If you are still looking for more horsepower, a stock Ferrari is hitting the market at the end of February in the United States that boasts more than 700 ponies under the hood. The 2013 F12 Berlinetta cracks the nosebleed barrier with 730 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 509 pound-feet with the renowned V12 torque at 6,000 rpm. The 0 to 60 miles per hour is officially 3.0 seconds, but with testing using the appropriate velocimeters have been reputed to show a time of 2.8 seconds. That’s 2.5 seconds faster to 125 mph than the 599 GTB Fiorano package. The F12 also has a top speed of 211 mph, but its speed is not the whole story, by any means.
The F12 Berlinetta is a two-seated masterpiece of machine artistry sitting on four Michelins. You can also get winter Pirellis or Bridgestones if you like. It has an all-aluminum form that has some great aerodynamic features, like a length that is 2.0 inches shorter than the 599 it replaces. It is also 1.2 inches less in the wheelbase, 0.7 inches less in width, and 2.5 inches less in height. But at the first glimpse of the F12 at the Geneva Motor Show, the vehicle it seemed bigger than the 599. But since the center of gravity for the vehicle went down a full inch too, evaluation of the riding and handling of the F12 was surprising. That could also have something to do with all of the on-board systems responding to the driver 20 percent faster than the 599.
The 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta features a 6.3L V12 engine, a 7-speed DCT transmission, a rear-wheel drivetrain and a curb weight of 3,594 pounds. The estimated price tag for all these specs will run at about a $310,000 MSRP. Given the speed and power of the F12, you might be wondering if it’s good for an every-day drive. The consensus after a test run is yes, it is.