Supercar of the Year 2012: Ferrari F12
The fastest Ferrari ever is our supercar of the year
Posted: 07 Jan 2013
At risk of sounding like I've quaffed freely at the charming Dario's Kool-Aid, the F12 is just extraordinary.
This 6.3-litre V12 is not something you idly take charge of. It can seem like a flick-switch. You're over there almost before you've left here. Bang. It's thrown you down the road. If you didn't calibrate your aim just-so before you threw the switch, more fool you. And the immediacy of its rush to the redline can leave you with no time to savour its sounds and character. The performance can seem like a dark, fathomless well. So peer gently over its rim at first. Shift up early. Relax. There's still an instantaneous answer, and a massively strong one, all to the stadium-venue concert of the mechanics and organ pipes of the V12 chords. Then gradually allow yourself the full-strength brew and open the throttle on this brutal force. A Christmas tree of shift lights illuminates the steering wheel, and a tap on the right-hand paddle brings the next gear and more of the unrelenting surge. It's the lights that make you shift - the engine sounds delighted to be visiting 8,400 again. A corner now, and barp-barp-barp down through the sawtooth of ratios, exhaust pipes spitting, your forearms bracing you against the steering wheel under the braking loads.