Ferrari F12berlinetta in Norwood, MA

  
The F12berlinetta not only ushers in a whole new generation of Prancing Horse 12-cylinders, but is also the most powerful and high performance Ferrari ever built.

The F12berlinetta's 200-bar, direct injection 6262 cc 65° V12 delivers absolutely unprecedented performance for a naturally aspirated 12-cylinder engine in terms of both power and revs. It has a maximum power output of 740 CV at 8250 rpm, while its specific power output is 118 CV/l, a record for this kind of engine. Responsiveness and strong pick-up are assured by maximum torque of 690 Nm, 80% of which is already on tap at 2500 rpm. 

Exceptional strides have also been made regarding fuel consumption and emissions, both of which have been slashed by 30% to 15l/100 km and 350 g/km of CO2, making the F12berlinetta a benchmark for its reference segment. 

Its wheelbase is also shorter, the engine and driver seat have been lowered, and the rear is more compact thanks to the new suspension and gearbox layout. It is a shorter, lower, and narrower car than the previous V12 coupé. Weight distribution is also ideal (54% at the rear), with the center of gravity lowered and moved towards the rear in the chassis. 

The F12berlinetta's spaceframe chassis and bodyshell are both entirely new. In fact, they incorporate no less than 12 different aluminum alloys, some of which have never been used before in the automotive industry. Various assembly and component joining technologies are also used. This has helped keep the car's weight down to 1525 kg and maximize the efficiency of its performance, with torsional rigidity increased by 20%. 

The F12berlinetta's aerodynamics were developed hand in hand with its styling, incorporating a wealth of innovative solutions. These include the Aero Bridge, which uses the bonnet for the first time to create downforce, and Active Brake Cooling, a system of guide vanes on the brake air ducts which open only if brake operating temperatures are high enough. As a result, it is the most overall aerodynamically efficient Ferrari ever - a fact attested to by a figure of 1.12 (double that of the 599 GTB Fiorano), with Cd of just 0.299, and downforce of 123 kg at 124 mph. 

The result of collaboration between the Ferrari Style Centre and Pininfarina, the F12berlinetta's styling focuses on brilliantly balanced proportions. It has an original, innovative look with many signature elements from the Ferrari 12-cylinder tradition. The car is clothed in sleek, aggressive lines and despite its compact exterior size, offers an absolutely superb standard of cabin space and comfort. The rear of the F12berlinetta is characterized by a modern, functional reinterpretation of the Kamm tail, which seamlessly integrates the two vertical fences of the rear diffuser. The resulting original T-shape also incorporates two full LED circular taillights and the F1-inspired rear fog light. 

The F12berlinetta's technical spec is completed by the very latest carbon ceramic braking system (CCM3), the evolution of the magnetorheological suspension (SCM-E), and advanced vehicle dynamics control systems (E-diff, ESC, F1-Trac, and performance ABS). The controls are integrated in a single, faster ECU with model-based software.
 

 

 

 
Powertrain
The 6262cc 65-degree V12 is the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 yet. Maximum power is 740 CV for a specific output of 118 CV per liter and 690 Nm of torque. 80% of that torque figure is on tap from 2500 rpm, allowing massive acceleration up to the 8700 rpm red line. Just like Ferrari's F1 engines, the V12 boasts very low levels of inertia to ensure that the engine revs rapidly. Development was concentrated on a number of areas including the compression ratio, which has been increased to 13.5:1. The lower crankcase was completely redesigned to help reduce the car's center of gravity. The engine sits 30mm lower and further back in the chassis compared to the 599 GTB Fiorano. The V12 feeds power to the rear wheels through the dual-clutch F1 transmission, which gives instantaneous gear shifts. The transmission features close gear ratios developed specifically to suit the car's performance, and is integrated with the electronic E-Diff to reduce overall weight. Internal friction losses have been reduced to a minimum, and innovative technologies have been employed, such as the multi-spark ignition function which implements three successive sparks of different intensity and duration.  This reduces fuel consumption by 30% compared to the 599 GTB Fiorano, despite the increase in power and torque.