The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer produced by Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari. The F12 Berlinetta, introduced to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, replaces the Ferrari 599 series grand tourers. The naturally aspirated 6.3 litre Ferrari V12 Engine in the F12 has won the International Engine of the Year Awards 2013 in the Best Performance category and Best Engine above 4.0 litres. The F12 Berlinetta was named "The Supercar of the Year 2012" by car magazine Top Gear.
The F12 uses a 6,262 cc (382 cu in), naturally aspirated 65° V12 engine shared with the Ferrari FF, producing 740 PS (544 kW; 730 hp) at 8500 rpm and 690 N·m (509 lb·ft) of torque at 6000 rpm, making it the most powerful road-legal Ferrari to-date, only surpassed by the 2013 LaFerrari. This allows the F12 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in an officially reported 3.1 seconds (with third party tests reporting as little as 2.8 seconds), and a top speed of over 340 km/h (210 mph). It is theoretically possible that the F12 Berlinetta can reach 362 km/h (225 mph).
In common with the California, 458 Italia, FF, and LaFerrari, the F12 Berlinetta transmits power through a 7-speed dual-clutch automated semi-automatic gearbox operated by the driver using "paddles" behind the steering wheel. Compared to similar models, the F12 uses shortened gear ratios to match the power of the engine.
The F12 Berlinetta makes use of aerodynamic techniques based on Ferrari's 599XX and Formula One programmes, developed with wind tunnel and CFD testing. A notable feature is the Aero Bridge, an air channel running from the bonnet, through the flanks and along the sides of the vehicle, creating an effect that increases downforce. Another feature is Active Brake Cooling ducts, which open to direct cooling air only when the brakes are hot, keeping them closed at other times to reduce aerodynamic drag. The F12 produces 123 kg (271 lb) of downforce at 200 km/h (120 mph) – an increase of 76% over the 599 GTB – and has a drag coefficient of 0.299.
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