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The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was Ferrari’s replacement for the 599 GTB and the company was keen to ensure that not only was it considerably quicker than its seminal predecessor, but also more enjoyable at low speeds. Those aims were broadly achieved and the F12 is both a GT and a supercar, mixing front-engined packaging and civility with exotic, F1-inspired dynamic ability.
The engine is similar in size to the Ferrari FF's but significantly re-engineered to produce more power, rev higher and offer a much quicker throttle response. It produces an almost unbelievable 730bhp at 8250rpm (it revs to 8700rpm) and 509lb-ft at 6000rpm. All that power is smoothly transmitted to the 315-section rear tyres through a 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle and Ferrari’s clever E-Diff. The results are startling: 0-62mph in 3.1-seconds, 0-124mph in 8.5-seconds and a top speed of over 211mph. Those acceleration figures put it ahead of a McLaren F1 and around Fiorano, it’s faster than an Enzo or even the ultra-extreme 599 GTO.
The F12 also benefits from the latest evolution of Ferrari’s adaptive magnetorheological dampers (SCM-E), which react much more quickly, improved carbon-ceramic brakes and, as ever, the relentless evolution of the many traction and stability systems sees huge gains in control and speed. Then there’s the famous aero-bridge – ducts set into the front wings – which reduce drag and improve downforce, plus active brake cooling ducts that only open when the discs are getting really hot, to reduce drag. The list of technical highlights is almost endless! Ferrari retained an aluminium chassis for the F12 but new materials increase stiffness and reduce weight. It really is quite a package!
In order to celebrate their 70th Anniversary, Ferrari commissioned 'Ferrari Tailor Made', together with the designers of Centro Stile to create separate liveries as an homage to 70 of the most beautiful Ferraris in history and in so doing have created 70 unique designs. And each one gets its own name. They decided to finish one example of each of their current range (GTC4Lusso, F12 Berlinetta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T) in each of the 70 different liveries making a total of 350 cars. This F12 has been finished in Livery Number number 66 - 'Driving Emotion' which was inspired by the 599 GTO from 2010 and consequently is finished in Rosso Corsa with the roof and wing mirrors in Grigio Silverstone. The interior is in black leather and Charcoal Alcantara and the seats are covered in black 3D Sail Aunde fabric.
This, left-hand drive, F12 is therefore unique in the proper sense of the word and is effectively new, having only covered delivery miles.