Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The Enzo, the 599 GTO and now, the F12 Berlinetta. Released in the span of about a decade, each of these supercars played a game of one-upmanship, besting the previous benchmark with each debut. Ferrari, it seems, likes to compete with itself.

The latest creation from Ferrari, the F12 Berlinetta, packs a 6.3-liter V-12 engine under the hood, cranking a massive 730 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. Matched to an F1 paddle-shift transmission, the new Ferrari accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds, reaching a top speed of over 211 mph. As impressive as those numbers are, that’s not where the Italian feat of engineering excels.

 

 

Using high-tech construction and lightweight materials such as aluminum, the F12 Berlinetta tips the scales at 3,355 pounds. While no featherweight, it’s lighter than the Ferrari 599 it replaces by 154 pounds, and on a stiffer chassis. Combine those elements with improvements to aerodynamic design, suspension, braking and balance, and the F12 Berlinetta clocks a 1:23 (1 minute, 23 second) lap time around the Fiorano race track, the fastest time ever for a production Ferrari.

For comparison, the now second-place 599 GTO ran a lap time of 1:24. The Enzo, a 1:24.9, good for third. And in a world where records are measured in hundredths of a second, running a full 1.9 seconds faster than an Enzo is kind of a big deal. Rocking aggressive styling and mouthwatering new Rosso Berlinetta red paint doesn’t hurt, either.

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