Supercar of the Year 2012: Ferrari F12
The fastest Ferrari ever is our supercar of the year
Posted: 07 Jan 2013
It's all built on the right fundamentals. The F12 has a more rigid body than even the 599, and it's more compact, and the weight is concentrated in the centre. This keeps it agile. The rack is direct, so Benuzzi and his people had to labour over all the little details from the tyres upward, just to keep it from being nervous and to get the self-centring just so. And because the fundamentals are right, you can actually turn off the controls, and find that it'll play it for the sideways laughs with a bear-hug friendliness. But when I've checked that out, I switch things back on again, because somehow this isn't that sort of car.
What sort of car is it? Regal but not intimidating. Blitz-fastbut not scary. Ridiculously brainy but never distant. Far better than me, without patronising me. Breathtakingly beautiful, did I mention that? Confident enough that it doesn't feel the need to be theatrical or bellicose. Sympathetically usable and untiring mostly - but crazed and noisy when that's what you want... and you will want, often. It's surely the suavest supercar ever, and it's the TopGear Supercar of the Year.