|Revealed on www.ferrari.com: The new F12berlinetta
Announcing the F12berlinetta: the fastest Ferrari ever built
The first in a new generation of V12 cars unveiled exclusively on www.ferrari.com
Maranello, 29th February 2012 – Today’s on-line unveiling of the F12berlinetta ushers in a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders in the form of a car that delivers unprecedented performance from an exceptional new engine, combined with innovative design that redefines classic themes along with extreme aerodynamics.
Revealed to the world for the first time on Ferrari.com in preparation for its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, the F12berlinetta, finished in an attractive new Rosso Berlinetta three-layer colour, represents the very cutting-edge of mid-front-engined sports cars.
This is, in fact, the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched thanks to the incredibly efficient engine – in terms of mechanical, combustion and fluid-dynamics efficiency – which, together with advanced vehicle architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, guarantee unsurpassed driving involvement whatever the road or track.
Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been revolutionised to match the more extreme performance of the car. The wheelbase has been shortened and the engine, dashboard and seats have been lowered in the chassis, while the new layout of the rear suspension and gearbox enabled Ferrari’s engineers to make the rear volume of the car smaller. The overall result is a very compact car with a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the chassis, and a level of aerodynamic efficiency that sets new standards.
Scaglietti, renowned for its expertise in aluminium materials and construction, designed an all-new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell using 12 different kinds of alloys, some of which have been used here for the first time in the automotive sector, and employing new assembly and joining techniques. This has resulted in a 20 per cent increase in structural rigidity while reducing weight to just 1525 kg (70 kg less than the previous V12 coupé) with an ideal distribution between the axles (54 per cent over the rear).
The F12berlinetta’s 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Its maximum power output is 740 CV which translates to a specific output of 118 CV/l. Torque reaches a peak of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm, and which provides an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8,700 rpm limit. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance. The F12berlinetta boasts a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1 kg/CV .
Fuel consumption has been reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km – figures which put the F12berlinetta at the top of the high-performance league. These results have been obtained by extensive research and development which focused on efficiencies of the whole vehicle: engine, aerodynamics, tyres and weights.
Similarly excellent results have been obtained with the car’s aerodynamic development, thanks to the integration of the design process with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and lengthy testing in the wind tunnel. Downforce has been boosted by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced (the Cd is just 0.299). These results come courtesy of two new solutions. The first of these is the Aero Bridge which uses the bonnet to generate downforce by channelling air away from the upper part of the car to its flanks where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells to decrease drag. The second is Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures, again reducing drag.
The F12berlinetta’s impressive technical specifications are completed by Ferrari’s latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) and the evolution of the magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E). As is now traditional with all Ferraris, its control systems (E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS) are all fully integrated.
The result is that the new Prancing Horse 12-cylinder accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. It also completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23”, faster than any other Ferrari road car. Benchmark performance and maximum driving involvement are guaranteed by immediate turn-in, with smaller steering wheel angles, and increased cornering speed. Stopping distances have also been drastically reduced.
The design of the F12berlinetta is a result of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina and is a perfect balance of uncompromising aerodynamics with harmonious proportions interpreting the typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars in an original and innovative way. A coupé with sleek, aggressive lines whose compact exterior dimensions conceal exceptional in-car space and comfort. The all-new Frau leather interior highlights the balance of advanced technology and sophisticated, handcrafted detailing. In the middle of the light and lean dashboard, there are new carbon fibre and aluminium air vents clearly inspired by the aeronautic field.
The cabin has been optimised to ensure maximum usability of the interior space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the large aperture offered by the tail-gate. With the cockpit designed around the driver, typical of all Ferraris, the Human Machine Interface approach is emphasised, grouping all the major commands within immediate reach to guarantee maximum ergonomics for the most involving driving experience.
Type: 65-degree V12
Total displacement: 6262 cc
Maximum power output: 740 CV at 8250 rpm
Maximum torque: 690 Nm at 6000 rpm
Dimensions and weight
Length: 4618 mm
Width: 1942 mm
Height: 1273 mm
Dry weight*: 1525 kg
Weight distribution: 46% front, 58% rear
Weight-power ratio: 2,1 kg/CV
Maximum speed: over 340 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.1 seconds
Ferrari F12berlinetta wins EVO Magazine’s “Engine of the Year”
Maranello, 9 November – The Ferrari F12berlinetta has today been honoured with another prestigious award – this time from EVO magazine which nominated the 6.3 litre V12 engine as their “Engine of the Year”. The team at EVO magazine were impressed by the F12berlinetta engine’s prodigious 740hp power output and relentless “any-gear-any-revs urge”, especially when this extreme level of performance has not compromised efficiency, with a range of innovative technological solutions which reduce CO2 emissions by 30%.
Harry Metcalfe, Editor in Chief of EVO magazine commented, “When details of the new Ferrari F12’s engine specification first reached evo HQ, we were frankly astonished at the quoted power output. 730bhp from 6.3litres sets a new benchmark for a normally-aspirated V12 road engine and, despite its prodigious power, our road-testers reported it was perfectly tractable in regular driving. A remarkable achievement.”
The EVO recognition follows the car’s Auto Bild Design Award, The Sunday Times Driving’s “Best Supercar and Luxury Car” award and, just yesterday, the Golden Steering Wheel award from Auto Bild and Bild Am Sonntag, the first time a Ferrari has ever taken this leading German industry prize.
The Ferrari F12berlinetta wins the 2012 Auto Bild Goldenes Lenkrad Award
Maranello, 8 November – The F12berlinetta has won the Coupés/Cabrios category in the prestigious 2012 Goldenes Lenkrad (Golden Steering Wheel) awards organised by German car magazine Auto Bild in conjunction with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. This is the first time a Ferrari has taken this coveted award since the Golden Steering Wheel was instituted 37 years ago.
Attending the ceremony in Berlin was Ferrari’s CEO, Amedeo Felisa, who commented, “This is a significant achievement for Ferrari and is a testament to the importance of the brand in Germany which has always been a key market for us, the biggest in Europe. Here there are some of our most passionate collectors and clients and I am particularly proud of this award which underlines how widely our constant and uncompromising approach to innovation in the sports car field is appreciated.”
The fastest, most powerful Ferrari of all time, the F12berlinetta strikes a perfect balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars. Since its launch, the car has been the object of universal acclaim from the press and public alike and this is, in fact, the second time the F12berlinetta has taken an award from Auto Bild after its readers across Europe voted the F12berlinetta as Europe’s best looking car in the Auto Bild Design Award in August 2012.
F12berlinetta examined by the media
The tests of the new 12-cylinder by the press have been concluded.
Maranello, 18 September 2012 – The F12berlinetta test by the press ended today. Over 100 journalists from 28 countries tried the most powerful Ferrari ever built.
The specialist journalists tested the car regarding its performance and dynamics, but also its comfort and ability, on the race track, but also in the hills around Maranello,
At the end of the tests the journalists appraised the F12berlinetta and acknowledged that the car combines a unique driving pleasure on the track – where the performance is naturally outstanding – but also on the road, where the car is convincing thanks to the perfect combination of sportiness and comfort, with breathtaking handling, agility and promptness regarding its reactions.
The journalists showed great interest in the extreme aerodynamic solutions, with particular attention for the innovative concept called Aero Bridge. This solution, where the airflow runs from the bonnet to the flanks and along the sides of the vehicle, creates an effect that increases downforce. At the same moment the Aero Bridge turns the F12berlinetta into a sporty and lean model in the tradition of the 12-cylinders with front engine, which wrote the history of Ferrari right from the start.
Meanwhile the car’s style has been the first aspect to receive an award: the F12berlinetta won the “2012 Auto Bild Design Award”.
The production of the new model started not long ago in the Works in Maranello and the first cars will reach the European dealerships in the coming weeks.
The Ferrari F12berlinetta wins the 2012 Auto Bild Design Award
Maranello, 30 August 2012 – Readers in 21 countries of one of Europe’s most prestigious car magazines, Auto Bild, have voted the Ferrari F12berlinetta as Europe’s best-looking car. The fastest, most powerful Ferrari of all time raced ahead of its 144 competitors to take the overall Auto Bild Design Award as well as its category, a compelling statement on the design of Ferrari’s new V12-engined sports car.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina, the F12berlinetta strikes a perfect balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars. Since its launch, the car – deliveries of which are due to start in Europe before the end of the year – has been the object of universal acclaim from the press and public alike.
World Press tests new F12berlinetta
And the Scuderia Ferrari drivers behind the V12’s wheel in Fiorano.
Maranello, 26 July 2012 – The International Media Test Drive, dedicated to the F12berlinetta, started today. The first group of specialised journalists from all over the world had for the first time the possibility of a personal contact with the model from the Prancing Horse, the spearhead of a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders.
The more than 150 international journalists will experience the F12’s dynamics on the roads in the hills, where the car has been developed. Through the corners of the Fiorano race track, the challenging and precious test bench, they will receive confirmation of the ever improving performance of the cars from Ferrari.
The F12berlinetta is indeed not only the most powerful road car ever built in Maranello – with 740 bhp and an acceleration from 0 to 200 km/h in a mere 8.5 seconds – but also the most potent in Fiorano with a lap time of 1’23”. Here on the track the two drivers of the Scuderia Ferrari – Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa – were back behind the wheel of the F12 after the development sessions over the previous months, enjoying the car’s final configuration on fast laps, countersteering and enjoying pure driving pleasure.
Dubai, 25 February 2013 – Ferrari has been honored once again, securing a prestigious award from Gulf Connoisseur, a leading luxury lifestyle bi-monthly magazine in the UAE, for the F12berlinetta, which has been crowned the best sports car, winning the coveted ‘Gulf Connoisseur Award: Best Car – Sports Segment.’Commenting on the latest addition to the Ferrari range, K.N. Ned, the Managing Director of Gulf Connoisseur, commented, “All sports car brands realize that in their business it is technological supremacy that determines performance. Not surprisingly, the F12berlinetta faced intense competition from some very exceptional cars in the fray, but our jury felt that this most beautiful and powerful Ferrari, harnessing all of 730 bhp, combines class-leading performance and technology with family-saloon levels of comfort, setting new benchmarks for grand touring coupés.”The F12berlinetta strikes a perfect balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari’s most powerful front-engined V12 cars. Since its launch, the car has been the object of universal acclaim from the press and public alike, with the Gulf Connoisseur Magazine award, following several other recent awards from GQ Magazine, BBC Top Gear Magazine’s ‘Supercar of the Year,’ Auto Bild’s ‘Design Award,’ The Sunday Times Driving’s ‘Best Supercar and Luxury Car’ award and the Golden Steering Wheel award from Auto Bild and Bild Am Sonntag, the first time a Ferrari has ever taken this leading German industry prize. The Ferrari F12berlinetta’s 6.3-litre V12 engine was also the winner of EVO magazine’s ‘Engine of the Year’ award in November.”
Turin, March 6, 2013 – The Pininfarina design team won the AutoDesign Award for the design of the Ferrari F12berlinetta, awarded today to Chairman Paolo Pininfarina by the editor-in-chief of the Czech magazine AutoDesign&Styling. Same award was assigned to Pininfarina last year for the design of the Ferrari FF.
Stuttgart, 5 June 2013 – For the third year running a Ferrari engine has triumphed in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards, this time with the company’s naturally-aspirated 6262cc V12. The 740 HP engine, which equips the critically-acclaimed F12berlietta, took the two categories – Best Performance Engine and Above 4-litre Engine – which were won in 2011 and 2012 by Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8.
The awards, recognised as the industry’s top accolade for the world’s best powertrain technology, have seen the international judging panel increase to 86 motoring journalists from 35 nations. In the face of stiff competition, the Ferrari V12 was lauded as a masterpiece of engineering, combining blistering performance with surprising efficiency.
Jean Jacques His, head of Ferrari’s powertrain department, attended the award ceremony and commented, “Winning both these categories for the third year running is a fantastic result for everyone at Ferrari. It is testimony to the efforts of a relatively small group of engineers who constantly strive to achieve ambitious technical objectives. Three figures suffice to demonstrate the results of development: 120 HP more and 30 percent lower emissions than the previous V12 that equipped the 599 GTB Fiorano, along with a 30 percent increase in longitudinal acceleration.”
The co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, Dean Slavnich, commented: “The V12 takes over from the V8 to make it six International Engine of the Year Award wins for Ferrari in three years, a brilliant feat.”
The fastest, most powerful Ferrari production car of all time, the F12berlinetta strikes a perfect balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars. Since its launch, the car has been the object of universal acclaim from the press and public alike, with the International Engine of the Year titles following several other recent awards, from BBC Top Gear Magazine’s Supercar of the Year, Auto Bild’s “Design Award”, The Sunday Times Driving’s “Best Supercar and Luxury Car” award and the Golden Steering Wheel award from Auto Bild and Bild Am Sonntag, the first time a Ferrari has ever taken this leading German industry prize.
F12berlinetta technical specifications
|Total displacement||6262 cc|
|Bore/stroke||94 x 75.2 mm|
|Maximum power||545 kW (740 CV) at 8250 rpm|
|Maximum torque||690 Nm at 6000 rpm|
|Specific output||118 CV/litre|
|Maximum revs per minute||8700 rpm|
|Maximum speed||>340 km/h|
|Dry weight/power ratio||2.06 kg/CV|
|Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions*|
|Fuel consumption (European market version)||11.8 l/100km|
|CO2 Emission (European market version)||275g CO2/km|
|* ECE+EUDC combined cycle with HELE system|