Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The ferocious dancing horse

"F12 like F16 Jetfighter!" said Issam

"It has the modern race-bred aggressive look"

"Catch me if you can…"

"If the symphony of the V12 doesn't cause your pulse to sprint, go see a cardiologist or buy an EV"

"Expression of the pure Ferrari DNA"

Is 740 horsepower enough for me? Well, I ran out of words.

Those 740 ponies have the ability to propel you towards tomorrow at a shocking eye blink! Here is another masterpiece from Maranello. The Ferrari F12berlinetta is a mid-front-engined coupe that is more expensive and more powerful than any

road-going member of the Prancing Horse's lineup, save for the mighty, limited edition LaFerrari.

Bucking the industry's downsizing trend, the F12berlinetta uses a naturally-aspirated 6.3 liter V12 engine that churns out 740 horsepower and 690 Nm of torque. Linked to a seven speed dual-clutch gearbox, the mill sends the F12 from zero to 100 kph in 3.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 340 kph.

The F12berlinetta engine delivers absolutely unprecedented performance for a naturally aspirated 12 cylinder engine. Responsiveness and strong pick-up is guaranteed by maximum torque of 690 Nm, 80 percent of which is already on tap at 2500 rpm, with a constant surge of power all the way up to the 8700 rpm rev limit. Just as is the case with F1 engines, the V12 has very low inertia and thus revs rise very rapidly.

The seven speed F1 dual-clutch transmission boosts both performance and ride comfort at once. The technology involved is based on the independent management of odd and even gears which are pre-selected using two different in-put shafts. Gear shifting time - calculated as the overlap between the opening and closing phases of the two clutches - is thus zero and there is no interruption of torque delivery to the wheels. Shortened ratios have been developed for the F12berlinetta and 7th gear is a direct ratio, not an overdrive, to ensure that the car's huge performance potential can be exploited in every gear. The E-Diff3 electronic differential has also been integrated into the gearbox, helping to cut the car's overall weight.

The F12berlinetta delivers truly extraordinary performance and driving involvement thanks to its highly evolved transaxle architecture which was developed with extremely ambitious objectives in mind. These were to reduce overall weight, lower and move the center of gravity rearwards in the chassis, and reduce the car's frontal area whilst contemporaneously increasing passenger and luggage space compared to the previous V12 coupe to ensure maximum comfort over lengthier journeys. To achieve these objectives, the engineers lowered the engine, dashboard and seats. Furthermore, the rear of the car is now more compact, due to the repositioning and reduction in size of the fuel tank (permitted in part by a more efficient engine which delivers the same range as before) and to the new transaxle layout allowed by the rear multi-link suspension and F1 dual-clutch transmission with integrated electronic differential.

Chassis and body shell
The F12berlinetta's space frame chassis and body shell are completely new and use different types of materials and technologies, many of which originated in the aeronautical industry. No fewer than 12 different types of alloy have been used, including two new structural alloys. This has helped keep the car's weight down (50 kg has been saved on the body-in-white alone which equates to a saving of 90 kg if the previous chassis were re-engineered to meet crash legislation) and maximize the efficiency of its performance (torsional rigidity has been increased by 20 percent).

The F12berlinetta's aerodynamics were developed hand-in-hand with its styling, using CFD (computational fluid dynamic) simulations along with more than 250 hours of testing in the Wind Tunnel. The F12berlinetta's aerodynamic efficiency brass is mostly generated by three elements: the Aero Bridge, the Blown Spoiler, the aerodynamic underbody. The Aero Bridge is an innovative solution that uses the bonnet to create downforce for the first time. It does so by availing of an aerodynamic channel on each side. These pass below a bridge in the area between the front wheel arch and the bottom of the A-pillar and deflect the airflow into scoops in the flanks where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells to decrease drag. The Blown Spoiler uses the air flows near the rear of the car to modify, via special intakes, the pressure field in the wheel well, boosting overall efficiency. Lastly, the car's flat underbody has been greatly evolved, not least thanks to the fact that the front splitter which is now separate to the bumper. This generates downforce whilst simultaneously directing the air flows towards the rear extractor, improving efficiency.

Aerodynamic dams and semi-cone diffusers have been placed ahead of the front wheels which, as well as generating downforce, also help cool the brakes. The rear dam has the dual role of directing the airflow away from the wheel and generating a vortex that isolates the underbody from the centrifugal forces caused by the movement of the rear wheels. The generous rear diffuser has four fins, the middle two of which have vortex generators, and thus also contributes to the significant increase in downforce. When it comes to integrating fluid dynamics and thermal management, the central air vent on the bonnet boosts the efficiency of the cooling system and also helps lessen the impact of the air on the windscreen at high speeds, creating a cushion that deflects the natural air flow. Drag is also reduced by the Active Brake Cooling system of guide vanes on the brake air ducts which open only if brake operating temperatures are high enough.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center in collaboration with Pininfarina, the F12berlinetta strikes a perfect balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari's front-engined V12 cars.

F12berlinetta's cabin design features a cutting-edge look that is understated yet sophisticated. The interior space has been optimized to ensure that the driving experience is both sporty and comfortable at once. The perfect balance between advanced technologies and the sophisticated, beautifully hand-executed detailing of the Frau leather interior reflects the values that lie at the core of Ferrari's DNA. The design's strongest feature is the logical, ergonomic layout of the various functions within the cockpit: light and essential architecture embraces and enhances the Human Machine Interface, which places all the major controls on the steering wheel, and displays all the main information in the main binnacle straight ahead.

The elimination of the indicator stalks and the clustering of all driver commands on the steering wheel underscore the car's link to the world of racing. More ergonomically efficient F1 paddles and the fact that the driver can reach every single control with his hands firmly on the steering wheel rim ensure maximum performance is achievable in any driving condition. The dashboard is dominated by air vents of a new and innovative design. Of aeronautical inspiration, they are compact and are made from carbon-fiber and aluminium alloy. An optional display is available for the passenger-side dash and keeps the passenger actively involved in the whole driving experience. The tunnel console is both light and functional.

The F12berlinetta's racing manettino puts the emphasis on sporty driving on high grip surfaces, offering drivers ample scope to adjust the electronic control system settings. On the dashboard, the right-hand satellite pod features the controls for the corresponding TFT screen which displays infotainment information. It is also used to control the sat nav, stereo with audio streaming via Bluetooth, voice-activated track, artist, album and song title selection. It is also possible to use a smartphone to connect to internet to listen to web radio, podcasts and download apps.

The main objective with the F12berlinetta's seats was to reduce their volumes as much as possible to ensure freer occupant movement within the cabin while, at the same time, ensure they are extremely comfortable and respect lateral containment geometries. The headrest is fully integrated into the backrest, giving the seat a very modern, track-inspired feel.

Your shopping list in that segment is a bit buzzy with some great supercars. Most of them are not a dedicated daily drive. But I think the closest supercar to be driven on a daily basis in terms of comfort is the F12berlinetta. You can certainly check out Scuderia Lebanon s.a.l., official Ferrari importer in Lebanon, or any importer around the Middle East and the GCC.

Rivals: Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin Vanquish, Mercedes SLS AMG GT, Pagani Huayra, McLaren MP4-12C
Pros: exceptionally powerful, strong presence, lavish interior, collectible car
Cons: limited units' availability, no manual transmission
Engine: 6.3 liter V12, 740hp @ 8250rpm, 690Nm @ 6000rpm
Transmission: 7 speed dual-clutch automatic, RWD
Performance: 0-100kph: 3.1 seconds, top speed: 340kph, 15L/100km
Weight: 1724 kg
4.5 stars
One word: Oh boy!

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