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Old 02-29-2012, 06:18 AM
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Ferrari F12berlinetta 2012-2017

Maranello, 29th February 2012 – Today’s on-line unveiling of the F12berlinetta ushers in a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders in the form of a car that delivers unprecedented performance from an exceptional new engine, combined with innovative design that redefines classic themes along with extreme aerodynamics.

Revealed to the world for the first time on Ferrari.com in preparation for its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, the F12berlinetta, finished in an attractive new Rosso Berlinetta three-layer colour, represents the very cutting-edge of mid-front-engined sports cars.

This is, in fact, the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched thanks to the incredibly efficient engine – in terms of mechanical, combustion and fluid-dynamics efficiency – which, together with advanced vehicle architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, guarantee unsurpassed driving involvement whatever the road or track.

Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been revolutionised to match the more extreme performance of the car. 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 overall result is a very compact car with a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the chassis, and a level of aerodynamic efficiency that sets new standards.

Scaglietti, renowned for its expertise in aluminium materials and construction, designed an all-new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell using 12 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 20 per cent increase in structural rigidity while reducing weight to just 1525 kg (70 kg less than the previous V12 coupé) with an ideal distribution between the axles (54 per cent over the rear).

The F12berlinetta’s 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Its maximum power output is 740 CV which translates to a specific output of 118 CV/l. Torque reaches a peak of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm, and which provides an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8,700 rpm limit. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance. The F12berlinetta boasts a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1 kg/CV.

Fuel consumption has been reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km – figures which put the F12berlinetta at the top of the high-performance league. These results have been obtained by extensive research and development which focused on efficiencies of the whole vehicle: engine, aerodynamics, tyres and weights.

Similarly excellent results have been obtained with the car’s aerodynamic development, thanks to the integration of the design process with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and lengthy testing in the wind tunnel. Downforce has been boosted by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced (the Cd is just 0.299). These results come courtesy of two new solutions. The first of these is the Aero Bridge which uses the bonnet to generate downforce by channelling air away from the upper part of the car to its flanks where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells to decrease drag. The second is Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures, again reducing drag.

The F12berlinetta’s impressive technical specifications are completed by Ferrari’s latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) and the evolution of the magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E). As is now traditional with all Ferraris, its control systems (E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS) are all fully integrated.

The result is that the new Prancing Horse 12-cylinder accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. It also completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23”, faster than any other Ferrari road car. Benchmark performance and maximum driving involvement are guaranteed by immediate turn-in, with smaller steering wheel angles, and increased cornering speed. Stopping distances have also been drastically reduced.

The design of the F12berlinetta is a result of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina and is a perfect balance of uncompromising aerodynamics with harmonious proportions interpreting the typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars in an original and innovative way. A coupé with sleek, aggressive lines whose compact exterior dimensions conceal exceptional in-car space and comfort. The all-new Frau leather interior highlights the balance of advanced technology and sophisticated, handcrafted detailing. In the middle of the light and lean dashboard, there are new carbon fibre and aluminium air vents clearly inspired by the aeronautic field.

The cabin has been optimised to ensure maximum usability of the interior space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the large aperture offered by the tail-gate. With the cockpit designed around the driver, typical of all Ferraris, the Human Machine Interface approach is emphasised, grouping all the major commands within immediate reach to guarantee maximum ergonomics for the most involving driving experience.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine
Type
Total displacement
Maximum power output
Maximum torque
65-degree V12
6262 cc
740 CV at 8500 rpm
690 Nm at 6000 rpm

Dimensions and weight
Length Width
Height
Dry weight*
Weight distribution
Weight-power ratio
4618 mm
1942 mm
1273 mm
1525 kg
46% front, 54% rear
2.1 kg/CV

Performance
Maximum speed
0-100 km/h
over 340 km/h
3.1 seconds

Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)
Consumption**
CO2** 15l/100 km
350 g/km

*With lightweight options

**With HELE System
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:26 AM
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Last one... I'm sure there will be more at some point in the future, but these are the only 7 they put out today.

On a more subjective note, I'm not sure I like the rear of the car.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:31 AM
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The front could have been better executed but overall I'm a fan.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:47 AM
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As someone on PH said, it's got a stupid name you'd expect to see from a forum poster. Either they've misspelled it or the marketing department's smoking something strong. Can't say I'm a fan of that huge dent in the side either, but I guess it'll be a fantastic drive.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:51 AM
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Yeah that side feature is kinda odd, the front grille is kinda odd, and the rear "car thong"(feel free to coin that...lol) is kinda odd....

The overall line isn't bad though....
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:09 AM
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The front is ugly, the rear is way too busy- if they hadn't blacked out the regions around the exhausts and made it body colored, it'd look really bad.

And it's still smiling at me.

It's ugly! No surprise there.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:03 AM
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Not a big big fan, but a great improvement over the last offers, inline with the FF. The front borrows a bit from the LFA, the side window could have done without that cut in the rear glass, and i'm not going to say anything about the rear, except 'F1 Rice'?
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:25 AM
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I like all of it.

Usually takes me a while to warm up to new Ferrari's, even liked the FF after seeing it in person and sitting in it.

The 599 GTO looks so yesterday all the sudden.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:04 AM
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the rear "car thong"(feel free to coin that...lol) is kinda odd...
That's exactly what i thought it looked like, coming to a dominatrix near you!

I thought the 599 GTO was beautiful but park this thing next to it and the GTO becomes an even more magnificent piece of art
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:22 PM
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From the back and sides it reminds me of the Alfa 8C. Front is just stupid looking.
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The front is ugly, the rear is way too busy....

It's ugly! No surprise there.
Couldn't have said it any better.

If I could only use one word to describe the styling, I would use ugly. But if I had a second word, it would be busy.

This car is a mess of jagged lines with no direction or balance, even worse so than the RX8. In my mind this is the direct opposite of what a beautiful design should be. It is abrupt, clumsy, and disorganized.

I'm saying this because of I love Ferrari, or at least what they used to be. We should be able to expect better from them.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:15 PM
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Ferrari has launched an online configurator for F12berlinetta

After seeing beast in lighter colors - yellow, silver, orange - yeah...I am a believer now.

Absolutely stunning piece of design and engineering.
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I like all of it.

Usually takes me a while to warm up to new Ferrari's, even liked the FF after seeing it in person and sitting in it.
I'll be honest, I was expecting you to give the car the worst bashing

Alas, whether one has taken up to the styling or hates it, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Some of you guys may warm up to it eventually, some of you guys likely will not.

I like it. Interesting layout for the interior, with the digital rev counter for the passenger and the controls mostly being on the driver's side (just like the 458), but I adore the "minimalist" appearance [minus the steering wheel buttons of course]. IMO it looks much more sleek than the outgoing 599 (still a great car).

Dino, where did you get the opportunity to sit in a FF, may I ask?
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I'll be honest, I was expecting you to give the car the worst bashing

Alas, whether one has taken up to the styling or hates it, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Some of you guys may warm up to it eventually, some of you guys likely will not.

I like it. Interesting layout for the interior, with the digital rev counter for the passenger and the controls mostly being on the driver's side (just like the 458), but I adore the "minimalist" appearance [minus the steering wheel buttons of course]. IMO it looks much more sleek than the outgoing 599 (still a great car).

Dino, where did you get the opportunity to sit in a FF, may I ask?
I just noticed that there's a tachometer on the passenger side.

What in god's name would anyone want to do that?
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I just noticed that there's a tachometer on the passenger side.

What in god's name would anyone want to do that?
So the passenger can tell you how fast you're going when you have the sat nav up.
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