Here are the first driving impressions of the new Ferrari F12berlinetta, driven on the road and the track by our test driver Lorenzo Baroni, during the official presentation that took place this morning at Fiorano, where new technical features were also revealed.
“The new Ferrari F12berlinetta has an impressive sound especially at high speeds, is a symphony more acute than the V8 and less spluttering at lower and medium revs, but at the same time sophisticated and elegant. On the road the front turn out to be direct and highly precise, while on the track the behaviour is more neutral and balanced compared to the 599 GTB. The centre of gravity is lower and has been moved back, with a 54% static weight distribution being shifted on the rear axle.
Very fast when cornering and keeping a flat stance during turn-in, the F12berlinetta is capable of maximising traction control and improve stability, when accelerating out of bends. It combines the beauty of front engine cars, with a feather-weight rear that is very easy to control and realign when giving gas, to the performance of central engine sportscars, with similar travelling speed. The engine has an amazing power, redlining in higher gears quickly.
Braking feels good thanks to the Pre-Fill system that shorten the distance between brake pads and disc when taking the foot off the accelerator pedal. Very cool the Manettino on the steering wheel that perfectly manage traction and stability control systems: the RACE mode enhance driving pleasure by increasing grip, when driving fast, but to make the most of the engine exuberance on track, it’s possible to select Traction Control Off, which disable traction and leaves the wheels to spin until the stability system is turned back on, and ESP OFF that leaves the F12berlinetta and its mighty 740 hp under the pilot’s right foot control and to his guts… ”