The Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano was a lot of things — very long, very fast, very loud — and the F12berlinetta that follows the 599GTB is at least the second two things. The F12berlinetta is motivated by a tweaked version of the Ferrari FF’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine, which here makes an awe-inspiring 731 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque and spins to a ridiculous 8700 rpm. That engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that replaces the 599’s single-clutch F1 setup. The switch makes the car even quicker (and smoother, to boot) and contributes to a 30-percent reduction in fuel consumption. The sprint to 62 mph takes 3.1 seconds, 124 mph arrives in 8.5 seconds, and top speed is a hearty 211 mph, which is even more impressive knowing that Ferrari estimates the F12’s curb weight at 3594 pounds. Keeping all this fun in check is an exterior design that emphasizes aerodynamics (the F12’s front quarter-panels are hollowed out, creating something called the Aero Bridge) and the latest generation of traction and stability control. The F12 is 2.0 inches shorter than the 599, with a center of gravity 1.2 inches lower, which should mean one thing: Although the F12 is not as long as its predecessor, it’s still very loud, very expensive, and very, very fast.
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The F12berlinetta is an all-new model that replaces the Ferrari 599GTB.
Front and side air bags, traction and stability control, and ABS are standard.
Two seconds quicker than the Ferrari Enzo
Waiting list likely already full
Base Price: $330,000 (est.)
TRIM LEVEL: F12berlinetta
BODY STYLE: Hatchback, 2-passenger
ENGINE: 6.3L V-12, 731 hp, 509 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A
CARGO VOLUME: (cargo cover up/down) 11.3/17.6 cu ft