Ferrari reveals 2013 F12 Berlinetta ahead of Geneva debut

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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This is it, the fastest Ferrari road car … ever. The new F12 Berlinetta comes as a replacement for Ferrari's 599 GTB Fiorano and was revealed on Ferrari's website ( in three-layer Rosso Berlinetta red prior to its scheduled debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Like the 599, the F12 Berlinetta makes use of a front-mounted V12 engine with power routed to the rear wheels. The 6.2-litre, 65-degree V12 in the F12 Berlinetta produces an astonishing 740 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque, with 80 percent of that torque available at 2,500 rpm. The engine will surge all the way up to a rev limit of 8,700 rpm and comes mated to an F1 dual-clutch transmission with close gear ratios developed specifically for the F12 Berlinetta. As is the case with other sportscars and supercars, the F12 Berlinetta has a rearward weight bias, with a front-to-rear weight ratio of 46/54.

The new Ferrari can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. When travelling at its maximum speed, the F12 Berlinetta will exceed 340 km/h. It can lap Ferrari's Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute and 23 seconds, which is faster than any other Ferrari road car.

When compared to its predecessor, the F12 Berlinetta exhibits a 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption while producing CO2 emissions of 350 g/km. Ferrari's new supercar also has a spaceframe chassis and bodyshell comprised of 12 different kinds of alloys, and boasts a 20 percent increase in structural rigidity. In addition to increased stiffness, the advanced structure of the F12 Berlinetta allows for a dry weight (devoid of vehicle fluids, cargo and passengers) of 1,525 kg - 70 kg less than the 599.

New innovations in aerodynamics have led to improved downforce and reduced drag due in part to the F12 Berlinetta's Aero Bridge and Active Brake Cooling systems. The Aero Bridge uses the hood to generate downforce by routing air away from the upper portion of the vehicle and toward the wheel wells, which also decreases drag. In addition to this, Ferrari's Active Brake Cooling system reduces drag by opening guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts at high temperatures. The F12 Berlinetta has a drag coefficient of 0.299 and a 76 per cent improvement in downforce. In fact, the new Ferrari will generate 123 kg of downforce while travelling at 200 km/h.

Other new features of the F12 Berlinetta include the latest versions of Ferrari's carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) and magneto-rheological suspension control system (SCM-E). The F12 Berlinetta is also equipped with other, now conventional Ferrari technologies such as a high-performance anti-lock braking system, ESP Premium stability control, E-Diff electronic limited-slip differential and F1-Trac traction control.

Ferrari's F12 Berlinetta will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens on March 8, 2012. Once it goes on sale later this year, the new Ferrari will compete with the very best of the world's other supercar manufacturers.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Ferrari, 2013, F12 Berlinetta, Exotic, Supercar,

Geographic location: Geneva

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