Ferrari F12 vs Aventador vs Vanquish
The finest V12s from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin head to wildest Scotland for a 36-cylinder shoot-out. Stand back
Posted: 30 May 2014
The F12? Tough one. You probably wouldn't be hugely taken with the cheap click-wheel buttons to control the info screens, nor the even-cheaper key fob. And, if you were of the slenderer persuasion, you might desire a bit more lateral support from the seats. But if you had the money to buy an F12, and the time to get to grips with it, I suspect you might soon be the happiest human on the planet. After driving the Ferrari for a day or so, I wondered if - impressive technical achievement though it unquestionably was - the F12 might fall between two stools: not shouty or flamboyant enough to attract the supercar crowd, but too sharp-edged for those who want a continent-cruising GT. A couple of days later, I'd decided it might just be the finest car on the planet, an entirely bewitching blend of GT and hypercar. And, oh, that V12. Forget variable-geometry turbocharging, forget hybrid modules. The F12's vast, unencumbered engine is the greatest powerplant on the planet.