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Looks aren’t everything so my mother used to tell me. It’s the person inside she said and how right she was too. In the car world however, looks are very important. Subjective maybe, but still important.

The Porsche Panamera springs to mind. I remember walking up to the car for the first test drive and decided that I was going to hate it. The bulbous rear hind-quarters following the flat-nosed front end made it look as though they had stretched a 911 too far on a rack and stuck two doors on each side. The Panamera was not pretty.

But to drive the car was sublime. Great driving position, performance and handling made it very easy to forget the awkward shape of the car being driven. Until you caught a reflection of the Panamera in a large shop window and realised what the rest of the world could see as you bowled merrily along the high street.

Handing the keys back was filled with mixed emotions. What a great car to drive but so hard to fall in love with. I tried hard to forgive the peculiar design but to this day, nine years later, the Panamera has not aged well. Sorry Porsche. Hopefully your forthcoming face-lift for the car this year will transform this ugly duckling.

History is littered with examples of cars that have struggled in the style stakes but have nonetheless been recognised as proper driving machines. One that came up in conversation recently was the BMW Z3M Coupe. Unkindly described by some people as a ‘bread van’, BMW had somehow managed to transform the interesting design of the Z3 roadster into a disfigured hunchback of a coupe. But we loved it and so it seems does everybody else these days with decent examples fetching up to £40k. Who would have guessed that?

Even Ferrari has made a couple of faux-pas in the shape of the Mondial, designed by Pininfarina, and its predecessor the 308/208 GT4 designed by Bertone. Time hasn’t been kind to the Mondial and possibly the Bertone offspring wins by a whisker in this comparison. What about the Testarossa that still looks like it is stuck in the 80’s with those exaggerated side-intakes and the 456 which was probably the most bland design ever to come from Maranello?

But all it takes is the arrival of a superstar in the company’s line-up and all those previous mishaps are forgotten. Enter the F12berlinetta in 2012.

With a mix of dramatic curves and the odd aggressive sharp crease in the right place Ferrari created a car you could stare at all day. You could buy it and never drive it because you wanted to make sure you had taken in every inch of the beautiful shape and then go back and check it all over again.

But drive it you must. Before the LaFerrari arrived it was the fastest production car out of Maranello. The figures speak for themselves: 6.2 litre V12 producing 740hp. 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds. 0-120 mph in 8.5 seconds. Maximum speed 211 mph. The F12 is a seriously fast car and only the F12tdf will come between this and the LaFerrari when it is launched this year.

However, it is not just about the looks and the performance figures but it is also the aural sensation of the way it goes about its business. The engine note is akin to that heard in a Formula One race car. A kind of mid-range bark that turns into a screaming wail at high revs and then crackles loudly on the fast down-shifts. Delicious.

So there it is. Is the F12berlinetta the perfectly packaged sports car with the looks, the performance and the noise to go with it? We think it comes close and has certainly set a very high bar for all newcomers. Maybe only Ferrari itself can eclipse its own accomplishments but we shall find out in the fullness of time no doubt.

For anybody now thinking of purchasing an F12berlinetta we can tell you about a car that will be coming onto the market in a couple of weeks from now – let’s say early February.

Finished in Rosso Corsa with Cuoio Leather interior, this F12 is right hand drive, brand new and unregistered. The specification includes the following: yellow brake calipers and rev counter, Scuderia shields, fully electrically operated seats, reverse camera, suspension lifting system, AFS, carbon/LED steering wheel plus 20″ forged and painted wheels. This is also a vat qualifying vehicle.

For further details including pricing information please contact The Car Spy on ++44 (0)1892 506970 or ++44 (0)7809 890969. You can also send an email to sales@thecarspy.net

In the meantime this video from Chris Harris about the Ferrari F12berlinetta gives a good insight to the car and its ultimate capabilities. It is nearly 15 minutes long but great viewing….enjoy!

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Finished in Rosso Berlinetta (Special Paint) with Cuoio Hide Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive F12 comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Rear View Mirrors Cluster Dark Painted, Matt Grigio Corsa 20” Wheel Rims, Carbon Fibre for Central Tunnel, Carbon Fibre Rear Shelf Moulding, Exterior Sill-kick in Carbon Fibre, Carbon Fibre Cup-holder, Leaf-style Seats, Embroidered Cavallinos in Head Rests, Leather Upholstery for Headliner, Electric Steering Wheel Column, Passenger Display, Dashboard Inserts in Carbon Fibre, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone + LEDS, High Power Hifi System, Interior/Exterior Electrochromic Mirrors, Rear Privacy Windows, Yellow Brake Calipers, Scuderia Shields.

This F12 is physical and available to purchase today at £299519 including VAT (excluding shipping/delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Ferrari F12berlinetta in Rosso Berlinetta

N.B. This image was created using the Ferrari configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Rosso Corsa with Cuoio Hide Interior this right hand drive, April 2013 registered F12 has recorded 800 miles and comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Carbon Fibre Racing & Seats Bordeaux Stitching, Bordeaux Horse Stitched on Headrests, Bordeaux Carpet, Cuoio Leather Headliner, Giallo Instrument Panel, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone + LEDS, High Power Hifi System, Nav Trak Antitheft, System, Cruise Control, Heat Insulating Windscreen, Int/Ext Electrochromic Mirrors, Parking Camera, Rear Privacy Window, Tyre Pressure Measurement, Suspension Lifter, AFS System, Chrome Front Grille, Yellow Brake Calipers, Scuderia Shields, 7 Year Service Package. Original List Price £320000 inc VAT.

This F12 is physical and available to purchase today at £POA

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Ferrari F12berlinetta in Rosso Corsa

N.B. This image was created using the Ferrari configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Nero Daytona with Sabbia Hide Interior this right hand drive, May 2013 registered F12 has recorded 400 miles and comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Leaf Style Seats, Black Carpets, Privacy Rear Windows, NavTrack, 20″ Dark Grey Alloys, Scuderia Shields, AFS System, Black Brake Calipers, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone + LED’s, Cavallino Stitched on Headrests, Int/Ext Electrochromic Mirrors, Parking Camera, Full Electric Seats, Special Stitching (Filo Speciale Nero), Tyre Pressure monitoring System. Original list price £259000.

This F12 is physical and available to purchase today at £POA

Please note this car is NOT VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Ferrari F12berlinetta in Nero Daytona

N.B. This image was created using the Ferrari configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Rosso Corsa with Nero Hide Interior this new, left hand drive, unregistered F12 comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Full carbon package, Cruise control, Scuderia Shields, Matt Grigio Corsa Rims, Red calipers, Electric memory seats, Carbon LED steering wheel, Red rev counter, Adaptive lights, Park sensors – front & rear, Navigation, iPod connection, Premium sound system.

This F12 is available to purchase today at £POA

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Ferrari F12berlinetta in Rosso Corsa

N.B. This image was created using the Ferrari Configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Ferrari F12berlinetta

Posted: February 29, 2012 by The Car Spy in Ferrari, New Cars
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Ferrari has today issued the following press release giving details of the new F12berlinetta:-

“Today’s on-line unveiling of the F12berlinetta ushers in a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders in the form of a car that delivers unprecedented performance from an exceptional new engine, combined with innovative design that redefines classic themes along with extreme aerodynamics.

Revealed to the world for the first time on Ferrari.com in preparation for its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, the F12berlinetta, finished in an attractive new Rosso Berlinetta three-layer colour, represents the very cutting-edge of mid-front-engined sports cars.

This is, in fact, the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched thanks to the incredibly efficient engine – in terms of mechanical, combustion and fluid-dynamics efficiency – which, together with advanced vehicle architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, guarantee unsurpassed driving involvement whatever the road or track.

Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been revolutionised to match the more extreme performance of the car. The wheelbase has been shortened and the engine, dashboard and seats have been lowered in the chassis, while the new layout of the rear suspension and gearbox enabled Ferrari’s engineers to make the rear volume of the car smaller. The overall result is a very compact car with a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the chassis, and a level of aerodynamic efficiency that sets new standards.

Scaglietti, renowned for its expertise in aluminium materials and construction, designed an all-new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell using 12 different kinds of alloys, some of which have been used here for the first time in the automotive sector, and employing new assembly and joining techniques. This has resulted in a 20 per cent increase in structural rigidity while reducing weight to just 1525 kg (70 kg less than the previous V12 coupé) with an ideal distribution between the axles (54 per cent over the rear).

The F12berlinetta’s 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Its maximum power output is 740 CV which translates to a specific output of 118 CV/l. Torque reaches a peak of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm, and which provides an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8,700 rpm limit. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance. The F12berlinetta boasts a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1 kg/CV.

Fuel consumption has been reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km – figures which put the F12berlinetta at the top of the high-performance league. These results have been obtained by extensive research and development which focused on efficiencies of the whole vehicle: engine, aerodynamics, tyres and weights.

Similarly excellent results have been obtained with the car’s aerodynamic development, thanks to the integration of the design process with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and lengthy testing in the wind tunnel. Downforce has been boosted by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced (the Cd is just 0.299). These results come courtesy of two new solutions. The first of these is the Aero Bridge which uses the bonnet to generate downforce by channelling air away from the upper part of the car to its flanks where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells to decrease drag. The second is Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures, again reducing drag.

The F12berlinetta’s impressive technical specifications are completed by Ferrari’s latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) and the evolution of the magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E). As is now traditional with all Ferraris, its control systems (E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS) are all fully integrated.

The result is that the new Prancing Horse 12-cylinder accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. It also completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23”, faster than any other Ferrari road car. Benchmark performance and maximum driving involvement are guaranteed by immediate turn-in, with smaller steering wheel angles, and increased cornering speed. Stopping distances have also been drastically reduced.

The design of the F12berlinetta is a result of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina and is a perfect balance of uncompromising aerodynamics with harmonious proportions interpreting the typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars in an original and innovative way. A coupé with sleek, aggressive lines whose compact exterior dimensions conceal exceptional in-car space and comfort. The all-new Frau leather interior highlights the balance of advanced technology and sophisticated, handcrafted detailing. In the middle of the light and lean dashboard, there are new carbon fibre and aluminium air vents clearly inspired by the aeronautic field.

The cabin has been optimised to ensure maximum usability of the interior space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the large aperture offered by the tail-gate. With the cockpit designed around the driver, typical of all Ferraris, the Human Machine Interface approach is emphasised, grouping all the major commands within immediate reach to guarantee maximum ergonomics for the most involving driving experience.”

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