2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Sleek and sexy, the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has hit the pavement running. With a zero to sixty mph time of three seconds, it knows how to move. This car simply reeks power and elegance. Unveiled in March at the Geneva Auto Show, this car took most by surprise. Top Gear (magazine) named the F12 Berlinetta “The Supercar of the Year 2012”. It’s another leap ahead for Ferrari in not only technology but producing not a car but ‘the car’. So how did they do it?
Developing on the previous model of the 599 GTB, the F12 Berlinetta is 1.85 inches shorter in length, about ¾ of an inch less in width, with the rear section only having about 3 ¼ inch overhang. It also sits 2 ½ inches lower. Add to this a decrease in weight of 154 pounds makes this a dynamic change responsible for an incredible ride at over 200 mph in seventh gear. This, compounded by the fact the F12’s weight distribution is rear-biased (54%), makes the F12 a stable and fast ride. This car top speeds over 211 mph!
It wasn’t just the size that they altered. It has a 6.3 litre, 65-degree V-12 engine fed by a 200-bar direct injection system. This translates into producing 57 times more pressure than your standard fuel injection system. In keeping ‘green’ the fuel economy is 15 miles to the gallon – not the kind of rating you’d ask from a regular car, but for one of these superior race cars, it’s a leap in the right direction.
Ferrari’s E-Diff, F-1 Trac and magnetorheological damping system, and carbon ceramic brakes all enhance the performance of this vehicle. Ferrari didn’t stop there. The F12’s Aero Bridge is a new concept that creates additional down force funneling air flow over the hood through the fenders and exits behind the front wheels.
The interior comes standard with (Poltrona) Frau leather’ though new owners can choose other fabrics to suit their tastes. One of the particular features that caught attention is the digital screen above the glove box that informs the passenger of what gear the car is in and how fast it is going.
There are rumours and whispers on what the ‘infotainment’ system the F12 will include internet applications. But this is not the lead attraction to what makes this car ‘the car’ – it just adds value.
The base price has been guessed at some where above USD 312,000 (base price for the 599) to as high as USD 375,000. At the Hurricane Sandy Relief auction held at the Formula 1 US Grand Prix, Ferrari started the bidding with a base price of USD 315,888. The F12 sold for a cool USD 1,125,000 as the first acquired on US soil. In Italy, this same vehicle retails at €274,400 (around $340,000).Cat : Ferrari,