The press presentation of the Ferrari F12berlinetta, as you can see from the pictures, was a very exclusive event and we were among the very few invited by Ferrari. Here is a brief summary of what has been explained by Jean-Jacques His, Head of Engine Development, with the support of a few technical slides. The car boasts true sports performance, enhanced by its smaller size, with a length shortened by 47 mm (now 4618 mm), and an overall width of 1942 mm, 20 mm less.
As mentioned before, the frame’s weight dropped 60 kg, with a total weight of 1525 kg; the chassis has been built using 12 different aluminium alloys. The F12berlinetta becomes therefore the most efficient Ferrari of all time (1.12 twice as the 599 GTB Fiorano), with a Cx of 0.299 and generating a downforce of 123 kg at 200 km / h. Maranello’s engineers have studied an ideal weight distribution of 54% on the rear axle and they moved back and lowered the centre of gravity.
The F12berlinetta wants to be a compelling vehicle not exclusively for the driver: the new display located in front of the passenger seat, between the air vents, it is the most striking example. It provides precise information on speed, engine rev, gear, status information and navigation system. The braking system is also pretty impressive for its category: on the 200-0 Km/h the braking stopping distances has been reduced by 10 m. A result that has also been made possible by the Ferrari Pre-Fill system that activate the brakes by nearing the pads to the disc. The discs, made of carbon-ceramic material, together with the tyres of latest generation provide improved stability during deceleration and high performance ABS, EBD and E-Diff systems ensure braking like a F1 car.
The 65 degrees V12 with total displacement of 6262 cm3 ensures to reach level of performance ever achieved by any naturally aspirated V12, in terms of power and speed. The Ferrari F12berlinetta produces a maximum power output of 740 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a torque of 690 Nm, 80% of which is accessible from 2,500 rpm, the limiter is set at 8,700 rpm and the V12 has a specific power output of 118 hp/l (88 KW/cu in).
The direct fuel injection with multiple jet injectors with pressure at 200 bar, which translates into CO2 emissions reduced by 30% and rated at 350 g / km compared to 490 g / km of the 599 GTB and with an average fuel consumption of 15 litres per 100 km.