Carlex Design refreshes the Ferrari F12berlinetta with an eye-catching touch of vibrance

Article by Christian A., on March 28, 2017

Ferrari has since been part of the elite circle of automakers producing the world’s best performing cars. One of its most well-known creations in the field of performance is the F12berlinetta. This grand tourer produces impressive records thanks to its powerful 6.3-liter V12 engine that can conjure power of up to 730 horsepower (544 kilowatts) and 520 lb.-ft. of torque. It can even reach a maximum speed of 211 mph and sprint from 0 to 62 mph in only 3.1 seconds. All these, plus the half-a-million-dollar price tag and rarity, gives the F12berlinetta the rights to exude an aura of exclusivity.

But of course, all good things must come to an end, and the F12berlinetta’s reign as the leading grand tourer must be turned over to a younger successor. However, even though the F12berlinetta was overthrown by the Ferrari 812 Superfast, it remains to be one of the most impressive grand tourers of this generation; and to top it all off, one lucky F12berlinetta owner handed his prized possession to Carlex Design to make some modifications to enhance this already magnificent vehicle.

There is no reason to feel bad that the F12berlinetta had to be replaced by the 812 Superfast since the latter is a descendant of the former, specifically the limited-edition F12berlinetta F12tdf variant, yet taking on some “stronger cues” from the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. The 812 Superfast is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine, producing 789 horsepower (588 kilowatts) and 530 lb.-ft. of torque (768 Nm) of torque; just a slight difference from the F12berlinetta’s. A sprint of 0 to 62 mph (or 100 kph) is achievable in only 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of over 211 mph (340 kph); a slight difference in acceleration time, but the same top speed as the F12berlinetta.

Morever, the 812 Superfast is equipped with the latest drivetrain technology including the latest rear-wheel steering system, allowing sharper handling. The 812 Superfast uses electric power steering, a first for Ferrari’s lineup of supercars.

Interior Design

Instead of the usual Ferrari red color, this particular F12berlinetta is dressed in a vibrant banana yellow color. The cabin is even made brighter as parts of it are highlighted by it, giving more emphasis on the lines that flow inside it in various parts.

Without these banana yellow highlights, the all-black cabin may look dull but the ingenious highlighting of areas such as the seat inserts, piping, trim, stitching and the inside of the HVAC vents emphasizes these areas allowing the eyes to feast on its beauty. It actually pairs very well with the black Alcantara and perforated leather upholstery of its interior.

Moreover, it extends and highlights lines on the carbon optic-effect leather that covers some parts of the doors panel. In addition to that, there are also pieces of carbon fiber that add a bit of “visual texture” in the interior. So now, instead of entering the car directly, this modification allows its owner (and onlookers) to appreciate the beautiful lines and textures that adorn the cabin of the F12berlinetta.

Looking at it, it looks like this modified F12berlinetta may actually be its owner’s way to a more economical approach, without having to result to purchasing a new 812 Superfast. Its banana yellow paint is a very good way to giving it a fresher, almost youthful look. Details on the price of this cabin update have not been released, but from the looks of it, it’s most likely cheaper compared to buying a new Ferrari.

Press Release

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta by Carlex Design

In its original version, Berlinetta impresses with her performance and perfect body design, so Carlex Design’s modification was just about harmonious completion. The eye-catching yellow inserts in the seats, the piping, and the thick seams perfectly correspond with the paint of the car. If you take a closer look, you will notice that these additions have been meticulously planned: they do not dominate the rest of the interior, but slightly underline its geometric and sporty character.

In the original F12 Berlinetta, there are a lot of carbon elements highlighting the fact that the car has more to do with a spacecraft than a common everyday car. They were tweaked with black perforated leather inserts. Alcantara - which was applied on the seats, the dashboard, and the door panels - also did its job. Its meaty structure has given the interior lines and textures a multidimensional look.

In certain spots, like for example the door panels, Carlex Design stylists applied black Carbon Optic leather, which ideally matches the rest of the interior elements. The gauge cover, whose edge seam smoothly blends with the steering wheel line, also attracts the viewers’ attention. The headliner and the sun visors are consistent, which becomes even more evident when the sun visors are unfolded.

The air vents inside has been coloured to acquire a certain depth; even the car floor mats have been meticulously handcrafted. It would be an arduous task to examine all of the ins and outs of the project, as they have been thoughtfully designed and scrupulously realised.

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