Ferrari F12 Berlinetta revealed

6 Mar, 2012 1:00pm Sam Hardy

New 2012 599 replacement is the most powerful Ferrari road car ever with 730bhp

This is the new 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – the most powerful road car ever to wear the famous prancing horse badge, thanks to a 730bhp 6.3-litre V12 engine. 

That figure eclipses even the 700bhp Lamborghini Aventador – but the replacement for the 599 GTB Fiorano is not just about headline power. It's also lighter, smaller and more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor. 

Video: Watch our video of the new F12 Berlinetta

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the front-engined, rear-drive two-seater has a striking aluminium body that mixes cues from the current 599 with a grille and headlight combination inspired by the FF. 

It's more compact than its predecessor, though, at 4.62m long. That means it is 47mm shorter than before as well as being 20mm narrower and 63mm lower. Thanks to an all-new aluminium spaceframe chassis, it also weighs 70kg less, tipping the scales at just 1,525kg in dry trim. 

Expertise gained from Formula One and the 599 XX has been applied to the body too. The sweep you can see running from the top of the wing is not just for show. Called the Aero Bridge, it channels air away from the bonnet to reduce drag. In addition, the F12's Active Brake Cooling system uses flaps in the front wing edges which open up speed to cool the carbon-ceramic brake discs. 

Look at the top of the rear wing and you can just about make out a vent. Although it hasn't been confirmed, it is thought that a fan is located in the rear wing, which draws air through the vent to the rear, creating an F1-style blown diffuser. 

All these tweaks reduce the aero Cd drag coefficient to just 0.299 while the shape actually produces real downforce – 123kg at 124mph, up 76 per cent on the 599 GTB.

Together with a lower overall weight and extra power, the F12 Berlinetta is enormously fast. As well as producing 730bhp at 8,500rpm – up 118bhp on the 599 GTB – it has 690Nm of torque, an increase of 83Nm. 

Hooked up to a development of the seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox in the FF and California, with shortened ratios, the F12 Berlinetta does 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds (0.6 seconds faster) with a top speed of 211mph (up 6mph). It can also accelerate from 0-124mph in just 8.5 seconds. 

With lower weight, better aerodynamics and stop-start, it's also more efficient than the old 599 GTB, claiming 18.8mpg, up from 15.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 350g/km, down from 415g/km. 

Standard equipment includes the latest evolution of Ferrari's magnetic damping system, along with an electronic differential. As a result of the lighter weight and increased power, Ferrari says the F12 Berlinetta can lap the Fiorano circuit in just 1min 23 seconds, making it faster than any other Ferrari road car. 

The cabin is inspired by the FF. Ferrari says it incorporates all-new Frau leather, and new carbon fibre and aluminium air vents. Most of the car's controls are located on the steering wheel. It should be reasonably practical too with a hatchback tailgate and space behind the rear seats for luggage.  

The F12 Berlinetta is available to order at the Geneva Motor Show.

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I know, there is actually no radio needed - but can you order one with it? Or did I didn't see it yet? ;)

Ferrari have produced another work of art to their range! This car is almost sculpture like, just oozing sensual, exquisite curves and lines. There's so many touches and details I like, such as, the side crease line, the way it meets the front wheel arch, I love the jewellery like button console, the alloy wheels too, are really nicely styled, the bumper front sill too is a stroke of brilliance! I think Ferrari really now, have reached new heights of excellence in design and engineering, and in my opinion, are finest sportcars cars in the world right now! If I won the lottery, Ferrari would be my only choice!

I knew this day would come eventually. There now exists a car more beautiful than the AM Vantage. The king is dead... long live the king!!


She's a beauty from every angle and the dynamics should be fantastic . How much over 200 will she go ?

Is this an i-phone bolted under the rear plate?

I'm lost for words on how dramatic this car looks... this is by far the best-looking Ferrari of all-time!

And Stivans, look at the rear of an F1 car, then look at the rear of this. Now can you tell what it is?

Right, it is not an i-phone. Then I guess it is the dial pad for opening the boot from outside (I dont see any keyhole so must be it)

Dont worry some of us have a sense of humour!

Hope its not an iphone anyways, it will be controlled by its maker and only allowed to do what they want it too and on the roads they want!

Another P.O.S from Fiat...More power and still slower than the Aventador (3.1 to the Lambo's 2.9 with 30 BHP less), which they obviously took inspiration (just look at the front grille!)...LOL...they still have much to learn from their competion!
P.S: How about going back to the drawing board with that crappy 4-wheel drive from the FF?

The Aventador is only 0.2 seconds quicker to 60 because of 4WD launch. Besides, speed isn't determined to 0-60 launches or top speed, but how fast the car is in between gears. I'm pretty sure the nimbler, lighter Ferrari will trounce the Veyron-esque proportioned Aventador.

Yeah...they always say was the Countach, the Diablo, The the end all Ferrari's got their asses handed to them...
Look at that...lighter, more powerful and still it's slower than the Anventador...
Any car can be better than a Ferrari, but people adore an Over-expensive Fiat, so no chance the better car gets recognition...Just look at the McLaren Mp4-12c vs Ferrari 458 example...." has the little horse in front!? Iit must be better then!"

Who cares about Lamborgini anyway?? Ferrari steals the show now!! Did you forget Ferrari is in F1? winning 7 constructer's titles and being the most successful manufacturer of all-time! Did you forget Ferrari broke many circuit lap records, including Nurburgring, Mugello etc...What records do Lamborgini hold? Btw, you quoted 'put people just adore an over-expensive Fiat' so does that mean Lamborgini is an over-expensive VW then? being owned by VW. Just face it, Ferrari is top, so stop being jealous and learn to appreciate more.

Who cares about F1? F1 is dead since Ayrton Senna died.
Most sucessful? Yeah, we've seen the tactics they use to win them and the protection they sustain from FIA.
Qualitywise VW is better than Fiat in every country in the world!
Top only in nearsighted people's view like you! They've been beaten by almost every competitor, in real life not on a biased competition. Porsche, Mercedes, Lamborghini, Lexus, Nissan, you name it . If you know anything about Ferrari's story you know who's the jealous and arrogant one! Damn Ferrari tiffosi!

Doesn't matter what you say Lamborgini isn't in Formula 1 and never won ANYTHING in F1. F1 is 1st division, the rest is 2nd, 3rd rate and insignificant. It's one of the reasons why Ferrari always has the upper hand on Lamborgini and Porsche in terms of prestige and pedigree and is the best Sportscar Marque in the world without equal. Yeah better, that's why VW had to buy Italian Design house Giugiaro Design! That's why VW Ceo Piech wants to buy Alfa Romeo! that's why Fiat outsells VW in Brazil! Remember the UK isn't a main market for Fiat. Fiat does some excellent models like the Linea, Palio saloons, new Uno etc... which you can't buy here. 'Jealous' I think you mean Mr Lamborgini (former tractor maker) who was so jealous of Mr Ferrari (established) started his own sportscars to compete! Define 'better' in which way better? please elaborate.

Man, get your facts right, Fiat only sells better in Brazil because it is cheaper, Period! And 1 country > The Whole world !? Since when? And talk about the crap they try and sell people, like that wheel dropping Stylo, for example, or doors falling off hinges in Unos ! (Yeah, i know the Brazilian market, fyi!).VW wanted Alfa-Romeo so they could replace Seat for it! They wanted a well established brand! Feruccio Lamborghini started building sports cars because he wanted to make a point to stupid and arrogant Mr. Enzo Ferrari(Maybe if he had started as tractor builder like Ferdinand or Ferruccio he wouldnt be so full of himself!) . Again, check your fact before making an ass of your self. Even Ford delivered Ferrari's ass to them in LeMans. Honda, Renault, Porsche, Mercedes outclassed the so called "best Sports car marque in the world without equal" in F1 (That one made me laugh hard!) and dont need the antics that Ferrari seems fond of using to winning races and championships!
Better in technology, beauty, style and craftmanship! Prestige? Dont make me laugh...A Lamborghini will always attract more attention than a Ferrari, just look at a Miura, Countach, Diablo Murcielago or a Aventador...

Well, I'm afraid I have to disagree with everything you've said. Fiat sells better in Brazil because it's BETTER! better design, better engines, better model range, better everything! '1 Country>the whole world' really?? Actually, Fiat has many main markets including Poland, France, Portugal, India, Argentina, Slovakia, Russia etc etc.. shows your complete, utter ignorance and stupidity for all to see. Le Mans is a 2nd division race, Ferrari doesn't care or participate, actually Ferrari rank 2nd overall for most wins of all-time, not bad really is it? With the exception of Porsche, that's better than all the other marques you mentioned! You must be joking!, Ferrari is better than Lamborgini in everthing: technology, style, craftmanship, prestige, innovation, that's why Fiat sold it! Lamborgini was always inferior and is still inferior. The last great Lamborgini was the Countach (under Italian ownership) now theyre just boring and knowone cares anymore about Lamborgini. VW have ruined the spirit and soul of Lamborgini becoming bastardized Germanized, just part of VW's portofolio, ugly styling, sanitized, clinical, Italian passion gone. VW have only improved sales fiqures and dealer networks.