The Ferrari F12 is the replacement for the 599 GTB and with its 730hp engine is by far Ferrari’s fastest road car to date. All that horse power comes from the 6.3-litre, V12 front mounted engine that can reach a top speed of over 210 mph and is channelled through to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Scrubbing all that speed off is left to the carbon-ceramic brakes with active brake cooling and magnetorheological dampers. However, unlike other superfast cars, this one is a joy to drive and looks good as well. It has a shorter wheelbase than the 599, the engine and driver seat have been lowered and the rear is more compact thanks to the new suspension and gearbox layout, making the car lower and narrower than the previous V12 coupé.
The F12 has an aluminium shell, with panels sculpted according to Ferrari’s unique ‘aerodynamics via subtraction’ philosophy. Scaglietti, who built the F12’s monocoque under-body used 12 different aluminium alloys to enhance torsional rigidity (increased by 20 per cent) whilst keeping the overall weight down to a very respectable total of 1525kg.
Overall the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is one of the best supercars out there in the market place at the moment. With its superb engine and gearbox combination, coupled with a lightweight responsive chassis, this really is the real deal. Just as well given the £239,317 price tag!