A menacing interpretation of Ferrari’s high-end supercar

This is a Ferrari F12berlinetta, or it used to be. Now it’s called the Bengalla F12 Caballería, and you can thank Spanish boutique shop Bengala Automotive for that. One look at it and you start to wonder if Ferrari opted for a more subtle design for the F12berlinetta. Either that or Bengalla just had its way with the supercar, giving it a GT3-inspired body with panels made completely out of carbon fiber.

In any case, the Caballería looks downright menacing, which I suppose is Bengala’s objective in the first place. After all, this is the same company that worked on a similar project for the Rolls-Royce Ghost with the help of Italian colleague Vitesse Audessus. That piece of work was an equally aggressive project that completely flipped the look of the the Rollers sedan, for better or worse. So in keeping with the precedent it set with the Ghost, Bengala gifted the F12berlinetta with new body panels that were inspired by Ferrari’s own GT3 racers. The result is nothing short of dramatic, although like the Ghost, beauty may still be in the eye of the beholder.

There are no interior or power upgrades to speak of, which kind of dampens the proceedings considering how aggressive the car looks. But all’s not lost because the weight savings Bengala achieved by installing those carbon fiber body panels should account for some noticeable improvements in the supercar’s performance times.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bengala F12 Caballería.

What makes the Bengala F12 Caballería special

Truth be told, there’s really not a lot to go by here when you consider the quantity of upgrades because outside of the new and more aggressive carbon fiber body, the modifications are actually pretty minimal. As mentioned above, there are no interior upgrades, no engine modifications, and whatever improvements to the car’s performance can be chalked up to the weight loss brought about by bringing in the carbon fiber panels.

Only 10 conversion kits are reportedly being planned with no fixed price attached to a single program.

Having said all of that, I still don’t think it’s going to matter to Ferrari F12 owners who feel that their supercars could use the dramatic physical alteration. Doing so not only makes the F12 look unique by any measure imaginable, but it also leads to some significant improvements out of the 729-horsepower supercar. Consider this: in standard form, the F12berlinetta is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds to go with a top speed north of 211 mph. With the carbon fiber body helping the F12 presumably lose somewhere in the vicinity of 250 to 300 pounds, it’s not a stretch to imagine the Bengala F12 Caballería hitting 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, exactly the same time as the F12’s exclusive counterpart, the F12tdf. Kind of makes you think differently of the program, right?

Unfortunately, Bengala has no plans to produce the program in volume numbers. Only 10 conversion kits are reportedly being planned with no fixed price attached to a single program. The production of the carbon fiber panels are scheduled to conclude in 2017 so by then, we should have a clearer picture of the conversion kit Bengala is offering for the F12berlinetta.

Read our full review on the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta here.

Source: Bengala

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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