The F12berlinetta

Sep 14, 2012

The F12berlinetta ushered in a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders when it debuted on the first tee of the Pebble Beach Golf Links in August.

With its 6262cc, 65-degree V-12 engine, the F12berlinetta is the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever built, according to a press release. The vehicle’s efficient engine, combined with its advanced architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, guarantees unsurpassed driving involvement.

The F12berlinetta’s new Prancing Horse 12-cylinder accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 120 mph in less than 8.5 seconds.

“Both beautiful and breathtakingly fast, the F12berlinetta carries forward the traditions of the great Ferraris of today and yesteryear,” said Marco Mattiacci, president and CEO of Ferrari North America.

Scaglietti, renowned for its expertise in aluminum materials and construction, designed an all-new space frame chassis and body shell using 12 kinds of alloys, some of which were used for the first time in the automotive sector. As a result, the F12berlinetta’s weight was reduced to 3,362.05 pounds and its structural rigidity was decreased by 20 percent.

Immediate turn-in, smaller steering wheel angles, increased cornering speed and reduced stopping distances contribute to the F12berlinetta’s maximum driving involvement and benchmark performance, the release noted.

The design of the vehicle was the result of a collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Center and Pininfarina, balancing aerodynamics with typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engine V-12 cars. The F12berlinetta’s aerodynamic efficiency is due to the car’s compact design and new layout with a lower center of gravity further back in the chassis.

Highlights of the interior include all-new handcrafted Frau leather; a light and lean dashboard with carbon fiber and aluminum air vents; and additional luggage capacity behind the seats.

Deliveries of the F12berlinetta to the U.S. are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013.