follows the same design language as the Ferrari FF, firm’s first AWD model. As you can see on the sides, the car features the Pininfarina logo, which means that it was designed by the well-known Italian company which also designed the FF and the 458 Italia, as well as most of the Ferrari models.
Ferrari also says that the F12 Berlinetta is finished in a new three-layer colour called Rosso Berlinetta. The F12 Berlinetta incorporates the typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars cars in an original and innovative way. A coupé with sleek, aggressive lines whose compact exterior dimensions conceal exceptional in-car space and comfort. The interior features Frau leather and comes with advanced technology and sophisticated, handcrafted detailing. The dashboard features carbon fibre and aluminium air vents clearly inspired by the aeronautic field. The digital speedometer found on the dashboard in front of the passenger’s seat is a premiere for Ferrari and it looks designed for those ladies who usually scream when they are in a supercar. Ferrari also revolutionized the traditional transaxle layout in order to match the more extreme performance of the car.
As a result, the wheelbase has been shortened and the engine, dashboard and seats have been lowered in the chassis, while the new layout of the rear suspension and gearbox enabled Ferrari’s engineers to make the rear volume of the car smaller. This means that the car has a lower center of gravity that is further back in the chassis, and a level of aerodynamic efficiency that sets new standards. Despite the power increase, the car is also with 70 kg lighter than the 500 GTB Fiorano and has a total weight of just 1525 kg. Downforce has been boosted by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced (the Cd is just 0.299).
Apparently, these numbers were obtained using two new solutions: the Aero Bridge which uses the bonnet to generate downforce by channelling air away from the upper part of the car to its flanks where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells to decrease drag; the Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures, again reducing drag. In order to stop the car, Ferrari installed the latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) while the comfort is ensured by the magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E). Moreover, the F12 Berlinetta features all the control systems such as E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS,