Ferrari’s first hybrid offering and judging by its racing credentials it may also be the best model it has ever built. This vehicle employs active aerodynamics, to achieve the handling characteristics required to operate at high speeds.
The F12berlinetta, introduced to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, replaces the 599 series grand tourers. The naturally aspirated 6.3 litre Ferrari V12 engine in the F12berlinetta has won the International Engine of the Year Awards 2013 in the Best Performance category and Best Engine above 4.0 litres.
Under the long, low hood is a 65-degree V-12 engine displacing 6.3 liters and generating a whopping 730 horsepower at 8,500 rpm. Maximum torque of 509 pound-feet also arrives rather high in the rpm range, at 6,000 rpm, though Ferrari says at least 80 percent of maximum torque is available from as low as 2,500 rpm.
Ferrari’s variety of personalization services, including the Tailor Made program, can realize nearly any desired modification. The cost of these services can be high, but then, that’s not a problem for most F12berlinetta owners.
The F12berlinetta is fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, with the tyre codes 255/35ZR20 at the front and 315/35ZR20 at the rear.
The body of the F12berlinetta is designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, and shares some styling elements with other recent Ferrari models.