Forgoing the usual succession of variants and upgrades, the launch of an all-new Ferrari is typically a momentous occasion. Particularly when you're talking about Maranello's top-of-the-line V12 supercar. And yet, since the Prancing Horse marque unveiled the new F12 Berlinetta several months ago in Geneva, we've heard and seen little of the 740-horsepower monster. Which could be why we took notice when we came across this new video clip of the F12 lapping the Fiorano test track for which its predecessor was named.

Of course, we could simply be excited because the F12's high-revving 6.2-liter 12-banger emits one of the most delicious exhaust notes known to man. Or because whatever lucky hot-shoe was anointed with the pleasure of ringing out the Berlinetta's neck got it nice and sideways a couple of times. After all, what's the point of channeling over seven hundred horsepower to the rear wheels if you can't break those fat strips of rubber loose? See what we mean in the video below.


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      Jeff Kasman
      • 2 Years Ago
      the downshifts sound like when the raptors communicate in jurassic park
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff Kasman
        I think it sounds like someone spanking an elephant with a heavy bat. Not the impact but the trumpeting.
      HollywoodF1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or does it look from the rear like its wearing a T-back thong?
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      The headline photo of this car looks really good. The otherwise ugly grin is half obscured by shadow and blends in with the rest of the lower fascia. The wide, racy fenders make it look mean, and the headlights look less elongated and dopey when viewed almost straight on with a good 5 inches of wheel arch framing them. It's powersliding on a racetrack, and opposite lock makes cars look cool. Finally, you can't see the rear. I dont mind its rear too much (looks racy with the F1 style brake light, protruding tailpipes et ) but as others described, you cannot unsee the thong shape. And I saw another pic that compared it to an ovary. Now that's not exactly the kind of "racy" that Ferrari had in mind. If given $400,000 to spend on an Italian exotic, I would hands down go with the Aventador, but feel that this would be more compelling to drive on the track and less flawed. I'm a bit skeptic of the sound. Sounded a bit ponderous and slow to downshift, and that it was just hitting its stride before having to change up. Short shifting? Did not sound like nearly 9000rpm and that last portion is always where a high strung V12 comes alive.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this is Ferrari's top GT I can't even imagine what kind of monster the Enzo successor is going to be.
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      OH... MY... GOD... Becky! look at her butt - not a complement
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excuse me ma'am, your thong is showing.
        Anon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Now that you mention it, it really looks bad.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds really stupid on upshifts, and while the V12 sounds decent going away from the camera, it can't ever hold a candle to what earlier ferrari engines sounded like. As we go forward in time, ferrari's become subdued, muzzled, and suppressed shells of what they used to be, all so they can expand their market share to include snooki and kim kardashian. And they just voted the guy responsible for castrating ferrari as 'CEO of the Year' in Italy...bull.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        You are a broken record. You do realize that a lot of the really good sounding old Ferraris have aftermarket exhausts? I think however maybe the direct injection seems to lose some of the glorious overtones, maybe less unburned fuel sloshing out of the exhaust on overrun etc. The 599 GTO is still pretty newish, yet sounds scary good. And in this video, it sounded like short shifting.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          The 599 is the last good-sounding V12 ferrari made, and coincidentally the last car they made that can't be driven by snooki.
        dallifornia
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Nothing says "castrating ferrari [sic]" quite like most powerful Ferrari ever, huh?
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dallifornia
          QC gets it. When you concentrate on numbers, you become a soul-less machine. Aston Martins are hardly the fastest cars in their class, but many people still buy them because they have soul in both their design and their engine notes.
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dallifornia
          It isn't always about numbers. Modern Ferraris would embarass their predecessors on the track, but in looks and sound, the modern ones can't hold a candle to Ferraris of years past.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wasn't crazy about the F12 in photos, but it definitely looks a little nicer in action. Still no 458 though....that one's a future classic. That sound though, good god is it intoxicating. I wish they could bottle that feeling.
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sounds awesome and I'm sure the performance will be nothing short of spectacular, but man is it hideous.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love that wicked fast transmission - the exhaust/induction note almost sounds V10ish, very creative tuning. I don't really have a problem with the rear end - it just looks like a split diffuser and arguably much better than the Enzo. The whole design is still a little 'busy' to me, but the nose is growing on me. And is it me or would it look better with wheels about an inch smaller, especially in front? Still would rather have a 458 Spider.
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cant' wait to see a comparison test between this and the new Vanquish.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ferps
        Given the numbers of the new Vanquish, it and the F12 Berlinetta are nowhere near being in the same class to be "compared". That'd be like a comparison between the DB9 and the Aventador.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      ringing *wringing
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