Ferrari F12 Berlinetta: First Review

ImageIn the past, Ferrari has indulged themselves by making arguably the best sports cars in the world.  What with blow-your-brains handling and exhaust notes that easily bring an ear-to-ear smile to your face.  However, their absolute top goal with 100% of the cars have not been focused on speed (excluding the Enzo and 599 GTO).  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Ferrari’s are slow, that would be like saying Megan Fox is ugly.  I’m just pointing out the fact that not all Ferrari’s have been programmed to leave the pavement on fire.  But with the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, it seems that the rules have changed.

Equipped with a 6.3-liter V12 engine, the F12 kicks out 740 bhp at 8,250 rpm.  And with the seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, the car revs up to 509 ft-lbs of torque at 6,000 rpm.  All of this adds up to a 0-60 time of 3 seconds flat, and a top speed of 212 mph, making this the fastest production Ferrari ever.

But, if you thought that this power would take way from any of the handling, you’d be dead wrong.  This is thanks to newer, evolved tires, magnetic dampers, and the torque-vectoring rear differential.  And because of these features, you won’t end up rolling end over end in a massive fireball simply because you tried to go through a hairpin corner.  You can thank Ferrari for that one.

The brilliance of the Berlinetta doesn’t stop merely at its astonishing performance because, just look at it.  If you ever wonder what went into the design of this car (other than aerodynamics, of course) I guarantee your mind will keep coming back to a portrait of an Italian supermodel.  The rising arches over the tires look like the hind legs of a cheetah preparing to chase down its prey.  The wide mouth seems as if its prepared to eat pedestrians that dare to get into its way.  The lines and curves that run from front to back are perfectly placed.  Honestly, I would purposefully speed in front of a speed camera just so I could frame the picture of the car on my living room wall even if the photo is just a red blur across the canvas.

Unfortunately, there is one thing that will keep 99% of the public from laying a finger on the steering wheel, or a right foot on the pedals.  Yes, you guessed it, the price.  Because this marvelous piece of Italian design inspired by God himself costs $330,000.  But, while you may only be able to admire this car through pictures and videos, keep your hopes up.  Because this car is definitely a joy to see in person.

Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal


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