740 bHp with 509 lb. of torque, a maximum of 340 kmh and 0-100 in 3.1 seconds with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. What produces such a beast you ask? One word: Ferrari. To be more exact, Ferrari’s fastest ever road car. It moves faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano track than the Enzo and 599 GTO.
So what does this beast pack under his hood to make him go so fast? A 6.3 liter naturally aspirated Ferrari V12 engine with crinkle-finish intake plenums which have these odd hollow projections at the front passive resonators. They supposedly help evenly pressurise the cylinder filling… Equal length exhaust headers have been sensibly tuned to induce the signature roaring sound of a V12.
But don’t let the rumbling sound fool you, this is very much a road car, and an excellent one at that. The hydraulic steering is quick and effortless. Even with the electronics switched off the F12 has a degree of under steer built in to keep you on the road and out of the bushes. The F12’s custom Michelin Super Sport tires also play a significant role in handling of course. Not even to start on the new generation carbon-ceramic brakes.
Now we all know elegance matters to Ferrari so you won’t find awkward spoilers or wings on any of the new models- Including gossip about the new Enzo… The F12 front wings are for aerodynamic purposes only; other little touches include flaps that open to aid brake cooling, vents above the rear wheel and another in the centre of the bonnet to reduce air pressure.
Interior include a stylish modern leather design and a big stereo.
With all that being said and drooled over, the F12 is a ‘grown-up’ car; which hugely satisfies.
It has the GT’s vibe, but this is mostly because the V12, two-seater is Ferrari’s most used type. It’s reliable, comfortable and has a lot of confidence.
Now if you’re looking in the ‘Cars for sale’ department expect to pay a whopping R3.031.946 for this baby to be exact… At least it includes a seven year, unlimited mileage maintenance plan. Beat that Opel!
I think I only love this car because it’s faster than a Las Vegas Chapel Wedding.