Published on 06 Mar 2012 by Adriano
The Ferrari’s stand at the ongoing 2012 Geneva Motor Show is one of the most crowded ones, but this year the excitement surrounding it is even more palpable than usual. The reason for that is simple: the world get its first chance to see the brand new F12berlinetta, the unbelievable new V12 coupe from the legendary Italian manufacturer that is bound to haunt the dreams of every motorist around the world.
The beauty of this machine is just blinding, and with the clear goal of out-Ferrari any other Ferrari out there written in its DNA, the model actually makes any other car from the Maranello-based carmaker like it’s from a different age. Technically speaking though, it really is from another planet. Under the bonnet pulses a 6.3-litre V12 unit with direct injection capable of delivering an output of 740 hp (redlining at 8,700 rpm) with 690 Nm of peak torque (80% of which is already available from 2,500 rpm). coupled to a F1 derived dual clutch transmission, the F12berlinetta is also considerably more environmentally friendly that the 599, consuming 30% less fuel and with CO2 emission rated at 350 g/km. Top speed is 340 km/h (211 mph), while the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) gets thrashed in just 3.1 seconds, hitting the 200 km/h mark in 8.5 seconds. Weighing in at only 1525 kg (70 kg less than the previous V12 coupe), the F12berlinetta also boasts a remarkable weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1 kg/hp. As for the cabin, it has been optimised to ensure maximum usability with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the large aperture offered by the tail-gate. If you want to know even more about the new Ferrari flagship, please check our previous, extensive post on the subject, also inclusive of the official press the release from the Italian automaker.
Inevitably overshadowed by its larger-than-life sister, the revamped Ferrari California could still win the Oscar for best car in a supporting role. From an aesthetic point of view, the model is not too different from the one it is about to replace, but under the bonnet the changes are quite relevant. The weight of its 4.3-litre V8 goes down from 1630 to 1600 kg, whereas its output got boosted from 460 hp with 485 Nm of peak torque up to 490 hp with 505 Nm. The car also gets new software and several other upgrades, while its torque curve will be higher and better distributed over the whole rpm spectrum. Check out our exclusive photo gallery.
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