Three words: Fastest. Ferrari. Ever.

While the "F12berlinetta" F12 Berlinetta may have a name seemingly designed to drive English teachers (and website editors) insane, the 740-horsepower V12 is just plain demenziale. Making 509 lb-ft of torque, it's enough to propel the 3,362-pound car from 0-62 mph in just 3.1 seconds and 0-104 mph in 8.5 seconds, according to Ferrari. Of course, the true measure of any Prancing Horse is the lap around Fiorano, which the Maranello automaker says can be completed in just 1:23. (The previous record-holder was the 599 GTO at 1:24, while the Enzo clocked in at a leisurely 1:25.)

Ferrari says the new F12 Berlinetta has a lower and more rearward center of gravity thanks to a redesigned suspension and gearbox, with 54 percent of the weight resting over the rear tires. A 0.299 Cd and 76 percent more downforce allows a top speed of over 211 mph.

The F12 Berlinetta will be shown for the first time at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, and we'll be on hand to chronicle the festivities for your viewing enjoyment. While you wait, click past the jump to watch a pair of official videos and read the full press release.




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Announcing the F12berlinetta: the fastest Ferrari ever built
The first in a new generation of V12 cars unveiled exclusively on www.ferrari.com


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 65-degree V12
Total displacement 6262 cc
Maximum power output 740 CV at 8500 rpm
Maximum torque 690 Nm at 6000 rpm
Dimensions and weight
Length 4618 mm
Width 1942 mm
Height 1273 mm
Dry weight* 1525 kg
Weight distribution 46 rear
Weight-power ratio 2,1 kg/CV
Performance
Maximum speed over 340 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.1 seconds


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      SteveM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely stunning. It would be nice if less expensive cars could be this attractive. I'm a Corvette owner, but I'm afraid Corvettes will never look this good simply because they cling too tightly to the past. Well Done on this one Ferrari.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SteveM
        Couldn't agree more. When it comes to the enthusiast cars of the 3D brands they won't take a chance with new designs other than the over done retro look. They must let go of the past and look foward.
      Sip
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, 200km/h = 124mph, not 104mph. 8.5 seconds to 167km/h is awesome. 8.5 seconds to 200km/h is insane. The F12's performance is insane. Sincerely, Me.
      ACURA23CL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh My Jesus! What a beautiful machine. I love how Pinninfarina designs are always so uniquely Italian. Of course attention is payed to aerodynamics, but the Italians just have a way of making science stylish and sexy. Stunning.
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car reaks of sexiness...
      Lada F1 team
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smitten. The hood vents are a sleek touch, i wish there was a better picture of them.
      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing. The rear end captures the decklid/light shape of the 275GTB perfectly, and those exhaust tips are straight off the 250 GTO. http://www.gtolondon.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ferrari-275-Rear-Clear.jpg http://atspeedimages.com/image.php/10be4c96-18d4-11dd-73ba-0019e3f8e432/branded/1962_ferrari_250_gto_%233729gt_exhaust_tips.jpg
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if they have a "Plan B" front clip. I hope so, and I hope they use it.
      alexkoolur
      • 2 Years Ago
      Simply STUNNING. My motivation to be a millionaire is summarized viscerally and emotionally just by looking at this thing. I will get there
      xmailboxcancerx
      • 2 Years Ago
      This proves– at least to me personally –that there is zero use being a fan of a single manufacturer. I have a lust for this vehicle (very much like the FF, kinda-sorta the 458) that reminds me of the feelings for the Aventador when it was first released. I love it. All. Bring on the eventual rivalries, I adore all my kids equally.
      Sean Flanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      That surface that starts at the inside of the headlights, then flows over the hood, through the upper hood vents, down through the side vents, and back to the rear bumper. Oh my.
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      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that an F1 style rain light on the rear bumper? Seriously? Something like that is completely useless on a road car but the fact that Ferrari put it there instantly makes this the greatest road car on the planet. I love how Ferrari constantly introduces F1 stuff into their road cars even if it's just for styling.
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