What's New for 2013
The 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is all new.
After 65 years in the business, about 132,000 cars sold and a succession of lusty, mostly red sheet metal that dares young men to dream big, Ferrari offers the 2013 F12 Berlinetta, its fastest road car to date. Yes, the fastest ever. Il piu veloce. If that doesn't tickle you just a little, check your blood sugar.
The new front-engine Pininfarina-designed coupe is equipped with a 6.3-liter V12 that generates 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, the new furnace propels the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta from zero to 62 mph in a claimed 3.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211 mph.
Twelve different alloys form the F12's body and chassis. That makes it anywhere from 150-300 pounds lighter, yet 20 percent stiffer, than the 599 GTB Fiorano it replaces. The F12 is also about 2 inches shorter, less than an inch narrower and sits 2.5 inches lower than the 599. More power, a lighter curb weight and tighter dimensions -- that combination wins almost every time. And just in case fuel economy influences your decision on the F12, Ferrari says it returns 16 mpg according to the European test cycle.
Most new Ferrari shapes invite bickering among the faithful, but the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is perhaps one of the company's least polarizing recent efforts. The classic long hood/short deck design is highlighted by the "aero bridge" -- formed hood channels that force air through openings forward of the A-pillar and down along the F12's sides. Ferrari says the design produces 76 percent more downforce than the 599.
The F12 also features a revised magnetic ride suspension system, carbon-ceramic brakes, an electronic differential and Formula One-derived stability control systems for improved cornering speeds. There's even an active brake cooling system that opens guide vanes and directs more air through the cooling ducts at high temperatures.
Inside you'll find a classic mix of rich leather, aluminum touch surfaces and carbon-fiber trim. We expect the F12 Berlinetta to arrive at Ferrari dealers later this year wearing a sticker well north of $300,000. Even at that price, there will no doubt be plenty of potential buyers. Then again, it's likely the F12 won't reign for long as Ferrari's top car -- it's believed the company's next project is a 920-hp successor to the Enzo supercar. Best sharpen up your financial balance sheets now.
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