Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Is Fastest Ferrari Yet
Everyone else at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show may as well just go home, because Ferrari has already stolen the show. The Italian supercar manufacturer today released official photos and specifications on its newest model, the F12 Berlinetta. The latest in a long string of V-12 powered Ferraris that dates back to the company's very first road-going machine (the Ferrari 125 S), the Ferrari says the F12 Berlinetta will be the fastest road-going car it has ever made. Under the hood is a massive 6.2-liter V-12 engine, producing an incredible 740 horsepower, enough to propel the 3,362-pound coupe to 62 mph in a scant 3.1 seconds, or as long as it took you to get to "V-12" in this sentence. Keep going, and it will get to 124 mph in just 8.5 seconds. The F12 Berlinetta's final top speed is estimated at "over 340 km/h," or more than 211 mph. That's fast. Amazingly though, and in a reflection of the times in which we live, Ferrari also notes that the F12 Berlinetta is one of the greenest supercars on the road, touting fuel efficiency and emissions in nearly the same breath as horsepower and speed. The F12 Berlinetta is estimated to get 15 liters/100 km, or about 15.6 mpg. OK, it's no Prius, but that's not bad for a 740 horsepower Italian exotic. But back to the speed. The F12 Berlinetta is packed with technology to enhance speed. It's constructed of 12 alloys, some of which Ferrari says have never been used in automotive construction before. It uses special cooling ducts for the brakes, with vanes that open to keep the brakes cool under the hard stops Ferrari imagines its drivers will perform on the track. Its suspension uses special shocks that can firm or soften the ride in less than an eyeblink to optimize performance. Its transmission is derived from Formula 1 technology. And on, and on, and on. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is also wrapped in what could well be the sexiest styling we've seen on a Ferrari in the past 20 years. Incorporating cues we've seen on the 458 Italia, the Ferrari FF, and the Ferrari California Spyder, the F12 Berlinetta is as unmistakably Italian as the shape of its home country. The interior is just as dramatic, combining the racecar experience of the company's heritage with rich leather, aluminum, carbon fiber, and hand-crafted elegance. We won't waste thousands of words describing it, just scroll through the photos and see for yourself. While you're at it, check out the videos of the F12 Berlinetta as well. How much does it cost, you ask? No word, but it's safe to say that unless people regularly greet you as "your majesty," it's probably out of your price range. Source: Ferrari
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