Ferrari has officially revealed their brand new 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, ahead of the official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 starting next Tuesday. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched by the Italians.
Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been changed to match the performance of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The wheelbase has been shortened and the engine, dashboard and seats have been lowered in the chassis, while the new layout of the rear suspension and gearbox enabled Ferrari’s engineers to make the rear volume of the car smaller. The F12 comes with Ferrari’s latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) and the magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E).
Scaglietti designed an all-new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell using twelve different kinds of alloys, some of which have been used here for the first time in the automotive sector, and employing new assembly and joining techniques. This has resulted in a twenty per cent increase in structural rigidity of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta while reducing weight to just 1,525kg (70kg less than the previous V12 coupé).
The 6.3 liter V12 engine in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has a maximum power output of 740hp, which translates to a specific output of 118hp per liter. Torque reaches a peak of 690Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500rpm. The red line is at 8,700rpm. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios. The F12 Berlinetta boasts a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1kg/hp.
The result is that the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 12-cylinder accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200km/h in 8.5 seconds. It also completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23”, faster than any other Ferrari road car. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has a top speed of over 340km/h.
The design of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a result of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina. The cabin has additional luggage capacity behind the seats.