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Ferrari F12: Buying guide and review (2012-present)

Ferrari F12: Buying guide and review (2012-present) Classic and Performance Car
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While Ferrari has become recognised as the defining supercar marque for building mid-engined V8 Spyders and stunning hybrid hypercars like the LaFerrari, it’s arguably front-engined V12 modes which are most significant of all. After all, it’s a configuration which gave Ferrari its maiden victories at both Le Mans and in Formula 1. The F12berlinetta is the latest in a long line of the breed. 
 
Though sharing a cylinder count with the 125, the F12’s engine has grown somewhat from the first ever V12 Ferrari’s 1.5 litre capacity. The 6262cc unit pumps out a staggering 730bhp and 509lb ft - the former figure 118bhp more than mustered up by even its predecessor, the 599 GTB. Thanks to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with a launch control function, the F12 shrugs off the 0-60mph dash in 3.1 seconds. Top speed officially stands at 211mph.
 
The front mid-engined chassis makes use of aluminium alloys to form a structure both 20 per cent more rigid yet 70kg lighter than the 599, while the 20-inch wheels (wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres), are kept in check via magnetorheological dampers and an electronic limited-slip differential. Carbon ceramic brake discs are standard.
 
All these ingredients mix together to create one of the finest GT cars of the decade. When Evo Magazine tried the F12, they described it as possessing “the best drivetrain of any road car on sale.” It’s the engine that dominates the driving experience, and it helped the F12 to second place in evo’s Car of the Year feature in 2013.
 
Which one to buy?
 
To date, Ferrari has produced two production versions of the F12: the standard Berlinetta, and from late 2015, the F12tdf. Resurrecting the iconic Tour de France name from Ferrari’s past, it becomes the most extreme road legal front-engined car to emerge from Maranello. 
 
Tweaks to the variable geometry intake trumpets and the inclusion of race-spec mechanical tappets liberated an extra 40bhp from the 6.3 V12, taking total output to 770bhp at 8500rpm.  A pared-back cabin and the extensive use of carbon fibre inside and out (the bumpers, underbody aero and front wings are all made of the stuff) shed 110kg from the kerb weight. The four-wheel steering and magnetic dampers were revised, while a more aggressive aero package helped to not only reduce drag, but provided an extra 230kg of downforce at 132mph. It all adds up to a 2.9-second 0-62mph time, a top speed of, according to Ferrari, ‘over 211mph’, and a lap time around Fiorano that comes within 1.3 seconds of a LaFerrari.
 
Ferrari has also produced several rare and one-off specials via its Special Projects programme. These include the Ferrari F60 America, the F12 TRS and the SP AMerica. In 2014, ten F60s were produced to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ferrari in North America. Mechanically identical to the F12, the F60 gains a completely revised roadster body style, with every example finished in a blue and white livery in tribute to the Ferrari North America racing team. The cabin, meanwhile, features an asymmetrical colour scheme - red on the driver’s side, black for the passenger. The three F12 TRS examples can be distinguished by a gaping grille at the front and a double-hump speedster shape at the back, while the SP America looks most similar to the standard F12, gaining extra body vents and a more angular face.
 
Given that the model variations are fairly limited, in the end choice among Berlinettas will boil down to which factory fitted options are most desirable. Given the price of many of the extras -  the tailored leather luggage set costs over £3600 - it’s worth searching out one of the more highly-specced models if the budget can stretch far enough. Common options include the 20-inch forged alloy wheels and the various carbon add-ons, while the front suspension lift system - a circa £3300 option - will doubtless come in handy for any car used on a regular basis.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 6262cc V12
Power 730bhp @ 8250rpm
Torque 509lb ft @ 6000rpm
Top speed 211mph
0-60mph 3.1secs
Fuel consumption 18mpg
Gearbox Seven-speed automatic
 
Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2720mm
Length 4618mm
Width 1942mm
Height 1273mm
Weight 1630kg
 
Common problems
 
• Given the car’s relative youth, few serious problems have yet to emerge. Some owners who live in very hot climates have noted issues with the bit point of the clutch, though in the UK this is unlikely to be an issue.

• Models built between December 2014 and April 2015 were subject to a recall for faulty airbags. Check the history to confirm the repair work has been carried out.

• With a car so new, there is no excuse for a model to have anything other than a full ferrari service history, so double check that all of the paperwork is in order
 
Model history
 
Mar 2012: Ferrari F12berlinetta makes public debut at the Geneva Motor Show
Jun 2014: F12 TRS revealed by Ferrari Special Projects. Three examples of the speedster were built
2014 One-off SP America gains revised body style
Oct 2014: F60 America features roadster bodywork and unique interior design. Ten examples were sold in North America 
Oct 2015: F12tdf gains power, loses weight and features a more aggressive and aerodynamically efficient body 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• auto.ferrari.com
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• www.fcars.co.uk
• www.ferrariownersclub.org
• www.ferrarichat.com
 
Summary and prices
 
Depending on the Ferrari dealer in question (and how much they like you) current lead times for a brand new F12 run from between 18 months to over two years. As a result, values of nearly new cars remain extremely strong, often exceeding the £240,000-plus required to place an order for a brand new model.
 
Prices start from around £180-£190,000 - enough for a two-year old example with around 15,000 miles. From there, values climb to over £300,000 for the most recent and highly-equipped 16-plate cars. Sellers of the F12tdf keep very tight-lipped about asking prices, but expect values to comfortably exceed the £339,000 list.

Words: Alex Ingram
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Last updated: 1st Aug 2016
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  • FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA 2dr Auto 6.3

    £269,995 £269,995

    Type: Used Year: 2017 Make: FERRARI Model: F12 BERLINETTA Trim: 2dr Auto 6.3 Body: Coupe Trans: Automatic Mileage: 1100 Engine Size: 6262 Ext Color: Nero Daytona

    • Mileage: 1100 mi
    • Engine size: 6262
    For sale
    £269,995 £269,995
    Kahn Automobiles
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  • 2016 (16) FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA COUPE 6.3 AB 2DR SEMI AUTOMATIC

    £269,795 £269,795

    DESCRIPTION AMARI is delighted to offer you this stunning example of the Ferrari F12berlinetta, which is 2016 / 16 Registered, in Rosso Corsa, with Crema Leather Interior. Having covered only 2,500 Miles by 3 Very Careful Owners from New. EXTERIOR Our car is presented to you in the gleaming Ferrari Rosso Corsa which is in an unbleamished and immaculate condition all around, as you could expect for a car of this low mileage. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in Crema, with Daytona Style Seats and Contrasting Rosso Stitching. Also in an immaculate condition. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the Ferrari F12berlinetta is highly enhanced by the following options: Adaptive Frontlight System Yellow Brake Calipers Carbon Fibre Driver Zone + LEDs Carbon Fibre Central Bridge Carbon Fibre Cup holder Cruise Control Carbon Fibre Wheels Cup Daytona Style Seat in Crema Cavallino Stitched on Headrest in Rosso Outer Mirror Black Insert High Emotion Low Emission Scuderia Ferrari Shields Dash Inserts in Carbon Fibre Navtrak Anti Theft System Sub Exterior Sill Kick in Carbon Parking Camera Sport Sill Cover Privacy Rear Windows 20" Forged Diamond Rims Full Electric Seats High Power HiFi System Coloured Special Stitching Rosso Tyres Pressure Measurement HISTORY TYRES The car sits on ***** all around. Front: **** Rear: **** We have the Original Owners Pack containing the Owners Manual, and other reference material, as well as 2 Keys. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 2426 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
    For sale
    £269,795 £269,795
  • Ferrari F12berlinetta

    £259,950 £259,950

    The Ferrari F12berlinetta is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer which debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to replace the outgoing 599. The naturally aspirated 6.3 litre Ferrari V12 engine in the F12berlinetta has won the International Engine of the Year Awards 2013 in the Best Performance category and Best Engine above 4.0 litres. The F12berlinetta was named "The Supercar of the Year 2012" by car magazine Top Gear The naturally aspirated V12 engine produces 740 PS (730bhp) at 8250 rpm and 690 N·m (509 lb·ft) of torque at 6000 rpm, making it the fourth-most powerful Ferrari road car to date, only surpassed by LaFerrari, F12tdf, and 812 Superfast. This allows the F12berlinetta to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in an officially reported 3.1 seconds, and a top speed of over 211 mph. Making use of aerodynamic techniques based on Ferrari's 599XX and Formula One programmes, the F12berlinetta was developed with wind tunnel and CFD testing. A notable feature is the Aero Bridge, an air channel running from the bonnet, through the flanks and along the sides of the vehicle, creating an effect that increases downforce Here at Hofmann’s we are especially delighted to off

    For sale
    £259,950 £259,950
  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta |

    £289,850 £289,850

    Specification MAKE Ferrari MODEL F12 Berlinetta COLOUR Blue Pozzi YEAR 2016/66 MILEAGE 238 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Ferrari F12. Finished in Blue Pozzi with Cuoio Interior Hide. Supplied with the balance of the manufacturers 7-year service plan. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electric Windows, Climate Control, Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, LED Daytime Running Lights, Performance Launch Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Engine Start Button. OPTIONAL EXTRAS Carbon Fibre Driving Zone with LED's, Enhanced Hi-Fi System, AFS System, Yellow Brake Callipers, Front Lift System, Coloured Safety Belts, Ferrari 'Scuderia' Shields, Cruise Control, Parking Camera, Carbon Cup Holders, Dashboard Insert in Carbon Fibre, Electrochromic Mirrors, Passenger LED Display, 20" Forged Wheels, Large Carbon Fibre Racing Seats. TRANSMISSION F1 Style 7 Speed DCT ENGINE CAPACITY 6262 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 730 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 380 PRICE £289,850 Share this car Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

    • Mileage: 289850 mi
    For sale
    £289,850 £289,850
  • Ferrari F12 White

    £224,950 £224,950

    HOME STOCK EMAIL Registered January 2014 / 63 Plate 15,500 Miles Finished in Triple Layer Metallic Bianco Italia White Nero Hide Interior Carbon Fibre Driving Zone with LEDs Carbon Fibre Bridge Carbon Fibre Cup Holder Carbon Fibre Dashboard Inserts Suspension Lifting System Bianco Horse Stitched to Headrests Electric Steering Column Scuderia Ferrari Shields Electric Seats Dual View Front Parking Camera Reversing Camera Sport Sill Cover White Rev Counter Nero Leather Headliner JBL High Power HiFi System Contrast Stitching Electrochromatic Mirrors Yellow Brake Calipers Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Satellite Navigation Cruise Control NavTrak 12 Month Ferrari Power Warranty £224,950 Submitting Form... The server encountered an error. Form received. Submit FURTHER INFORMATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE PLEASE COMPLETE THE ABOVE FORM. ALTERNATIVELY, EMAIL OR CALL OUR SALES TEAM USING THE DETAILS BELOW: SALES@SUPERVETTURA.COM T. +44(0)1344 620072 M. +44(0)7541 888310 FACEBOOK /SuperVettura TWITTER @SuperVettura INSTAGRAM /SuperVettura

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 15500 mi
    For sale
    £224,950 £224,950
  • Ferrari F12

    £299,995 £299,995

    This is a very unique MY16 example with a huge specification listing new to over £307,000.00 including nearly £37,000.00 of carbon fibre options alone. Finished in Blu Tour De France metallic paint with carbon fibre racing seats in Nero leather alcantara central seat zone and Blu contrast stitching, embroidered prancing horse. The colour combination alone is simply fantastic and the interior benefits from the special addition of a Blu Scuro racing stripe on the centre of the seats. Additional factory options include Carbon Fibre Driver Zone & Steering Wheel with LEDs, Carbon Fibre Front Spoiler, Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser, Carbon Fibre Sill Cover, Carbon Fibre Cup Holder, Carbon Fibre Tunnel Console, Carbon Fibre Rear Shelf Moulding, Carbon Fibre Style Race Seats, Carbon Fibre Dashboard Inserts, Carbon Fibre Headlight Buckets, Carbon Fibre Fog Lamp, Front Parking Camera with Dual View, Giallo Modena Brake Calipers, Rear View Mirrors Cluster Dark Paint, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Standard Front Grille Chrome Edges, Hi Fi Premium System, Passenger Display, Yellow Rev Counter, Front Suspension Lift System, 20 inch Alloy Wheels Diamond Finished Forged Rim and Leather Luggage Set for Rear Bench in Nero with Blu Stitch. Delivered new on the 22nd of January 2016 by HR Owen this one owner car has full main dealer service history and benefits from the balance of the Manufacturers Warranty & the 7 Year Scheduled Servicing. We are able to offer bespoke finance tailored to the individual with exceptionally low rates, together with both Trade & Retail Disposal programs for your existing vehicle. Viewing strictly by appointment. Authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority under Firm Reference Number 663934. Visit our new website at www.select-automotive.com

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    For sale
    £299,995 £299,995
  • 2014 (64) FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA PETROL Coupe 6.3 AB 2DR Semi Automatic

    £239,895 £239,895

    DESCRIPTION AMARI is delighted to offer you this stunning example of the Ferrari F12berlinetta which is 2014 / 64 Registered, in Nero Daytona with Crema Hide, having covered only 14,500 Miles, by 2 Owners. EXTERIOR Our car is presented to you in Nero Daytona which is in an unbleamished and immaculate condition throughout, showing the care of its owner. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in Beige Tradizione with Nero Carpets, truly contrasting with the exterior. Also in an immaculate condition, as you can expect for a car of very little mileage. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the F12berlinetta is HUGELY enhanced by the following options: AFS System Alcantara Seats Inner Trim Yellow Brake Calipers Carbon Fibre Headlight Bucket Carbon Fibre Driver Zone + LEDs Bridge in Carbonio Carbon Fibre Cup Holder Cruise Control Alcantara Central Tunnel Carbon Fibre Wheels Cup Carbon Fibre Dashboard Inserts Suspension Lifter Horse Stitched on Headrest in Nero Instrument Panel in Giallo Leaf Style Seats 'Scuderia Ferrari' Shields Interior / Exterior Electrochromic Mirrors NavTrak Anti-Theft System Parking Camera Dual View Front Parking Camera Passenger Display Sport Sill Cover Painted Inner Insert Privacy Rear Windows 20" Forged Diamond Rims Full Electric Seats Leather Headliner Leather Parcel Shelf High Power HiFi System Coloured Special Stitching in Nero HISTORY 22/10/2015 - 8,075 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (JCT600) 11/10/2016 - 12,629 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (JCT600) 22/09/2017 - 15,201 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (JCT600) The 4th Year Ferrari Warranty Expires on the 10th November 2018 The 7 Years Genuine Maintenance Pack Expires on the 10th November 2021. The car sits on Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tyres all around. Front: 255 x 35 x ZR20 (97Y) Rear: 315 x 35 x ZR20 (110Y) Front Right: 5mm Front Left: 5mm Rear Right: 5mm Rear Left: 5mm We have the Original Owners Pack containing the Owners Manual, and other reference material, as well as 2 Keys and 2 Fobs. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 14500 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
    For sale
    £239,895 £239,895
  • 2015 (65) FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA PETROL Coupe 6.3 AB 2DR Semi Automatic

    £258,995 £258,995

    DESCRIPTION AMARI is delighted to offer you this stunning, highly specified Ferrari F12 Berlinetta which is a 2015 / 65 Registered Example in Grigio Silverstone with Nero Interior, having covered only 2,900 Miles by 3 Careful Owners from New. EXTERIOR This car is in presented to you in beautiful Grigio Silverstone, which truly a spectacular colour combination for the F12. The exterior is in an immaculate condition as you would expect. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in the Nero Alcantara throughout coordinating the tones with the exterior. Also in an immaculate condition throughout. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the F12 Berlinetta is highly enhanced by the following options: AFS System Carbon Fibre Driving Zone and LEDs Steering Wheel Carbon Fibre Central Tunnel Carbon Fibre Cup Holder Cruise Control Carbon Fibre Wheel Caps Leather and Alcantara Interior Trim Dashboard Inserts in Carbon Fibre Embroidered Prancing Horse on Headrests Coloured Rev Counter Leaf Style Seats Scuderia Ferrari Shields on Fenders Outer and Inner Electrochromic Mirrors Rear Parking Camera Sport Sill Cover 20" Diamond Finished Forged Wheel Rims Full Electric Seats Hi-Fi Premium System Colour Upon Request for Contrasting Stitching in Grigio Chiaro Tyre Pressure Monitoring System High Emotion Low Emission Other Added Extras: Full Body Paint Protection Film Brookes Race Exhaust, comprises of rear tips, back boxes, and cross over pipe. Please note we also have the Original Exhaust System which can be refitted. HISTORY 21/10/2016 - 1,361 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (Maranello) 05/01/2018 - 2,514 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (JCT600) The 4th Year Extended Warranty Expires on the 29th October 2019. The Genuine Maintenance 7 Years Service Plan Expires on the 29th October 2022. The car sits on Pirelli P-Zero all around Front: 255 x 35 x ZR20 (97Y) Rear: 315 x 35 x ZR20 (106Y) Tyre treads are: Front Right: 7mm Front Left: 7mm Rear Right: 5mm Rear Left: 5mm We have the original Owner Pack containing the Owner Manual, and other reference material, as well as 2 Keys and 2 Fobs. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 2900 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
    For sale
    £258,995 £258,995
  • Ferrari F12

    £250,000 £250,000

    We have available for sale a beautiful Ferrari F12, the flagship V12 from Ferrari. Our car is finished in Rosso Berlinetta with Crema, with lots of Carbon Fibre and special options. This car is a 2014 car registered in August 2014, it has a 1950 miles and has had one owner. The car was serviced in August 2015 by Ferrari. The car features a stunning Innotech IPE remote control valve opening exhaust system which adds a wonderful exhaust note.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 1950 mi
    For sale
    £250,000 £250,000