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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

    £269,950 £269,950

    Used condition, Franchise approved, Manufacturer Approved

    • Mileage: 1869 mi
    • Engine size: 6262
    For sale
    Ferrari Leeds
  • 2016 FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA COUPE

    $345,000(£265,995) $345,000(£265,995)

    --Pozzi Blue with Cuoio leather interior and Tan carpeting, 1,070 1-Owner miles from new, 7-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shifting mode, Heavily optioned. Factory options include: Yellow Brake Calipers, Front Grille with Chromed Edges, Carbon Fibre Drivers Zone and LEDS, Bridge in Carbon Fibre, Carbon Fibre Cup Holder, Cruise Control, Beige Colored Seatbelts, Cuoio Leather Central Tunnel, Carbon Fibre Dashboard Inserts, Daytona Style Seats, Full Electric Seats, Cuoio Colored Upper Dashboard, Cuoio Colored Lower Dashboard, Leather Headliner, Leather Parcel Shelf, Upper Parts in Colored Leather, Colored Steering Wheel, Giallo Colored Instrument, Sport Sill Covers, Folding Mirrors, Satellite Radio, Homelink, Tire Pressure Measurement/monitors and 20” Forged Paint Wheels. The power output is from a 6.2 Liter V12 engine producing 769 hp at 8500 rpm and 520 ft lb of torque at 6750 rpm. Performance is 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 215 mph. This F12 Berlinetta is superb in every way, it is complete with its original books, tools, alarm remotes, extra keys and remainder of its Ferrari 7-year Genuine Maintenance Program.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari F12

    £254,995 £254,995

    Bianco Avus with Dual Nero Leather and Alcantara Interior, Nero Carpets, Nero Diamond Pattern Alcantara Headlining, 20” Forged Diamond Rims with Red Brake Callipers, Large Carbon Fibre Racing Seats, Horse Stitched on Headrest in Bianco, Racing Seat Lifter, Cruise Control, Front & Rear Parking Camera, Passenger Display, White Rev Counter, AFS System, Internal and External Electro-Chromic Mirrors, Carbon Fibre Fog Lamp, Carbon Fibre Outer Sills, Carbon Fibre Zone & LED’s, Carbon Fibre Front Spoiler, Suspension Lifter, Outer Mirror Black Insert, HELE, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Special Stitching in Bianco, Navigation & Bluetooth Telephone Connection, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Steering Wheel with Alcantara Hand Grips, Metal Italian Flag Badge on Bootlid, TPMS and High Power HIFI System with Rear CD Reader.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 5500 mi
    • Engine size: 6
    For sale
  • Ferrari F12berlinetta Onyx Concept F2X Longtail

    £349,950 £349,950

    Detailed Information We would like to introduce the all new F2X Longtail by Onyx Concept which is based on the F12 Berlinetta. This outstanding coach-built vehicle will be limited to 30 units worldwide and this particular Lhd vehicle is number 4 and has been fully colour changed to triple layer Bianco italia. The vehicle is presented with full Ferrari service history and a very high Ferrari factory specification . Full details of the truly special enhancements are outlined here: Complete Front Bumper, Grille With Floating Prancing Horse And Carbon Fibre Front Lower Splitter, Vented Wing Panels With Enamel Ferrari Shield, Full Length Sculpted Side Sills In Carbon Fibre With Rear Aero Fin, Vented Rear Quarter Panels In Carbon Fibre, Rear Window Surround in Carbon Fibre That Seamlessly Flows Into The Rear Aero Spoiler Also Carbon Fibre, Complete Fastback Rear End Including Sculpted Bumper With Outer Intakes And Full Width Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser, Switchable IPE Titanium Exhaust With Onyx Branded Tailpipes Milled From Solid Aluminium, Forged Alloy Wheels In Split Size 21 Inch Front And 22 Inch Rear, Sport Coilover Suspension And Exterior Branding Pack. For more details on the factor

    • Year: 2014
    For sale
  • Ferrari F12

    £239,995 £239,995

    Grigio Titanio Metallic with Cioccolato Leather and Alcantara Interior, Nero Dashboard and Carpets, Nero Leather Headlining, Grigio Scuro Stitching, Grigio Scuro Horse Stitched on Headrest, Large Carbon Fibre Racing Seats, Cioccolato Alcantara Lower Dashboard, Cioccolato Alcantara Parcel Shelf, 20” Forged Diamond Rims with Red Brake Callipers, Cruise Control, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Parking Camera, Sport Sill Cover, White Rev Counter, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone & LED’s, AFS System, Grigio Safety Belts, Outer Mirror Black Insert, Internal and External Electro-Chromatic Mirrors, TPMS and Security System with NavTrak ADR. 1 Owner from New.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 8300 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
    For sale
  • Ferrari F12 TDF

    POA POA

    November 2016 Delivery mileage. PNTT Giallo Triplostrato special colour RSFD 20" Diamond finished with matt Grigio Corsa forged wheel rims CUPC Carbon fibre wheel caps CEXF Carbon fibre front headlight CEFL Carbon fibre rear fog lamp RPMY Yellow tachometer DSHA Colour upon request for Alcantara® dashboard Colour upon request for Alcantara® lower dashboard Colour upon request for Alcantara® upholstery for upper zone Colour upon request for Alcantara® lower zone upholstery FLMA Floor mats with embroidered model logo STC2 Colour upon request for special stitching EMPH Embroidered prancing horse on headrests PAC1 Rear parking camera AFS1 Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) headlights Front suspension lift system Physical car ready for immediate delivery. Please call for more information. 07990 554 220 07836 621 520

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 103 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari F12

    POA POA

    Features : Original Ferrari Monaco, French gray card, maintenance contract Ferrari 7 years manufacturer warranty 04/2017 Comment : Uprising front wheels 20 Forged, JBL hi-fi system, carbon steering wheel Led, carbon paddle, carbon door sills, exterior package in carbon, camera parking before dual view, rear camera, lifting front passenger side screen, seats sport, cruise control, audio interface, bluetooth, GPS

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 4661 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari F12

    £225,000 £225,000

    Push Button Start, Parking Camera, Cruise Control Romans are proud to offer this stunning 2014/14 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta for sale presented in the special Ferrari colour 'Rosso Formula 1 2007' which is combined with Nero Leather Daytona Style Seats. This beautiful example is supplied with the balance of Ferrari's manufacturer's warranty until June 2018 and the 7 year servicing package until 2021. Colour: Rosso Formula One 2007 with Nero Leather, Price: £225,000 Engine: 6.3L V12, Mileage: 5,390 Transmission: F1 DCT, Body Style: Coupe Fuel: Petrol, Extras, Rosso Formula 1 2007 Special Paint (Cost Over £15,000), 20'' Forged Dark Painted Rims, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone + LEDs, Central Bridge, Cup Holder, Wheel Cup & Dashboard Inserts, Daytona Style Seats in Nero, Parking Camera, Full Electric Seats, High Power HIFI System, Special Stitching in Rosso, Horse Stitched on Headrest in Rosso, Outer Mirror Black Insert, Instrument Panel in Giallo, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Internal/Exterior Electrochromic Mirrors, Navtrak Antitheft System, Sport Sill Cover, Cruise Control, AFS System, Tyre Pressure Measurement, Stunning Example! Features, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Dual-Zone Air Conditioning, Electric Steering Wheel Column, Launch Control, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Push Button Start, Rain and Light Sensors, Rear LED Lights, Satellite Navigation & Bluetooth, Speed-Sensitive Power Steering, Tyre Pressure Monitoring.

    • Mileage: 5390 mi
    • Engine size: 6300
    For sale
  • 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
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