Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 2014
An open-top F12 has been on the minds of the blogosphere as though it were a certainty that a drop-top were in the works despite history not offering such a conclusion. After all, the Superamerica and the SA Aperta were rather unconventional convertibles, and besides, who needs more?
The most powerful and fastest Ferrari road car outside of LaFerrari is the F12 Berlinetta. Ferrari points to a lap time of one minute and 23 seconds around the factory’s Fiorano test track, seconds ahead of the Enzo Ferrari. Compared to the car it replaces, the 599 GTB Fiorano, the F12 is smaller in all dimensions and lighter by about 150 pounds. The engine, a 6262-cubic-centimeter, 65-degree V-12, sits deeper in the chassis than the previous coupe, lowering the car’s center of gravity by around one inch. It’s an award-winning power plant that bests the best from the raging bull while offering an unrelenting surge of acceleration. The engine note, a glorious triumph of old-school Italian methodology, is pumped right into the cabin. Swapping gears with rapidity, it sprints to 62 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and tops out in excess of 210.
These are extreme capabilities, but many 599 owners are daily drivers, so the F12 offers a level of comfort and sophistication suited for day-to-day engagement. And when those track days beckon, an impressive list of control systems bring out the very best from one of Ferrari’s greats, leaving us to ask, “who needs a convertible?”
Engine: 6.3-liter V-l 2
0-60: 3.1 seconds
Top Speed: 211 mph
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Torque: 509 foot-pounds