Ferrari F12

Ferrari F12

  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.

If there’s one thing that journalists fear the most, it’s doing interviews with subjects who have no interest in talking to you. They daze off. They give canned answers. And worst of all, they appear completely disinterested in having wasted precious minutes of their lives.

But every so often, a subject is gracious enough to give an interview and in the case of Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso, do it while actually driving the Ferrari F12berlinetta around the Nurburgring.

During the 15-minute interview with RTL, Alonso covered a whole bunch of topics. He was engaging, candid, and seemed to enjoy himself answering questions in a setting that usually needs silence and concentration.

Obviously, the journalist hitching a ride with Alonso was pretty thrilled scoring a 15-minute sit-down (or is it drive-along?) with the two-time F1 champion without having to fight with other microphones in getting Alonso’s attention.

Kind of makes us want to get Kimi Raikkonen in a Lotus and see what he can tell us about his personal life.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari F12berlinetta

Cam Shaft has, on occasion, given a car a comprehensive aftermarket program. But sometimes, it sticks to what it knows best.

Take, for example, this Ferrari F12berlinetta . Off the bat, we’ll tell you that it doesn’t come with any performance upgrades so you can expect to see the same 740-horsepower V-12 engine that allows the car to hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 211 mph.

But the German tuner does know one thing more than anybody else: wrapping cars. So that’s what they did to the F12berlinetta, and the results are positively glorious.

It’s always convenient to put a tuner to task for not flexing its performance muscles on a car like the F12berlinetta. In some cases, that argument holds merit. Other times, though, it doesn’t.

This one belongs in the latter because one look at the Italian supercar and you immediately forget everything else that makes sense in this world. You just drop your jaw, pick it back up and admire this prancing horse in all of its glory.

Click past the jump to read about what Cam Shaft did to the Ferrari F12berlinetta

The Ferrari F12berlinetta looks and performs like its ready to throw down with nearly any supercar on the planet. To be honest, it really doesn’t need any aesthetic upgrades because it already looks pretty darn special.

But don’t tell that to tuning company Revozport who decided to give the F12berlinetta a new styling program that provides a more elegant look while retaining the classic styling of the supercar. It even gave the program a name: the RZF-12.

It’s definitely an acquired taste, especially for the price Revozport is charging for it (check that one out after the jump). Plus, it doesn’t have a performance upgrade, which means that the F12berlinetta retains its 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produces 740 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque with a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

We won’t blame you if you passed on this aftermarket kit, but if you had the money to spare, plus an F12berlinetta for that matter, then you might find the appeal in it.

Click past the jump to check out Revozport’s new carbon fiber components for the Ferrari F12berlinetta

Very few cars in this world can match wits with the Ferrari F12berlinetta .

So when you’re left with a dearth of choices, you opt for the next best thing: an Airbus A320.

We’ve seen supercars engage aircrafts in some friendly drag strip races over the past few years. This time, the F12berlinetta took a crack at an Air Malta Airbus 320 in a race for charity.

The actual race was actually held last December 9th at the Malta international Airport with the proceeds being sent to the Paqpali Ghall-Istrina charity. Circumstances were far from ideal as a little precipitation cast some dark clouds over the venue.

But in the end, the race went ahead as planned and while the F12berlinetta was clearly no match against the Air Malta Airbus 320, the event did succeed in raising an impressive €178,820 for the Paqpali Ghall-Istrina charity.

All in the name of a good cause; the race eventually played a secondary role with the money raised for charity. But that can’t stop us from watching how it unfolded, right?

Remember when Ferrari decided to auction off the first F12berlinetta in the U.S. as part of its contribution to relief efforts stemming from Hurricane Sandy?

Long Island resident Larry Roth won that auction, paying $1.125 million for the Italian supercar. It might have been way more than the $315,888 retail price of the F12berlinetta, but since it was for a good cause, we don’t think Roth had any problem opening up his checkbook.

After months of waiting, Roth’s generosity and patience has finally paid off after he took delivery of the first production F12berlinetta in the U.S. Good things come to those who wait and we assume that Roth is pretty thrilled to finally have the supercar in his hands.

He deserves it too after the tremendous bid he put up to win the auction. We just hope he takes real good care of it seeing as he paid quite a premium to own it.

Late last year, Italian tuner Novitec Rosso introduced to us its very first program for the Ferrari F12berlinetta . Where that program came with a pretty hefty performance upgrade, the tuner’s new body kit for the F12berlinetta, as shown by English Novitec Rosso distributor, Scuderia Systems, is all sorts of bonkers, too.

According to Scuderia Systems, the kit is called N-LARGO - yep, all caps - and judging by the rendering photos of the F12berlinetta sporting it, these components are just what the doctor ordered.

Details have yet to be divulged, but it certainly appears that the entire kit is going to be made entirely out of lightweight carbon fiber. In addition, you can plainly see the new components on the F12berlinetta, including a new front bumper, a new hood with a distinctive air vent, wider fenders on the front and rear, new side skirts, and a new rear spoiler and diffuser.

Needless to say, the N-LARGO body is just mind-blowing.

As far as performance enhancements, expect to see the same upgrade Novitec Rosso already introduced last year. You know, the one wherein the tuner calibrated mapping for injection and ignition, increasing the output of the F12berlinetta to 763 horsepower and 518 pound-feet of torque with a new top speed of 214 mph.

Despite our general expectation, the Ferrari F12berlinetta has received numerous tuning kit since Ferrari dropped it onto the market last year. Mansory will increase this number with the unveiling of a new Stallone kit at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The kit combines light carbon bodywork with an updated interior and the addition of 35 horsepower under the hood.

The aerodynamic kit starts with a completely redesigned front fascia featuring a newly designed bonnet, a down-force-generating front spoiler with special air intakes. The kit also includes new side skirts, a discreet rear wing and the integrated diffuser. The car will now sit on specially designed light forged wheels sized 21 inches at the front axle and 22 inches at the rear axle.

For the interior, Mansory combines the most exclusive leather with stylish stitching and carbon-fiber applications. There is also a new, sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and illuminated door sill.

Under the hood, Mansory engineers have modified the ECU and added a sports exhaust system that together help increasing the V-12’s output from the standard 740 horsepower to 775 horsepower. Peak torque has also been improved from the standard 508 to 534 pound-feet of torque.

All we need to learn is the price for this conversion and we are going to place an order for it!

Generally we do not agree with upgrading the look of a Ferrari model, and even less when it comes to the likes of the F12berlinetta . However, the past few weeks have brought us quite an impressive amount of upgrade packages for the Italian supercar, as the latest one was announced just the other days by DMC Tuning .

Today we have an offering from the Japanese tuner, Office-K, that updates the look of the F12berlinetta with a subtle exterior kit. The updates start with a new set of Forgiato F2.14 wheels sized 21 inches up front and 22 inches at the rear. The wheels are finished in a very cool gloss black combined with red and carbon-fiber accents.

The new wheels seem to fit perfectly with the new carbon-fiber wrap offered by the tuner. It covers all the plastic sections of the car, including the front air intakes, the rear diffuser and the air intakes.

Unfortunately, Office-K offers you no updates under the hood, so you’ll have to stick with the standard 729 horsepower V12 engine. But who’s complaining, right?

Until now, we have never seen these two amazing supercars — the new Ferrari F12berlinetta and the Pagani Huayra — put head to head, but now, Christian Gebhardt from has put the two supercars to the test on the Autodromo di Modena race track.

For those of you whom are not familiar with the two models, the Huayra is powered by a V-12 engine with an output of 700 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. The Huyara launches from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and hits a top speed of 235 mph. On the other hand, the Italian supercar gets a naturally aspirated V-12 engine that delivers a total of 729 horsepower and a peak torque of 508 pound-feet. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and goes up to a top speed of over 211 mph.

The video presents onboard, acceleration and V-12 sound acceleration, so enjoy!

When most car enthusiasts think of DMC – the tuner, not the failed automaker – they are thinking of one of the most respected Lamborghini tuners in the world. Well, just because it is most known for its work on raging bulls doesn’t mean it can’t hop on a prancing horse every once in a while. This is made evident by DMC’s latest tune, which happens to be on the newest prancing horse in the stable, the F12berlinetta.

This package, which DMC has dubbed the F12berlinetta SPIA, takes the F12berlinetta’s best assets and does the impossible by making them even better. The thing with the F12berlinetta is the fact that its body acts as the car’s spoiler system, so DMC had to take extreme car not to mess with its aerodynamics too much.

So, did DMC knock this one outta the park or did it itself into a sloppy double play?

Click past the jump to find out.

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