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2013-05-17 07:36

SUPERCAR LAUNCHED: Viglietti Motors launched the 2014 Ferrarri F12berlinletta in Johannesburg. Image: Quickpic


The fastest Ferrari yet has been unveiled in Maranello as the first in a new generation of V12 cars for the supercar maker.

Viglietti Motors – the official Ferrari importer in South Africa – has revealed the new F12berlinetta, the model which ushers in a new generation of V12 Prancing Horses.

“The debut of the F12berlinetta in South Africa,” the automaker says, “adds the finishing flourish to an all-new range of 12-cylinder models that, in four years, has achieved the objective of offering different Ferraris for different Ferraristi.

“The F12berlinetta matches ever-increasing power outputs with greater efficiency resulting in reduced fuel consumption and emissions by a 30% achieved through in-depth research into all vehicle systems – engine, aerodynamics, tyres, brakes and ancillaries.

“This places the F12berlinetta at the top of the segment with (fuel consumption of) 15 litres/100 km and 350g/km of CO2 (exhaust emissions).”


The F12berlinetta is the most powerful and high-performance road-going Ferrari yet. It is built around highly evolved transaxle architecture with state-of-the-art components and control systems.

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“Its aerodynamics have been honed,” Ferrari says, “to the extreme in an innovative design that redefines classic Ferrari themes.”

The F12berlinetta’s wheelbase is shorter and its engine, dashboard and seats are lower in the chassis. A new suspension and gearbox layout helped reduce the car’s rear volume and the result, Ferrari says, is a shorter, lower and narrower car than the previous V12 coupé.

The F12berlinetta has an ideal weight distribution (54% over the rear axle) as well as a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the spaceframe chassis. 


Chassis and shell are new and, Ferrari says, use 12 different aluminium alloys - some for the first time in a car – along with new assembly and joining technologies. This has kept the car’s overall weight to be 1525kg and maximised its performance efficiency with torsional rigidity boosted by 20%.

The new, 200-bar direct-injection 6262cc 65° V12 engine “delivers unprecedented performance for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder”: 544kW at 8250rpm (a specific power output of 87kW/litre) and a maximum 8700 rpm.

“Record figures for this type of engine,” Ferrari claims. And maximum torque of 690Nm, 80% of which is available from 2500rpm.

Aerodynamics are part of the styling... even the bonnet generates downforce. Active brake cooling opens guide vanes at high operating temperatures. The result of these interventions is that the F12berlinetta has the highest overall aerodynamic efficiency of any Ferrari yet built - a value of 1.2 which is double that of the 599 GTB Fiorano) with downforce of 123kg at 200km/h and a Cd of only 0.299.


“The result of collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina,” Ferrari says, “the F12berlinetta features harmonious and balanced proportions. It is a truly original, innovative coupé with all of the signature features of an authentic Ferrari 12-cylinder.

The car also claims “superb occupant space and comfort despite its relatively compact dimensions”.

The rear is a modern and functional reinterpretation of the Kamm tail which seamlessly integrates the two vertical fences of the rear diffuser. The resulting original T-shape incorporates two diode-lit circular tail lights and the clearly F1-inspired rear fog light.

The F12berlinetta’s technical specifications are completed by the very latest version of the carbon-ceramic braking system (CCM3) and the latest development in electronic vehicle control systems. All controls are integrated in a CPU featuring new model-specific software.

With a Fiorano lap time of 1min23, 0-100km/h in 3.1sec and 0-200km/h in 8.5, the F12berlinetta is the most high-performance road car in Ferrari history.


“Over and above sheer performance, however, it stands out,” Ferrari says, “for its nimble and responsive handling and unparalleled driving involvement, even at lower speeds, a feature normally reserved for mid/rear-engined cars, whether on track or road.”

The cabin has been optimised to ensure maximum use of space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the large aperture offered by the tail hatch.

On the facia are new carbon-fibre and light alloy air-vents inspired by the aeronautical sector. A passenger screen display for the passenger is optional.

Final word from Ferrari: “This V12 melds to an unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience.”

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