Ferrari F12 Berlinetta revealed ahead of Geneva
Italian automaker says 730-horsepower monster is its fastest-ever road-going model.
The replacement for the 599 has a number of improvements over the outgoing model. Horsepower gets a massive bump, from 611 to 730; 509 lb-ft of torque is on tap, with 80 percent available at just 2,500 rpm. Curb weight drops from 3,722 pounds to 3,362 pounds, 56 percent of which rests over the rear axle. The F12 has a drag coefficient of 0.299 and stronger downforce compared with the 599, and structural rigidity improves by 20 percent. The all-new aluminum chassis was designed by Scaglietti and incorporates a dozen alloys. Basically, it's everything you want in a next-step Ferrari: stronger, stiffer, lighter and more powerful.
Also, it's gorgeous. The F12 Berlinetta, a styling collaboration between Pininfarina and Ferrari's in-house styling team, is lower and shorter compared with the 599, with a long hood, prominent headlights, the same slick grille seen on the FF and a sweeping, muscular frame.
As expected, the F12 is based on a mid-front-engine configuration with a transaxle layout. The 599's 6-speed automated manual transmission is out, replaced by an F1-style dual-clutch gearbox. The naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 engine -- cylinders are banked at 65 degrees -- help push the F12 to a top speed of 211 mph and can blast the car from standstill to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Its time around the Fiorano circuit, at 1:23, is faster than any other Ferrari of the road-going variety.
Check out Ferrari's quick overview video, below.
And here's Alonso and Massa reacting to the car:
The vehicle's official bow will take place in Geneva next week.
If I owned it I'd probably stare at it more than I drove it.
I've noticed several people comparing Corvettes and GT-R's to this in terms of numbers only, such as performance per price, hp, torque, and 0-60 mph times. Stop it. You can't even compare these cars, they're not even in the same league. Sure, you get equivalent performance, and maybe slightly better figures in some cases/situations for less cost, but that's the ONLY thing you can compare. There is more to the entire package than just numbers. You get what you pay for applies here. With cars like Ferraris, you're essentially paying for the pedigree so to speak. Cars at this level are built with the best of the best in terms of materials quality, fit and finish, attention to detail, and overall engineering. This is not cheap.
"Corvette ZR1 has it beat!! For a much lower cost "
Are you sure about that? Given what has been released so far, it looks like the new Ferrari is posting better figures. However, that is ALL that is known about this car at this time. We have yet to see how it performs overall, which will most likely be better, because automotive engineering always continues to advance.
Clearly, you're very biased towards Corvettes. Sorry, but Corvettes are not the best thing since sliced bread. They're overhyped crap. Those pushing the ZR-1, including yourself, either don't know or choose to ignore the fact that GM has had trouble selling the ZR-1's. When was the last time you have seen exotic car manufacturers, such as Ferrari, having to offer sales incentives to get their products to move? The ZR-1 does not and has not sold well. GM had to put sales incentives on them. What you have with the ZR-1 is essentially a $40,000 car with a huge engine crammed in it, and some chassis upgrades. Great performance the price? Sure, but the ZR-1 isn't that great apparently, or at least not six figures great. Corvettes, yawn. Everyone and their brother has one.
Titantim, first of all the GT-R is so computerized that it practically drives itself. The reason why the GT-R posts slightly quicker times is because of the AWD system. Most likely the 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds is an average time, not necessarily the best time. Have you heard a GT-R in person? Do you know what they sound like? They sound like giant vacuum cleaners! That is not exactly a soul stirring sound. In addition, it's not hp that accelerates a car, it's torque. You have used the same argument as the Corvette people do in regards to price. The GT-R is far from perfect, they've had numerous problems with them, and they're one of the cars with the lowest driver involvement. The GT-R is not a real driver's car as far as I'm concerned. The Corvettes, though I don't like them, are more of a driver's car compared to the GT-R. The GT-R is ugly as hell, it looks like a giant catfish.
The GT-R fanboys are just as annyoing as the Corvette fanboys. No one can accuse me of being a Ferrari fanboy, I don't care for Ferraris, and I was more or less speaking on the general level of exotic car manufacturers, I just heard so much hyping of this car in the last week, and I was just curious to see it. I don't like it to be honest. For those of you who like Corvettes and GT-Rs, that's fine, but there is a difference between liking them and being so biased towards them.
And if you voted for Obama in '08 to prove you're not racist, please vote for someone else in '12 to prove you're not an idiot, too.
I am happy the Corvette can wage war with ANY exotic car in the world including this one.
I am proud the Corvette won first place in GT2 in the 24 Hours of LeMans beating out Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari etc ...
However, over all .. you can't compare this car to a Corvette ZR1.
The Ferrari fit, finish and materials are on another level. Its target market is different also. People who by them don't give a crap about numbers. They purchase it for its pedigree.
Bottom Line: If someone is worth $100 million and chooses to buy the Corvette ZR1 that;s fine. Because on that level he\she can drive anything he\she wants too and who cares what the average smuck thinks. If another person on the same level purchases the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, that was their personal choice.
It's a miracle if these people AREN'T paid to come on MSN and spew more propaganda. Shame on you.
Get off the Obama hate wagon. There are plenty of jobs out there, but don't blame Obama because you don't have the skills. Go get the skill, quit sucking the taxpayer's teet and live within your means. It's all pretty simple, and it aint all Obama'a fault, the lazy who do nothing to better themselves are what is wrong with this country, not Obama.
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