The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful Ferrari Ever
Ferrari has taken the world by storm by revealing their newest model, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, a supercar that’s the most powerful road car ever built by Ferrari, and the successor of Ferrari’s 599 GTB Fiorano. We’ll leave the design and interior-related discussion for later, and focus on power at the moment.
The car is powered by a massive V12 engine, “the very cutting-edge of mid-front-engined sports cars.” As Ferrari has named it, this is the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched. To prove this statement, we show you the numbers this car can reach: 740 HP at 8,500 RPM and 690 Nm of torque at 6,000 RPM, all these thanks to the 6.3-liter V12 65-degree engine.
These allow the car to reach a maximum speed of 340 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. This is partially owed to the F1 dual-clutch transmission specially developed with shorter gear ratios. Technically, the engine is quite a masterpiece of mechanics, a naturally-aspired artwork.
Its high-end fluid-dynamics and combustion efficiency work perfectly with the new layout of the rear suspension and gearbox, plus the shortened wheelbase that caused changes to the dashboard, seats and the engine – these had to be placed lower in the chassis.
Beautifully painted in a three-layer tone (Rosso Berlinetta), the car measures 4,618 mm in length, 1,942 mm in width and 1,273 mm in height. With a power to weight ratio of 2,1 kg/HP, the total weight of the vehicle is 1,525 kg, 46% of these distributed on the front axle and 54% on the rear one. This also speaks for the fuel economy, the car using 30% less fuel and allowing a CO2 level reduction to 350 grams per Km, thanks also to the changes in tires and engine.
In terms of bodywork, the specialists at Ferrari have reportedly used 12 different alloys for their crafting, some of them being premiers in automotive industry. This latest model can generate 76% more downforce thanks to its layout, measuring 123 kg at 200 km/h. The aerodynamics are extremely efficient, the drag coefficient of the vehicle was reduced to 0.299 by using two innovative ways, the Aero Bridge and Active Brake Cooling.
The Aero Bridge features downforce-generation by the bonnet, channeling the air from the top of the vehicle to its sides. The Active Brake Cooling comes into operation at high temperatures, based on the opening of guide vanes towards the brake cooling ducts. The carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) are the first aided by the feature, while the new, upgraded magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E) improves ride and control.
We’re curious on the car’s availability, let alone the price. the most powerful Ferrari ever built will surely have its characteristics reflected in the costs.