The 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta carries on the brand’s tradition of fast, sexy, sleek front-engined cars. It’s proportions remain classical even though all of the details look to be drawn from the future—or the wind tunnel.
Outclassing all of the Ferrari range in terms of power, except for the LaFerrari hybrid supercar, the F12 Berlinetta sports a hefty $330,000 price tag. Buying that ticket entitles the owner to an incredible ride, however, with the sights, sounds, and emotional driving experience all tuned to Ferrari’s maximum.
Under the hood, a 6.3-liter V-12 engine sits, generating 729 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque with its redline at a wailing 8,700 rpm. According to Ferrari, 80 percent of that torque is available from 2,500 rpm, helping to accelerate the rear-drive supercar to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The F12 Berlinetta’s top speed is claimed to be greater than 211 mph.
The long, low body of the F12 Berlinetta is covered in dramatic, swooping lines. The most characteristic element of the exterior is a line that rises over the front fender before diving sharply to rise again along the side as it reaches for the tail of the car. At the nose, an aggressive face presents the F12’s intent, blending both aesthetics and aerodynamics.
Inside the F12 Berlinetta, the cabin is, as you’d expect of Ferrari’s top GT, luxurious: leathers wrap most human interface elements, while high-tech F1-inspired switchgear adorns the controls. The steering wheel, in particular, reflects the F1 provenance of much of the F12 Berlinetta’s technology, with a “manettino” control layout of switches, knobs, and buttons.
There are no shortage of features and equipment inside the F12, either, especially with the aid of a customized design from Ferrari’s personalization service, Tailor Made. With Tailor Made, the sky is the limit—materials, colors, options, technology—nearly anything the buyer can think of can be done—for a price.
We haven’t yet had a chance to drive the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, but we’ll update this space once we do.
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The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta offers nearly unmatched power, and is backed by the brand’s legendary racing and street car history. As a result, few cars truly equal the F12, but there are several cars that might attract buyers interested in a super-performance coupe. Among those is the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT, which packs nearly as much power, more torque, and a decidedly unique style; it lacks much of the refinement and luxury of the Ferrari, however. The Audi R8 is another alternative, with the advantage of quattro all-wheel drive, a range of engine options, and a much smaller price tag; at the same time, the R8 lacks the F12’s curb appeal, exotic feel, and cachet. The Bentley Continental GT Speed might make a similar argument for luxury, performance, and cachet, but it can’t match the raw passion of the F12. Finally, Ferrari’s own FF is a real alternative, capturing all of the Ferrari-ness of the F12, but adding the utility of greater cargo space and all-wheel drive, if at slightly lower power and performance levels.