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Old 02-29-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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This is the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the fastest and most powerful road car in the prancing horse’s illustrious history. Set for a world debut at next week’s Geneva motor show, the 730bhp 6.3-litre V12-powered Ferrari 599 replacement ushers in a new generation of V12 engines that will include an all-new Enzo by the end of the year.

The F12 Berlinetta can crack 0-62mph in just 3.1sec and 0-124mph in just 8.5sec. Its total torque output is 509lb ft, 80 per cent of which is available from 2500rpm. The normally aspirated V12 revs all the way 8700rpm.
It was originally thought to be called the Ferrari 620GT, but the official name references classic Ferraris including the 250 GT Berlinetta.

See official pictures of the new Ferrari

Ferrari also claims the new car has lapped its Fiorano test track in 1m23s, which makes it the fastest Ferrari road car ever to have lapped the circuit. Its maximum speed is claimed to be “over 211mph”.

The engine, which has a specific output of 116bhp/litre in the F12, is based on the same 6262cc 65 degree V12 found in the Ferrari FF. But the F12 produces 80bhp and 5lb ft more than the FF, and its power and torque outputs also eclipse those of the 612bhp, 448lb ft 6.0-litre V12 found in the 599.

While the power has increased dramatically in the F12 over the 599, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have decreased at a similar rate. Fuel economy is claimed to have been improved by more than 10 per cent over the 599’s 15.8mpg combined figure to 18.8mpg, and CO2 emissions have dropped from 415g/km to 350g/km. Both these figures are with the optional stop-start system fitted.

Ferrari has extensively repackaged the rear-drive F12 over the 599 to cope with the extra performance. At 4618mm long, 1942mm wide and 1273mm high, the F12 is 47mm shorter, 20mm narrower and 63mm lower than the 599. The wheelbase is also shorter than the 599’s 2750mm, although Ferrari hasn’t mentioned an exact figure.

Most of the changes have occurred at the rear, where the transaxle F1-style dual-clutch gearbox and rear suspension are repackaged to reduce the volume at the rear. The engine, seats and dashboard are also lower, with the centre of gravity lower and further back than in the 599. The F12’s weight distribution is now an “ideal’ 46/54 front/rear, compared to 47/53 in the 599.

The F12 uses an all-new aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell, which boasts 12 different kinds of alloys. The result, claims Ferrari, is a 20 per cent greater structural increase over the 599 and a dry weight of 1525kg, some 70kg less than the 599.


Ferrari is also highlighting the aerodynamic qualities of the Pininfarina and Ferrari Styling Centre-styled F12. The XX programme has been used to both increase the F12’s downforce over the 599 (which is 76 per cent greater) and cuts its drag coefficient to 0.299.

Several clever aerodynamic aids are used to achieve this. One is the new ‘Aero Bridge’, which channels air from the side bonnet air intakes, through the wheel arches, and then spits it out through the sculpted deep swage lines in the side doors. This significantly decreases drag and better controls turbulent airflow.

Another new aerodynamic aid is Active Brake Cooling, which only opens the brake cooling ducts when the carbon ceramic brakes are hot enough.
A whole host of electronic aids are offered as standard on the F12. It gets Ferrari’s E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac and high-performance ABS systems as standard, alongside the latest evolution Ferrari’s magnetorheological suspension system (SCM-E). Ferrari also claims to have reduced steering angles.

Ferrari claims to have increased rear luggage capacity thanks to making the space behind the two seats accessible from the hinged glass tailgate. The Frau leather interior also gets a lightweight dashboard and lashings of carbonfibre and aluminium trim, with air vents inspired by the aeronautic field.

The F12 will also adopt the ‘Human Machine Interface’ interior control system of the Ferrari 458 and FF, which places almost all major controls on the steering wheel.

Pricing of the F12 has yet to be revealed, but it is expected upwards of £250,000. Order books open at the Geneva show and right-hand drive examples are expected to commence in early 2013.



















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Old 02-29-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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I was never a big fan of the old 612.... that thing however is real hot!

Those Ferrari 5-spokes are played out though.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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Looks like a corvette had sex with a elise.
That is hot.
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Simply awesome in every way.
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That is nothing short of mind bendingly beautiful. I love it in near illegal ways.

I am sure people will chime in to say it is horribe, but this styling direction of Ferrari is bold and I have to say it has captured my imagination.

Is it wrong for a 38 year old man to want a poster hung up in his bedroom! haha
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:20 AM   #7
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^This car was beautiful.

The new one... way over-styled. The amazing power will only truly be appreciated by the handful of people who ever get to experience the car in person.

But this car isn't gorgeous enough for me to want to put a framed poster of it on my wall.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:25 AM   #8
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I have not been too amazed by the latest F cars style direction....

but this one certainly is sweeeet looking!

but no 3rd pedal makes me a sad banana


yea Hip ... i agree, that was beautiful
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^ i agree, that car was beautiful... in almost all angles. but it had a hell of a front overhang that made it look dopey in certain side shots.

this new one however... fap fap fap fap fap!
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Is this car admittedly a derivative of the 612 or are they claiming it's not an evolution of that design?
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Is this car admittedly a derivative of the 612 or are they claiming it's not an evolution of that design?
It's the successor to the 599 GTB
Hard to say it's a derivative of anything though seeing as it has design cues from every F car in recent history.
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That 550 has always been one of my favorites of all time. No doubt. But times moves on, and things evolve. I think from certain angles the 550 looks dated, but still great.

I would certainly take the this new incarnation over the 550.
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Very Ferrari look to it, very good looking. I agree that the rims are rather mundane and don't bring much to the design.
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I dig the RPM and speed readout in front of the Passenger!
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I've never really been BLOWN AWAY by the recent front engined Ferraris, and this one is no exception. It is of course quite beautiful, but at least in pictures, it doesn't feel that special. I know, I know.

Of course I'm sure it will be very impressive in person, if not for any other reason than seeing a brand new Ferrari in person.
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its a little too smiley, isnt it?
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its a little too smiley, isnt it?
it'd match the smile i have on my face while i'm driving it.
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^ i agree, that car was beautiful... in almost all angles. but it had a hell of a front overhang that made it look dopey in certain side shots.

this new one however... fap fap fap fap fap!


This ^^^^^^^^^ doesn't have overhang?

Either way, I love the old and the new.

And I agree with "vapore0n". This car definitely have a mix of the Elise/Evora and a touch of the vette I suppose.
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So beautiful and so Ferrari. I know some people are saying Corvette, but if you take the logo off of it and ask people what it is, I think people would almost always say Ferrari.
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This ^^^^^^^^^ doesn't have overhang?

Either way, I love the old and the new.

And I agree with "vapore0n". This car definitely have a mix of the Elise/Evora and a touch of the vette I suppose.


I am not sure who would expect a front-engined V12 car NOT to have front overhang. The F12 has slightly less, but still has some.

If the wheels were any farther forward, the wheelbase would be incredibly long, with increased torsional and vertical bending stress, and the front end would have to be high and blunt to wrap over the front tires.

In order to have a sleek front end, and for the engine to be supported by the front suspension, there is going to be a front overhang by necessity. A V12 isn't exactly a short-length engine, after all.
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Not bad, but the huge wheels look way too cartoony. So far, the 458 is really the only decent looking thing they've done in the last few years.
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To me seems to have some Alpha Romeo flavor to it, at least when viewed from the back.

Still not a huge fan of the grill, just too cartoonish of a grin, I felt the same way about the FF.
I do love the function as well as form though.

The 458's styling is hard to beat, I love how that car looks.
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You cannot look at side shots only as a measure of front overhang. The two cars the 550 and the F12 if seen side by side in real life, would look extremely different in the front overhang catagory. You have to consider the curvature of the front end. Not just the horizontal distance in front of the front wheels. If the front of the car is a curve, like in the F12, it will appear to have VERY little or no overhang if it curves back to the wheel arches.

However, if the front end is straight like in the more 90's styled 550, then the front end overhang becomes far more pronounced. A top view would show far more.



You see, you can tell from a rear 3/4 shot. The front blends all the way back to the wheel arches, the front overhang is essentially nill

However,



You can see here that viewed almost at the same angle, that the more squared front end, makes the front overhang FAR more noticeable

Really this is elementary design stuff here. You do not need a degree in design to pen a beautiful car. You just need a sense of space and flow and an eye for something beautiful.
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Most of the reason for that... is the HUGE wheel fitment obscuring the forward view. The F12 probably wears at least 20" wheels, where the 550 probably wore 17 or 18" rears and 17" fronts.

And the V12 engine hasn't shrunk, so the fenders and hood have to be high enough to cover it on the 550. 20" wheels and associated tires require more wheel well in the front fender, and obscure that acute angle view from the rear quarter.

The F12's huge grinning grille belies the narrower width of the front end on the F12, when viewed from the front, and makes the front of the F12 seem just as wide, or wider.

You can see that the wheel design is derived from the 550... and the window graphic is not that far off, considering how different the 599 is from these two... they have tried to infuse a little bit of 550/575 DNA back into the F12. Almost like applying a couple of 550-ish roofline and a couple of other changes to a hotter, RWD version of the FF.

I wish they had used a bit more 550 DNA... and made the design a bit cleaner, and more classically gorgeous. That is why I would go with Aston Martin, instead, for a car of this type. I hope they have an answer to this V12... like bringing a version of One-77's V12 into the next gen of the DB9/DBS/Virage/Rapide.

However, if Novitec or Hamann, or some other tuner actually gives this car a nice face, and a bit less of a pompadour tail, and a properly front facing hood scoop... This could be a good looking car. The wave shape extractor in the fender and door is interesting.

I am still waiting for someone to clean up the face of the F458... those cavities inboard of the headlights, where the fascia doesn't meet the bonnet lid, and the boring front intakes IRK me. At least the Spyder is pretty slick, and cures the weird c-pillar issue of the coupe, and is almost more automated-targa than true convertible, which is interesting.

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