Ferrari followed up their 599 sports car with the new F12berlinetta in 2012. The F12 berlinetta is the most powerful high-performance Ferrari road car has ever launched. It was designed by the Ferrari Styling Center in cooperation with Pininfarina and is said to be "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."
The F12berlinetta is powered by a V12 engine with an impressive output of 740 HP - an increase of 120 HP over the previous 599 GTB Fiorano. This increase in power also comes with a decrease of fuel consumption, specifically a 30% reduction. With a total weight of just 3362 lbs, the F12berlinetta will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while top speed goes up to over 211 mph. Ferrari has also announced that the new model lapped the Fiorano circuit in 1:23, faster than any other Ferrari road car.
In the past few months we have seen lots of special Ferrari models, the latest one being the SP12 EPC — a 458 Italia specially designed for Eric Clapton. Today, however, is time for another special Ferrari: the 770 Daytona Milano. It is based on the latest F12berlinetta and has been designed by E.Milano in cooperation with Pininfarina.
At this moment we cannot provide you with many details on this amazing project, but we do know that it will feature a nose that is heavily inspired by the 365 GTB/4 Daytona/ With “770” in the title, we can only assume that this is a reference to a 770-horsepower engine output — a 30-horsepower increase over the F12berlinetta’s 740 horses.
Additionally, Milano Torino announced that the 770 Daytona program will also work on the Ferrari 612 Berlinetta or 599 in collaboration with either Pininfarina S.P.A. or Fioravanti S.P.A., respectively.
In the past few weeks we have seen two different tuning packages for the Ferrari F12berlinetta. The first one came from Novitec Rosso and the second one from Wheelsandmore. WE are now set to bring you a third one, which comes courtesy of Oakley Design.
While Oakley Design opted to keep the engine upgrades a secret for now, the exterior package looks good and includes a front splitter, side skirts, new roof, rear spoiler and a new diffuser with oval tailpipes. The kit is made in carbon fiber, and so is the hood and the exterior mirrors. This material has been used to lower the car’s total weight and to improve its performance numbers.
Under the hood, we expect to see at least the same updates offered by the previous two upgrade packages: a V-12 engine delivering somewhere between 780 and 800 ponies. If not, the F12berlinetta is pretty impressive from factory, boasting a V-12 engine with 740 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque, with a top speed of over 211 mph.
We’ll update you as soon as Oakley releases the final output numbers.
Just in time for the holiday season, Turn 10 Studios is dropping the first ever expansion pack for Forza: Horizon. Judging by the list of seven new vehicles that are part of the December IGN Car Pack, you’d be a fool to let this pack go by without snagging it up.
The pack includes: the McLaren F1, the 2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta, the 2012 Aston Martin DBS, a Ford F-150 SCT Raptor, the Hummer H1 Alpha Open Top, and most intriguingly, the 2006 Ford GTX1.
That’s the kind of list usually reserved only for fantasy garages. Now, for less money than a new pair of Air Jordans, you can own all of those exotics and have them at your complete disposable. Of course, you can only drive in the virtual world of Forza: Horizon. But, hey, that’s where the fantasy kicks in.
The December IGN Pack for Forza: Horizon will go live on December 4. Be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, check out this trailer of the pack from Turn 10 Studios. If that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know why you even have an XBox 360 to begin with.
Have you ever noticed that once a tuner has unveiled an upgrade kit for one of the most amazing supercars in the world there is no one in the world who can prevent the rest of the tuners out there from doing the same? Let’s use the new Ferrari F12berlinetta as an example. You likely agree that tuning a Ferrari is not necessarily a need, but more like horsepower gluttony. Last week we announced the gluttonous Novitec Rosso for the F12berlinetta, and today Wheelsandmore has even more for you horsepower-crazed people.
The tuner announced a new upgrade kit for the F12berlinetta that increases the driving pleasure and performance. With revised software and a new flow-optimized exhaust system, the V-12 engine’s output has increased to a total of 785 horsepower – a 45-pony bump from the factory numbers. Just like in the Novitec Rosso package, Wheelsandmore offers the driver the possibility to control the sound of the exhaust system just by pressing a button.
The package also adds a set of 22-inch 6Sporz wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. This set of wheels features a lightweight construction and are much lighter than the standard ones. They can be ordered in any possible color, including a classic matte black with a subtle body-color outline.
The last piece added was a set of sport springs that lowers the car’s ride by 30 mm (1.18 inches), but Wheelsandmore has promised that in the near future we will also be seeing a body kit made of 100-percent carbon fiber.
One of the key selling points to any car’s success is its design. Even if the brand of a car is unknown, with the help of a good design, it can grab positive attention from the most discerning of critics. This focus on beauty is the main reason so many brands invest millions of dollars in design studios.
One of the most important steps toward the success of any project is to get the design right. It should not be pretentious but also should not be too bland. Nowadays, automobile designing is one of the toughest jobs in the industry. People who can draw and have passion for automobiles simply cannot call themselves a designer. It takes a certain skillset and experience to make a mark. The toughest part in designing a vehicle is balancing key elements such as aerodynamics with modern design that pays homage to the brand’s original design language. Take for instance the Jaguar F-Type. It’s a car that, Chief designer Ian Callum says, ushers in a whole new design language for the Leaping Jag while still keeping certain elements of the legendary E-Type alive. Customers of today’s world not only want a head-turning design but also a design that is recognizable.
This year, we have witnessed quite a few cars that have amazed the public through soulful beauty without compromising on aerodynamics and brand image. Here is a list of five cars that we think are the most beautiful cars, launched this year. Full story
When Ferrari unveiled the F12berlinetta we were pretty much sure that no one will actually find something to change about it. But today Novitec Rosso was the first tuner to prove us wrong. Its true the tuner’s package does not add significant updates to the Italian supercar, but it was enough to bring the F12berlinetta back to our attention.
The updating job started under the hood where the tuner calibrated mapping for injection and ignition and managed to increase the V12’s output from the standard 740 HP to 763 HP and the peak torque from 508 lbs-ft to 518 lbs-ft. As a result the supercar can now hit a top speed of 214 mph.
No changes have been made on the exterior, but the tuner is offering a new set of wheels sized 21" in the front and 22" in the back and wrapped in Pirelli high-performance tires.
The F12berlinetta has also been equipped with a new set of sport springs that lower the car’s ride by up to 40 millimeters. On the interior Novitec Rosso is offering a wide range of choices, ranging from carbon-fiber shift paddles to exclusive Alcantara and leather interiors in any desired color or upholstery design. Also, the driver will be able to change the exhaust system’s note to a sportier tune using a Manettino switch on the steering wheel to open or close the butterfly valves in the exhaust.
However, Novitec Rosso has promised that this update is just the beginning and that an aerodynamic-enhancement package and more engine upgrades are currently being developed.
For all of the esteem Ferrari receives as one of the most famous automakers in the world, you can’t deny the fact that it also has a soft spot for aiding those in need. We remember Ferrari auctioning off a 599XX Evo some months ago to raise money to help those affected by earthquakes in Italy.
Recently, the Italian supercar manufacturer put on their generosity hat once more by auctioning off the first U.S.-Spec Ferrari F12berlinetta to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
With great interest in the car, seeing as it’s the first U.S.-spec F12 to be released, the auction ended up being a tremendous success with a winning bid of $1.125 million, a sum paid for by Long Island resident, Larry Roth. The amount, together with donations made by Ferrari dealers, clients and friends amounting to $345,000, will all be donated to the Red Cross.
It’s a testament to Ferrari’s social and civic awareness that it can have an auction like this to help out people in need. Credit is due to Mr. Roth, too. He dug deep into his pockets to scoop up the F12. He might have to wait for the supercar, though, as delivery of the model isn’t expected until the middle of next year.
The northeast U.S. is still in recovery mode after Hurricane Sandy rolled through and left it in shambles. Ferrari is now stepping in to help out the recovery process by not selling the first-run F12berlinetta in a traditional fashion. Rather, Ferrari will offer the first F12berlinetta sold in the U.S. to the highest bidder. No, Ferrari is not trying to increase it profits; it is taking all of the proceeds from the auction and donating it to the American Red Cross, which will then use that money to help out the victims of Sandy’s wrath.
This auction will take place on November 17th at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, which kicks off in Austin Texas. The auction will start at 9:00 p.m. EST and the car will be given to the highest bidder. If you cannot attend the auction, you can still bid, but you’ll have to any Ferrari dealer to place your absentee bid.
The F12berlinetta will carry a $315,888 base MSRP, but as expected, the first-run example will pull in a lot more money than the typical model. Look for this to pull in somewhere near the $500 to $600K mark, maybe even more, if folks are feeling generous.
In addition to auctioning off its newest supercar, Ferrari and the American Red Cross have teamed up to launch a donation page, so you can sign up to give blood, volunteer or donate cash. What a wonderful act by Ferrari and something that many of these supercar companies just don’t get into all that often.
When Lamborghini released the 700-horsepower Aventador that sprinted to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds, Ferrari knew it had to step up its game, or it would start losing the supercar supremacy battle very quickly. The aging 599 GTB was an awesome car, in its prime, but with its relatively sloth-like 3.7-second sprint to 60, it was no match for the mighty raging bull.
With the Aventador already on the market and selling relatively well, Ferrari took to the drawing board and came up with a machine that it planned to have the power and speed of the Lambo, but the Ferrari plushness that its customers insisted on. This new car ended up being the F12berlinetta, a supercar unlike any that the world has ever seen and power to match its looks.
So, how exactly does the Ferrari F12berlinetta – odd name and all – stand up to the raging bull? We’ll take a deeper look into this plush supercar and see if it has the goods to fend off the bull and take home the title.
Click past the jump to read our full review on the all-new F12berlinetta and see how it stacks up. Full story
In 2011, Ferrari broke its own profit record by selling 7,195 cars and raking in a cool €321 million. That was all well and good, but one year wasn’t enough. The low-sales-high-profit automaker was already up 7 percent in total unit sales and 13 percent in profit at the halfway point of the year and the trend hasn’t slowed.
The increases put Ferrari on pace to sell 7,328 units and pull in €304 million in profit, so it has a little work to do in the profit side of the ledger, as 2011 had a strong finish. With the F12 Berlinetta debuting in Europe in September, hitting the second-half growth needed to break its record shouldn’t be a problem.
Ferrari chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, is set on the fact that the company will break its own record profits again, making it back-to-back years of setting records. This is all coming while the rest of the automakers, particularly those in Europe, are struggling to sell cars and lower losses. This shows that Ferrari obviously knows how to keep its operating costs low and still maintain quality control and customer retention.
Regardless of it breaking the record, seeing a low-volume auto manufacturer making that type of profit is impressive. To boot, Ferrari is just about in line with the pricing of its competitors, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, so it’s not a matter of Ferrari just jacking up prices in hopes of profit. Simply good business by itself and parent company, Fiat S.p.A., is all we can attribute this success to.