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Ferrari reveals the incredible F12 Berlinetta

599 GTB replacement gets 730 bhp and new aero tech...

The wait is finally over – Ferrari has just revealed the replacement for the 599 GTB – the F12 Berlinetta ahead of the full unveiling in Geneva at next week’s Motor Show. And the wait was definitely worth it…

After months of speculation, rumours and many ham-fisted speculative renders, Ferrari has finally given the public what they want and shown off their new GT – and what a car it is. Firstly, some bare stats to set the tone:

6.3 litre V12

730 bhp

508 lb/ft

0-62 mph in 3.1 secs

0-124 mph in 8.5 secs

1525 kg

Those specs make it comfortably the most powerful Ferrari ever made, also one of the fastest with that sprint time. The top speed is quoted as ‘Over 340 km/h’ which is over 211 mph, so pretty fast there too. What stats they haven’t given out, and the ones that will show the true pace of this Supercar GT are the in-gear times. With that much power and torque the F12 will certainly be one of the quickest cars on sale today.

Most expected the new model to be called the F620 GT, but again Ferrari surprised everyone by naming it the F12 Berlinetta. We can only assume that the 12 refers to the number of cylinders and that this may mark a new naming convention for the Italian maker.

As with any Ferrari, the styling is outrageous. The front end has hints of the 4 seater FF, but angrier and far more aggressive. Imagine the FF just had its lunch money stolen and you get the idea. There’s a large grille, with variable opening sections on the outer edges of the bumper and a deep front splitter. The front wings curve over the wheels and dip down into the bonnet, creating aerodynamic grooves that channel the air to new openings in the top of the wing (known as the Aero Bridge), exiting behind the rear wheels turning into deep grooves in the side, all proven in the wind tunnel and extensive CFD modelling.

The rear arches again curve evocatively over the rear wheels, flicking up at the top edge creating a sort-of Kamm-tail arrangement. At the rear is probably the biggest styling break for Ferrari, with the single round lights on either side, enclosed in a panel that curves downward to the centre of the diffuser, while the quad exhausts sit outboard of this in the bumper.

Overall the design is light years ahead of the 599, managing to be both aggressive and beautiful at the same time. Inside it’s business as usual for the new Ferrari with a very similar design to the FF, including the passenger display for engine revs, gear etc.

The F12 Berlinetta is also packed full of the latest technological advances Ferrari has to offer, including the latest version of the dual clutch gearbox, latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) and the evolution of the magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E). As is now traditional with all Ferraris, its control systems (E-Diff, ESC, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS) are all fully integrated.

With all these features and specs we think the F12 Berlinetta will be unstoppable – it should offer the performance to better the Lamborghini Aventador, with the practicality and liveability of their front (mid) engine, rear driven layout. May the day we can test drive one arrive as soon as possible.

Ferrari are sure to release more images and videos upon the Geneva reveal, so check back to see more on the 6th March.

Images courtesy of Ferrari

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more