Tthe F12berlinetta is the most powerful and high-performance road-going
Ferrari ever. Sporting a new V12 engine, it is built around highly evolved
transaxle architecture and features state-of-the-art components and control
systems. The F12berlinetta's aerodynamics have also been honed to the extreme in
an innovative design that redefines classic Ferrari themes.
The F12berlinetta's wheelbase is shorter and its engine, dashboard and seats are lower in the chassis. A new suspension and gearbox layout helped reduce the car's rear volume. The result is a shorter, lower and narrower car than the previous V12 coupé. The F12berlinetta boasts ideal weight distribution (54% over the rear axle) as well as a lower center of gravity that is further back in the chassis.
The Ferrari F12berlinetta's spaceframe chassis and bodyshell are completely new, and now incorporate no less than 12 different aluminium alloys, some of which have been used for the first time in the automotive sector. New assembly and joining technologies were also adopted in its construction. This has allowed the car's overall weight to be kept to just 3,361 lbs (1,525 kg) and has maximised its performance efficiency with torsional rigidity boosted by 20 per cent.
With a Fiorano lap time of just 1'23'', 0-60 mph acceleration in 3 seconds and 0-125 mph in 8.5 s, the F12berlinetta is the most high-performance road car in Ferrari history. Over and above sheer performance, however, it stands out for its nimble and responsive handling and unparalleled driving involvement even at lower speeds, a feature normally the reserve of mid-rear-engined cars, whether on the track or on the road.
Exterior: Aerodynamic Efficiency Par Excellence
Aerodynamics play a major role, and a host of innovative solutions have been discreetly integrated in the F12berlinetta's styling. These include the Aero Bridge which, in a first, uses the bonnet to generate downforce, and Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures. The result of these interventions is that the F12berlinetta has the highest overall aerodynamic efficiency of any Ferrari ever built (a value of 1.2, double that of the 599 GTB Fiorano) with downforce of 123 kg at 200 km/h and a Cd of just 0.299. The fruit of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, the F12berlinetta features harmonious and balanced proportions. It is a truly original, innovative coupé with all of the signature features of an authentic Ferrari 12-cylinder. Clothed in sleek, aggressive lines, it offers superb occupant space and comfort despite its relatively compact dimensions.
The rear is characterised by a modern, functional reinterpretation of the Kamm tail which seamlessly integrates the two vertical fences of the rear diffuser. The resulting, original T-shape also incorporates two full-LED circular tail-lights and the clearly F1-inspired rear fog light.