Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Ferrari Service San Francisco - 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - San Francisco Motorsports - San Rafael
A stock Ferrari has finally crested the nosebleed barrier of 700 horsepower, and deliveries of said Prancing Horse are slated to start at the end of February in the States. This screaming newF12berlinetta takes it all to 730 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 509 pound-feet of naturally aspirated Italian V12 torque at 6,000 rpm. It hurtles to 60 miles per hour in 0.3 seconds, we swear. Okay, it's 3.0 seconds officially, but we know in our collective heart that tests with appropriate velocimeters will record something near 2.8 seconds as it barrels toward a top speed of 211 mph. And it's 2.5 seconds quicker to 125 mph versus its 599 GTB Fioranopredecessor.
But the F12's freakish speed factor is not the whole story here. Not even the half of it.
The two-seat F12berlinetta is gorgeousness on four Michelins (or Bridgestones or winter Pirellis if you like).Pininfarina and Ferrari's ever more responsible on-campus centro stile have combined for one hell of an all-aluminum form that follows impressive aerodynamic functions. One senior company expert tells us, "You could say the front two thirds of the car are predominantly Pininfarina, while the centro stile here can take most credit for the rear end."
Maybe it depends on the color it's wearing, but this very design hit us as a little overwrought when it debuted at last March's Geneva Motor Show. Yet all appeared in sync on our test drive day, in person and on Italian asphalt. Though it may seem bigger to the eye than the 599 it replaces, the F12 is actually smaller in every dimension – 2.0 inches shorter in length, 1.2 in. less in wheelbase, 0.7 in. down in width, with a mondo 2.5 inches off the height. The coupe's all-important center of gravity has been pushed down a full inch, too, and overall dynamics take advantage of this.