2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta First Look
With 740 hp, a phenomenally flat torque curve, compact form, agile handling, optimum weight distribution and a distinctive, aerodynamically honed shape, the all new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta marks a major step forward in the history of 12 cylinders Ferraris.
With the F12 Berlinetta, Pininfarina designed a most pleasing interpretation of style for a light, compact Berlinetta with a front engine: the car shape immediately communicates its high performance while bringing together functionality and beauty.
The two goals Ferrari sets for the creation of the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta were particularly challenging because, in a certain sense, were opposed to each other: to exceed the qualities and the performance of a car designed for the track while maintaining a level of comfort and ease of driving of a GT.
In developing the F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari has taken the best from two of the company’s highly successful models, the GTO and the 458 Italia which boasts driving dynamics that are unique. The main points were to reduce the car’s dimensions: the front-mounted engine now leads to greater inertia on bends, which has to be limited in order to provide an easy and dynamic driving experience. The F12 Berlinetta is shorter, narrower and lower than the 599 while still offering a better driving position and superior comfort. Ferrari engineers carried out the work in such a way as to utilize every space and channel, exactly as they do with Formula One cars, to then performed careful work on the car’s weight, with excellent results similar to those of the GTO, but with the comfort of a road car. All this guarantees handling very similar to that of an eight-cylinder like the 458 because the inertia factor disappears in driving, even on particularly winding routes.
What is striking when you look at the car is its streamlined and innovative shape, betraying the hand of a very special designer: the wind. The lines are modeled on designs suggested by the air, with an incredibly low drag factor for a car like the F12 Berlinetta which is capable of such high down-force.
Inertia, mass and dimensions are the physical basis of this new model, one that promises to be spectacular in terms of performance as well as style. In terms of engine and electronics, the car has an engine of over 740 hp at 8,700 rpm, with torque rising almost in a straight line from 4,000, with emissions and consumption reduced by 20 percent.
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