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Wednesday
Mar212012

Horse power

Taking a little piece of the prancing horse’s racing spirit on to the roads, Ferrari has launched its most powerful road car ever – the F12 Berlinetta.

Ferrari's F12 Berlinetta, ferrari.comIt’s every bit as good looking and fast as you’d expect any car from Ferrari to be but with extra wallop from its super-efficient 6.3-litre, 12-cylinder front engine and a Scaglietti-designed space frame chassis. The Berlinetta has a top speed of over 211mph, races from 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds and from 0-124mph in just 8.5 seconds. It produces 730bhp at 8,500rpm and torque of 508 lb/ft at 6,000rpm: 80 per cent of which is available at 2,500rpm.

According to Ferrari, the Berlinetta is the fastest road car to have lapped the Fiorano circuit – in just one minute 23 seconds – but it’s a road car that knows its purpose. Clever details in the car’s architecture include additional luggage space behind the seats and a truly comfortable interior.

The Berlinetta was one of the most talked about new models when it was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. But rumour has it that interest in the car was high before the sheet even hit the floor in Geneva and that hundreds of buyers have already put their name down to try and make the Berlinetta their own.

The Berlinetta is the first in a new generation of V12 Ferraris and with this model out-classing its predecessor, the 599, in pretty much every way, the next few years promise to be exciting ones for the prancing horse. ferrari.com