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Geneva 2012: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Ferrari's range overhaul for the 2010s is complete with the arrival of the sublime F12 Berlinetta. And at Geneva, it stole the show.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Here it is - the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The car that generated the deepest and most competitive crowds, and met with near-universal praise from everyone who saw it. Our view on its styling is straightforward – it's bang on target, and finally lays to rest the era of uncorfortable looking Ferraris.

It's powered by a brand new 6.3-litre 12-cylinder engine boasts 730bhp and 509lb ft, and somewhat ahead of the 690bhp Lamborghini Aventador. Will Sant'Agata respond? Of course.
 
It has a 1525kg dry weight and is made from aluminium, and it’s smaller than the 599 (the car it replaces) - 47mm shorter, 20mm narrower and 63mm lower, to be precise.

The F12 also possesses some very clever aerodynamics. The dramatic sculpture lines you can see on the car’s side profile serve a real purpose, directing air from front vents, generating significant downforce, while there’s Active Brake Cooling, which directs air to the brake cooling ducts at high speed. There’s also a blown diffuser at the rear of the car. All together, there’s 123kg of downforce at 124mph – up 76 per cent on the 599’s figure – and a big reduction in drag, down to 0.299Cd.

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