News: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta revealed
New 2012 599 replacement is the most powerful Ferrari road car ever with 730bhp
This is the new 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – the most powerful road car ever to wear the famous prancing horse badge, thanks to a 730bhp 6.3-litre V12 engine.
That figure eclipses even the 700bhp Lamborghini Aventador – but the replacement for the 599 GTB Fiorano is not just about headline power. It's also lighter, smaller and more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor.
Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the front-engined, rear-drive two-seater has a striking aluminium body that mixes cues from the current 599 with a grille and headlight combination inspird by the FF.
It's more compact than its predecessor, though, measuring 47mm shorter, 20mm narrower and 63mm lower – and thanks to an all-new aluminium spaceframe chassis, it weighs 70kg less than before too, tipping the scales at just 1,525kg in dry trim.
Formula One expertise has been applied to the body too. The sweep you can see running from the top of the wing is not just for show. Called the Aero Bridge, it channels air away from the bonnet to reduce drag. In addition, the F12's Active Brake Cooling system uses flaps in the front wing edges which open up speed to cool the carbon-ceramic brake discs.
Look at the top of the rear wing and you can just about make out a vent. Although it hasn't been confirmed, it is thought that a fan is located in the rear wing, which draws air through the vent to the rear, creating an F1-style blow diffuser.
All these tweaks reduce the aero Cd drag coefficient to just 0.299 while the shape actually produces real downforce – 123kg at 124mph, up 76 per cent on the 599 GTB.
Together with a lower overall weight and extra power, the F12 Berlinetta is enormously fast. As well as producing 730bhp at 8,500rpm – up 118bhp on the 599 GTB – it has 690Nm of torque, an increase of 83Nm.
Hooked up to a development of the seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox in the FF and California, with shortened ratios, the F12 Berlinetta does 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds (0.6 seconds faster) with a top speed of 211mph (up 6mph). It can also accelerate from 0-124mph in just 8.5 seconds.
It's also more efficient than the old 599 GTB, claiming 18.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 350g/km, down from 415g/km.
The F12 Berlinetta will be available to order at the Geneva Motor Show and although prices haven't been officially revealed, it is expected to cost between £240,000 and £250,000 in the UK.
Source: Auto Express
Type 65-degree V12
Total displacement 6262 cc
Maximum power output 740 CV at 8500 rpm
Maximum torque 690 Nm at 6000 rpm
Dimensions and weight
Length 4618 mm
Width 1942 mm
Height 1273 mm
Dry weight* 1525 kg
Weight distribution 46% front, 54% rear
Weight-power ratio 2.1 kg/CV
Maximum speed over 340 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.1 seconds
Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)
Consumption** 15l/100 km
CO2** 350 g/km