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 |  Feb 29 2012, 7:58 AM

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The latest and the the greatest Ferrari yet, the F12 Berlinetta has been revealed ahead of its official world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The successor to the 599 and rumored to be called the 620 GT, the F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful Ferrari road car ever with a a 6.3-liter V12 engine making 740 hp at 8500 rpm and 509 lb-ft of torque, 80 percent of which is available at just 2500 rpm. Mated to a dual-clutch transmission, the car can hit 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds and hit 124 mph in just 8.5 seconds. Plus, it’s the fastest road going F-car around the Fiorano circuit, with a lap time of 1’23”.

Despite the massive performance increase, Ferrari claims the new V12 engine will be 30 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing 6.0-liter V12 in the 599.

Based on an all new aluminum chassis that is 20 percent stiffer than the outgoing unit, it weighs 154 lbs less than the 599. Shorter in length, many of the interior components, from the dash to the seats, have been lowered in the chassis, as has the engine.

The aerodynamics of the body also play a major role in the car’s performance with downforce improved b 76 percent, to deliver 271 lbs of downforce at 124 mph, while the coefficient of drag has been reduced to just 0.299 cd. The car’s swoopy lines are more than just nice to look at, they play a major role, with an “Aero Bridge” on the hood that sends air to the side of the car, rather than over the top, to cut drag.

Look for more on the Ferrari F12 with AutoGuide’s Geneva Motor Show coverage starting March 6th.

Check out the video below of the new Ferrari out on the track.

GALLERY: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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  • Sam

    I’m genuinely disappointed with Ferrari. So much hype over this car, yet it ‘s no where near as good looking as the Aventador, the FF theme of styling is crap and the claimed performance figures aren’t really special. IMO, Aventador wins this competition.

  • its me

    1. This new f12 looks great!
    2. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    3. As for performance there is by far not one lamborghini which is able to beat the lap times, e.g. Nürburgring in Germany, of a comparable ferrari.

  • Hank

    I bet the Aventador will look stupid in a few years and the F12 will be beautiful forever!

  • Mike

    @Sam -> How can you compare a mid-engine car like the Aventador to a genuine GT like the F12? I agree that the FF was a disappointment aesthetically, but this F12 is an excellent evolution of the front-engine V12 Ferrari line. You can still see the 550, 575 and 599 in the F12. Hank’s comment is spot on!

  • Ryan

    Looker or not, what they’ve done with the 6.3L V12 is flat out amazing. 740 hp, revs higher than the outgoing 6L, delivers SUBSTANCIALLY more power (Enzo had 651 hp from the 6L) – most of which is available at even lower revs than before, and is 30% more fuel efficient. The outgoing model was 12 city / 18 hwy MPG, so this means that this car will be in the 16 city / 24 hwy MPG range. Despite increasing the features and size of the motor, the car weighs 150 lbs less…truly amazing engineering from Ferrari on this one. The design guys will make an F12XX soon enough that will blow the doors off again. Personally, I rather like the muscular profile and cheshire cat facia. Rear could use a bit of love, but as the 599 showed us, Ferrari is willing and capable of making several different variants.

  • Infidel

    Egads. It looks like a Mustang raped an FF. At least we know what the F stands for.

    The F12 is another in a long line of thoroughly forgettable modern Ferraris. Poor Enzo must be spinning in his grave. A half-decade from now, the F12 will be one more highly depreciated asset with outdated electronics, sticky buttons and skyrocketing repair bills. Have you checked 430 prices lately?

    Sure. The F12 is powerful and fast. Who cares? In the modern world, both are fleeting commodities that can be bought for a whole lot less. A Nissan delivers as good or better stoplight to stoplight performance for about a third of million dollars less. You won’t find that fact in the Ferrari brochure.

  • Infidel

    Ryan,

    Ferrari is guilty of fighting the last war. Naturally aspirated engines, especially those with twelve cylinders, are dinosaurs living on borrowed time. Forced induction is the present and the future. Exhibit A is the 2013 GT500:

    Ford produces a bone stock V8 power plant good for 650HP and 600FTLBS of torque that pushes the GT500 to a low 11-second quarter-mile and 200+MPH top speed. Toss in a few go-fast goodies from the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog and the power and performance stats only get better.

    And the Ferrari’s Fiorano lap time is meaningless. Ninety-nine percent of all Ferrari owners have never stepped one foot on Fiorano or Nurburgring or Lagun Seca and couldn’t find any of them on a map.

    Stoplight to stoplight performance is what matters and, in those terms, there is no meaningful difference between a $450,000 Ferrari and $70,000 GT500.

    It’s not that the Ferrari is that bad. It’s that the GT500 (and GT-R, ZR-1, etc.) are that good. Power and performance have indeed been commoditized.

  • Graham

    Infidel,

    How could you possibly even think of comparing the beauty and performance of a ferrari with a mustang. Should not even be compared to in the same sentence. Enough said!

  • Mark

    Ryan, Ford’s Mustang is a nice car, but don’t compare it to a Ferrari. You have obviously never driven or owned a Ferrari & yes us owners use them & appreciate them.

  • Brian

    As I see it, comparing a Mustang or a GT-R to a Ferrari is kinda like comparing a Guess Hand Bag to a LV Hand Bag. (Guy here, don’t really know much about bags but bare with me) These bags will have the same function, hold the same amount of stuff, look about the same to people who don’t know bags. But on one hand you have a bag mass produced to please the masses. On the other, you have a bag that’s been the timeless name in the industry that has become an iconic last word in object of desire. Now go back and replace bag with car and that’s what Mustang is to Ferrari.

  • can

    Sorry guys but this car is not beautiful (in my opinion). After 360 Modena, all the ferrari models looks uglier. 90`s were the best years for ferrari. (F355, F50, 360 Modena).. even the engine sounds are very ordinary (comparing to f355 and 360)… I hope next ferrari`s will be pretty.

  • Felix

    Infidel, well said. Sure Ferrari make some beautiful cars that sound wonderful, but they’re not that real-world quick, and ludicrously expensive. The other day I was following an F430 along the great ocean road in my (completely stock)Evo X. He was trying very hard to shake me off, but it didn’t require too much effort to stick with him on the straights, and have him seriously questioning his 400-odd grand outlay in the twistier bits. I paid about $40K Australian for my Evo, I couldn’t even afford a new one, yet I can put my baby son in the back and a week’s luggage in the boot, it won’t get keyed if I park it on the street and doesn’t cost several grand every time it gets serviced. Fair play to Ferrari’s incredible technological achievements, but why would I shell out half a mil for a new one when I can go almost as fast in a $40K japanese family four door? Horses for courses I suppose. BTW most of the people I know who own Ferraris (and there’s a few) have personal inadequacies that they’re real conscious of. Many of them are slimy to behold and embarrasingly inept around the attractive women they are hoping to lure with their Ferraris. They seem unaware that Ferrari ownership is a red flag to alert the rest of us to these facts. Just sayin’ like.

  • mike

    this is an amazing car and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it is a good looking car but i agree with can, the 360 modena in my opinion is the most beautifull car ever made. What an engine though,730 hp from 6.2 liters without turbo or supercharging? Holy cow! I love cars, i have built hot rods and drag cars and appreciate what it takes to make a fantastic car. The new mustangs and vettes are truly great automobiles and I’m a big fan of both but would love to get a shot of driving a Ferrari or Lambo, I have sat in a ferrari and the quality and care that goes into making one of these is something that cannot be matched at the price of a vette or mustang period

  • Bajowa0353

    Sorry man that sounds like hater talk to me… A lot of people have inadequacies. (Most in one way or another) People who purchase this and have a family usually have a car to take the kids out in and if they dont have that second car then they usually dont have kids.  I am not going to hate on somebody for being successful and purchasing the car of their choice.  Good for them I