Ferrari unveils its F12berlinetta at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on March 6, 2012

Do you want a different Ferrari? Here comes the just-unveiled Ferrari F12berlinetta, which scores the company’s achievement in just four years to offer different Ferraris for different Ferraristi. How different? The F12berlinetta is the fastest Ferrari ever in history. The F12berlinetta boasts of greater power and efficiency, with fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions slashed by around 30%.

This is the result of in-depth yet intensive research into major car systems – engine and aerodynamics as well as tires, brakes and ancillaries. The F12berlinetta is built around highly advanced transaxle architecture and contains state-of-the-art components and control systems. The car’s aerodynamic design is one of a kind, as it redefines classic Ferrari themes.

Ferrari used 12 different aluminium alloys, some of which were used for the first time in the automotive sector, to construct the F12berlinetta’s spaceframe chassis and bodyshell, Ferrari also employed innovative assembly and joining technologies in its construction. This architecture allowed Ferrrari to keep the F12berlinetta’s overall weight of just 1525 kg while maximizing the car’s performance efficiency with torsional rigidity increased by 20%.

The F12berlinetta is powered by a 200-bar direct-injection 6262cc 65° naturally-aspirated V12 engine that offers a maximum of 740 CV at 8250 rpm, with a specific power output of 118 CV/l and maximum revs of 8700 rpm. These are all record-breaking figures for all V12 engines. F12berlinetta’s V12 engine also offers a maximum torque of 690 Nm, 80% of which is readily available at 2500 rpm.

With these engine specs, the F12berlinetta was able to record a Fiorano lap time of just 1’23’’.  The F12berlinetta could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and could go as fast as 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. The F12berlinetta is currently on display at the Geneva Motor Show in two colors: Rosso Berlinetta and Aluminium.

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