Ferrari F12berlinetta, No Longer In CGI

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

The initial shots of the Ferrari F12berlinetta looked suspiciously re-touched for our liking, so some live shots were a necessity before making any final judgement on the car. If you ask me, it looks even better without excessive rendering.

The F12berlinetta replaces the lovely 599, but packs an even more substantial V12; 740 horsepower is expected from the 6.3L V12, allowing it to hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. A 7-speed dual clutch transmission will help the car go all the way to 211 mph. A curb weight of 3,362 lbs is refreshingly light for a V12 supercar.

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  • Tonymos Tonymos on Mar 06, 2012

    Does anyone know what that black plastic box in the middle of the rear bumper is?! I'm undecided on the overall look, however I am sure about not wanting my Italian supercar leave the factory with something that looks like a bolted on afterthought for... whatever... I can't even imagine what it could be for...

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    • Another_pleb Another_pleb on Mar 06, 2012

      My guess would be a rear fog-lamp but they're supposed to be placed towards the driver's side of the vehicle and not in the centre. It could also be a reversing lamp.

  • Crm114 Crm114 on Mar 07, 2012

    It's like the CR-V, in that it has a very attractive mouth; it's just a bit out of scale to the rest of the facia. Fortunately, both look better after a toke. They're kinda like Gina Gershon.

  • ShitHead It kicked on one time for me when a car abruptly turned into my lane. Worked as advertised. I was already about to lean into the brake as I was into the horn.
  • Theflyersfan I look at that front and I have to believe that BMW and Genesis designers look at that and go "wow...that's a little much." Rest of the car looks really good - they nailed the evolution of the previous design quite well. They didn't have to reinvent the wheel - when people want a Mustang, I don't think they are going to cross-shop because they know what they want.
  • Theflyersfan Winters go on around Halloween and Summers go on in late March or early April. However, there were some very cold mornings right after the summers went on that had me skidding a bit due to no grip! I do enough (ahem) spirited driving on empty hilly/mountain roads to justify a set of sticky rubber, and winters are a must as while there isn't much snow where I am (three dustings of snow this entire winter), I head to areas that get a bit more snow and winter tires turns that light, RWD car into a snow beast!
  • SCE to AUX My B5.5 was terrible, but maybe the bugs have been worked out of this one.
  • Zerofoo 5-valve 1.8T - and OK engine if you aren't in a hurry. These turbocharged engines had lots of lag - and the automatic transmission didn't help.Count on putting a timing belt on this immediately. The timing belt service interval, officially, was 100,000 miles and many didn't make it to that.