The F12berlinetta uses a 6,262cc, naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 730 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 690 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. This allows the F12berlinetta to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of over 210mph (340km/h).
The engine of the F12berlinetta has been designed to be more efficient (than that of the 599) as well as more powerful. The engine management system is fitted with Ferrari’s HELE start-stop system to reduce fuel consumption when idling. Ferrari reports that the F12berlinetta can achieve 18mpg (UK) and produces CO2 emissions of 350 g/km.
The F12berlinetta transmits power through a 7-speed dual-clutch automated semi-automatic gearbox operated by the driver using ‘paddles’ behind the steering wheel.
The space frame chassis is made up of 12 different aluminium alloys improving structural rigidity by 20% and reducing weight by 70kg (150lb). The centre of gravity has been lowered by around 25mm (0.98in). The F12berlinetta uses Ferrari’s third generation CCM3 carbon ceramic disc brakes with ABS, SCM-E magnetorheological suspension, an electronic limited slip differential, ESP Premium stability control and F1-Trac traction control.
The F12berlinetta makes use of aerodynamic techniques based on the 599XX and Formula One programmes. 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. Another feature is Active Brake Cooling ducts, which open to direct cooling air only when the brakes are hot, keeping them closed at other times to reduce drag.
Ferrari reports that the F12berlinetta is capable of lapping the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute, 23 seconds; 1.0 second faster than the 599 GTO, 1.9 seconds faster than the Enzo Ferrari, 2.0 seconds faster than the 458 Italia and 3.5 seconds faster than the 599 GTB. But is it faster than the Pagani?