Ferrari yanked back the sheets on the company's F12 Berlinetta at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and the grinning horse has plenty cause to smile. It boasts a ludicrous 740 horsepower V12 under its hood that's capable of launching the vehicle to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds. Hesitate for another 5.3 seconds, and you'll waltz through the triple-digit barrier with ease.

Ferrari took the time to let the F12 Berlinetta loose for a few blistering laps around Fiorano, and the coupe managed to snatch the lap record from the 599 GTO. The newcomer did the deed in a scant 1:23, besting the previous champ by a full second, and the mighty Ferrari Enzo by two seconds.

Engineers positioned most of the vehicle's weight toward the hind quarters, with 54 percent of the vehicle's curb weight pushing on the rear rubber. While the styling certainly isn't for everyone (see below for a gallery of the car's styling buck from Pininfarina), there's no denying the performance on tap. Hit the jump for 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

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 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.


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% front, 58% rear
Weight-power ratio 2,1 kg/CV
Maximum speed over 340 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.1 seconds

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I've got to say, it's hard not to be impressed by this thing
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or does the front 1/2 of the car look out of scale (ie: larger) than the back 1/2 ? Like someone did a Photoshop warp from the front wheels forward.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Upon looking at the side views, I take that back..Its to the correct scale...but man, this is a swoopy-swirly-ducted concoction. Not the restraint in design I would have expected as their "gentleman's tourer". Its almost "Lambo flamboyant"
          • 3 Years Ago
          The Berlinetta is never supposed to be a gentleman's tourer, that's the job of the FF and its preceding lineage. The Berlinetta, like the 599, is supposed to be their mainstream V12 flagship, slotting in just under their limited production specialty supercar, a role most previously filled by the Enzo. Considering this is a direct competitor with the Lamborghini Aventador, it makes sense for it to add some flair to their design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a lot of horsepower.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car would be amazing to drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB, 0-60 MPH in 3.1 seconds does NOT translate into 0-100 MPH in 8.5 seconds. As has been said many times already, it's 0-200 KPH/124 MPH. After these past few weeks of F12-talk and likely numerous corrections from your readers and peers, and who knows who else, how in the HELL are you still stuck on that incorrect spec? Apparently you don't care for anyone to take you seriously...
      • 3 Years Ago
      i see 575, 599, FF, and alfa romeo 8c
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boring look but amazing specs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ferrari needs to go back to Pininfarina or some other outside design staff. This is a travesty of ridiculous flares, swoops, edges, loops, scoops and bulges. It looks like they put every design fad in a food processor and spit this out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You do realize Pininfarina designed this car.... as well as the FF. The car will look prettier in person given its scale and smooth lines, but I am not into the FF style headlight and grill at all - it's like a Mazda RX-8 turned into a dragon.
      Hello Paul!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or have new Ferraris of late taken on a decidedly "far eastern" look? Playing to a new audience, perhaps?
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      if you think its over styled you probably drive a camry
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