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he introduction of the F12berlinetta adds the finishing flourish to
an all-new range of 12- and 8-cylinder models that, in the space of
just four years, has achieved the objective of offering different
Ferraris for different Ferraristi. New models that match ever-increasing
power outputs with greater efficiency with the result that fuel consumption
and emissions have been reduced by an impressive 30 per cent. A result
achieved through in-depth, 360-degree research into all vehicle systems –
engine, aerodynamics, tyres, brakes and ancillaries.
Available in two new colours, Rosso Berlinetta and Aluminium, the
F12berlinetta at the time of production in early 2012, was the most powerful
and high-performance road-going Ferrari ever. Sporting a new V12 engine,
it is built around highly evolved transaxle architecture and features state-of-
the-art components and control systems. The F12berlinetta’s aerodynamics
have also been honed to the extreme in an innovative design that redefines
classic Ferrari themes.
The F12berlinetta’s wheelbase is shorter and its engine, dashboard and seats
are lower in the chassis. A new suspension and gearbox layout helped reduce
the car’s rear volume. The result is a shorter, lower and narrower car than
the previous V12 coupé. The F12berlinetta boasts ideal weight distribution
(54%
over the rear axle) as well as a lower centre of gravity that is further
back in the chassis.
The F12berlinetta’s space frame chassis and body shell are completely new,
and now incorporate no less than 12 different aluminium alloys, some of
which have been used for the first time in the automotive sector. New
assembly and joining technologies were also adopted in its construction. This
has allowed the car’s overall weight to be kept to just 1525 kg and has
maximised its performance efficiency with torsional rigidity boosted by 20
per cent.
The new, 200-bar direct-injection 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers
unprecedented performance for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. It punches
out a maximum of 740 CV at 8250 rpm, with a specific power output of 118
CV/l and maximum revs of 8700 rpm, record figures for this type of engine.
Responsiveness and strong pick-up is guaranteed by maximum torque of
690
Nm, 80 per cent of which is readily available at 2500 rpm.
Exceptional progress has also been made in terms of fuel consumption and
emissions which have been cut by 30 per cent - putting the F12berlinetta at
the top of the segment with 15/l 100 km and 350 g/km of CO2 respectively.
Aerodynamics play a major role, and a host of innovative solutions have
been discreetly integrated in the F12berlinetta’s styling. These include
the Aero Bridge which, in a first, uses the bonnet to generate down force,
and Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake