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.
Updated 11/14/2014: Ferrari unveiled a new video featuring Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel of the new F12berlinetta on the Fiorano race track. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read our full review on the all-new F12berlinetta and see how it stacks up.
The racing team behind James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione has an eye on building an actual alternative fuel Ferrari LMP1 race car. How serious are these guys?
Apparently, serious enough to actually release a number of teaser images on what the race car is going to look like. With the success the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione had at the Nurburgring earlier this year - it broke the 599XX Evo’s lap time around the ’Ring, making it the fastest Ferrari to blaze around the track - and the fiery burning session it had later on, the team still managed to take 1st place in the Alternative Energy Class in the 2012 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
With the taste of success still fresh, the team is looking at the possibility of building a new alternative fuel LMP1 race car, only this time, it’s got its eyes set on the series’ top dog, the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro.
“We’re considering various possibilities for 2013 and 2014," the team said in a statement. "The LMP1 rules for 2014 are very suited to an Alternate Energy Car and we’re exploring the possibility of building and racing P 4/5 LMP in 2014.”
While no official details surrounding the car have been released, these teaser photos appear to be more than just a pipe dream for these guys. The cost will most likely be more than just an arm and a leg, but success comes with a true price - literally and figuratively - and the team behind the P4/5 Competizione appears to be willing to pay it.
The Ferrari Enzo’s successor - also known as the F70 - was recently caught warming up in the streets outside Maranello. Unfortunately, the sports car was still heavily camouflaged, but you can still get a glance of its aggressive look, which may come from the borrowed design elements from the 458 Italia and FF Berlinetta. Also visible in this video is the FXX-like rear-end. Ferrari has already stated that the supercar’s new design will be based on a "three arc" philosophy: the front arc is the tightest in diameter; the middle one is the largest; and the rear arc is somewhat larger than that in the front and extends rearward until it ends abruptly.
The future Ferrari F70 is rumored to get a 7.3-liter V12 engine combined with the company’s HY-KERS system for a total output of 1000 HP. Of course, these are just speculative numbers, but we can be sure that the end result will be just as dynamic as rumors are stating.
More details on the new Ferrari Enzo will be unveiled soon, so stay tuned!
When an exotic animal somehow ends up on the streets, people run away from it. But when that exotic is a car in the form of the Ferrari F70, you can’t get your eyes off of it.
The official successor to the iconic Ferrari Enzo was recently spotted prowling the public roads in camouflage guise. Something about this car just renders people speechless. This two-minute-and-something video shows the F70 undergoing a series of test runs and while nothing has been finalized by Ferrari regarding the super-duper car, we’re no less excited to see the car grow from being just a rumor a few years ago to seeing something tangible getting a road shake-down.
The most recent rumors of the F70 has it being powered by a bi-turbo engine with the HY-KERS system and a four-wheel drive system, one that could produce an estimated 1,000 horsepower!
In terms of design, CarAndDriver recently reported that the F70 will be designed based on a "three arc" philosophy that involves the front arc being the tightest in diameter; the middle one being the largest; and the rear arc being larger than that in the front and extending rearward until it ends abruptly.
Amidst reports that the Ferrari F70 will deliver upwards of 1000 horsepower, a mule was recently spotted doing the rounds near the company’s Maranello factory. It was sporting minimal camouflage and the following two spy shots give us an indication of what the production car could look like.
Despite it being obvious that this particular test mule has loads of fake body panels on to try and deceive spy photographers, one clear detail which seems to have been retained from the Enzo are its upward-swinging doors based on the position of the door handles and the panel gaps from the door which stretch over half of the roof on either side.
Add to that the low hunkered-down look of this test car and it seems obvious that the new F70 will have similar proportions to the original Enzo albeit with vastly different body work in order to bring the retro looks of the Enzo into the modern world.
The images were first posted onto FerrariChat, and one forum member went on to speculate that an F70 with no camo will be previewed at a few very select events in the coming months, although we’ll have to take that information with a pinch of salt.
In saying that however, it wouldn’t surprise us if Ferrari did do so in order to drum up some customers for the F70 ahead of its rumored public release at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Now that the successor for the 599 - the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - has graced us with its presence, many have started speculating on the future renditions of the sports car. Our first thought went to the amazing possibility of a F12XX version, but now we’re taking it back a notch and taking a stab at the Spyder version of the car, even though we probably won’t see it until late 2014.
The F12 Berlinetta Spyder will be offered with the same technology as its coupe brother, but it will add a cloth top, and not a retractable hardtop like the one used in the Ferrari California. This decision will be made in order to keep the car’s weight as low as possible.
Under the hood, we’ll probably see the same 6262 cc V12 engine that delivers a total of 740 HP at 8500 rpm and 508 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm. Since the car will be weighed down a bit thanks to the added cloth top, we don’t expect it to carry the same 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds or top speed of 211 mph.
Now that Ferrari has unveiled the new F12 Berlinetta, it would only seem natural to think about the many variations that will be created from it. We couldn’t think of any other modifications we hope find their way to the F12 Berlinetta than the ones found on the most extreme 599 in history: the 599XX Evolution.
Compared to the standard model, the 599XX Evo was more powerful, lighter, and featured a more aggressive look. We imagine the future F12XX Berlinetta would carry those same modifications, including a redesigned front bumper with a new grille, a bigger air intake on the hood, new wheels, new side skirts, and a new rear bumper. Other additions include a carbon fiber rear wing, carbon fiber mirrors, a black roof, and, of course, some "F12XX" logos on the windshield.
As for power, the Ferrari F12XX Berlinetta will more than likely carry the same engine as the standard model, massaged to deliver about 50-60 more HP. This would leave the 6262 cc V12 engine with an increase to 790-800 HP.
An official debut for the Ferrari F12XX Berlinetta will more than likely be made in a few years. Until then, this rendering should hold us all over.
The fact that Ferrari is preparing a more powerful version of the Ferrari California should not be a surprise to anyone. That’s the funny thing about tradition; it’s predictable. At some point or another, every other Ferrari model has received a more powerful engine - even if only as a special edition - so the California will be no exception.
Our spy photographers have caught a strange Ferrari California prototype testing around Maranello with a special feature on its front hood, or rather, under its hood. This prototype was caught with a strange bulb on the hood and different air intakes, leading us to think of only one thing: a turbo engine. Especially since the spy photographers also said that the engine sounded like a turbo and that the engineers on the race track had to remove the cover on the lower end of the hood to ensure that the engine would get enough cooling.
The only question we have is if this new, more powerful California will be penned a Scuderia or a GTO. Whichever name christens this sports car will probably only be revealed after we see the facelift California rumored to debut sometime in late 2011.
After years of rumors and speculations, the successor for the Ferrari 599 has finally been caught testing! Don’t let the garbs fool you, though, it was only 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but the GT prototype was dressed for sub-zero weather so Ferrari can hide the car’s design for a few more months.
Secrets aside, we expect the exterior design for the future 599 replacement - codenamed F152, but rumored to be called the F620 - to be an evolution of the current 599, with design elements borrowed from both the458 Italia and the FF. Due to use of more aluminum parts the new car will be lighter than the current 599, meaning it will also be even faster.
The new GT will be powered by a 6.3 liter V12 engine that will deliver more than 700 HP. With this output, the GT will be more powerful than both the 599 (620 HP) and the current FF (660 HP), but more importantly, it will beat out the Lamborghini Aventador (700 HP 6.5 liter V12 engine). The engine will send its power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with an F1 style electronic differential.
The official debut of the Ferrari F152/F620 will be made in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show with sales beginning in late 2012.
There really isn’t much of a discussion as far as how people perceive the design of the Ferrari 458 Italia because we all agree that it’s one of the most beautiful vehicles to ever come out of Maranello.
But for the purpose of argument, there are still some things about the Ferrari supercar that could have been improved, albeit ever-so slightly. French designer Olivier Demangel has a few opinions on what he thinks could have served the basis for redesigning the 458 Italia and has come out with three proposals to illustrate them.
The first proposal (Version 0.5) doesn’t veer away too much from what the actual car looks like, save for a few subtle improvements on the side skirts and the car’s diffuser. Then there’s the second proposal (Version 1.0), which took on a more aggressive approach with the noticeable addition of side air events, as well as re-worked front air intakes, and a small rear wing at the back. Finally, there’s the last proposal (Version 2.0) which, according to Demangel, is a design that pays tribute to one of the 458’s iconic predecessors, the F40. It carries plenty of new additions, including a different front profile with a more well-built bumper and an even bigger rear wing at the back.
It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see these modifications on the 458 come alive on the real model, but they do paint nice pictures on what kind of untapped potential the car’s glorious design still has when top-notch designers get to work on it.
While the Ferrari 599 will still beat on in the hearts of many, the Italian sports car’s run will be coming to an end after over six years of production. But fear not, Ferrari lovers, a new replacement - codenamed "F152" - is hitting the asphalt and is expected to race into the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March for its official debut. Sales should begin shortly thereafter.
The 599 replacement will be built on an all-new chassis and will borrow design elements from both the 2012 Ferrari FF and the Ferrari California. The model will get modified bumpers and new headlamps, a modified bonnet, and a new exhaust system with tips that sit higher than on the current 599.
The Ferrari "F152" will be powered by a direct injected 6.3-liter V-12 - the same as in the the FF - with a total output of 700 HP. The engine will be combined with a rear-wheel drive system and the Ferrari’s latest seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Ferrari’s future plans were just recently revealed and in the midst of the vehicles they have scheduled is the much anticipated successor to the 599 GTB. The car, codenamed F152, will make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but our spy photographers were able to grab a few snapshots of the vehicle while it underwent some testing.
The test mule is being hidden under a 599 GTO body, while Ferrari tests the chassis and powertrain of the 599 GTB’s successor. The F152 will be powered by a modified version of the great 6.3 liter V12 with direct injection and will probably only be combined with rear-wheel-drive. Power is expected to climb close to 700 HP, if not more, and will connect to the rear wheels via the new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
When the body does get put into place, the F152 will make intense use of aluminum and carbon fiber making it a true sports car.