Top Gear drives the fastest Ferrari ever
The F12 Berlinetta has 730bhp, gets to 62mph in 3.1secs and hits 211mph. Hold on tight...
Posted: 02 Jan 2013
That's as may be, but you don't point a £239,736 Ferrari into the tail end of Milan's rush hour without some measure of trepidation. The bonnet looks flatter from this side of the windscreen and soon dips out of sight, but the F12 isn't occupying too much road width, and keeping an eye on weaving scooters is easy, thanks to that big back window. Gearbox in Auto, manettino in Sport and the F12 hums and purrs out towards the autostrada, dispersing precisely as much or as little of the 6.3-litre's torque as you require. This is the true genius of this engine. Not that it produces 730bhp and 509lb ft at 6,000rpm, but how accurately it can be measured out. Honestly, I reckon I could drive the F12 in ski boots and not fluff it up.
Throttle response is so accurate, so precise, and the power is so readily available that accelerating is as much thought process as physical interaction with the car. This means that even when you do nail the pedal, the resulting snap of acceleration isn't vicious - you're somehow ready for it, fingers poised on the paddle to grab the gear that the change-up lights will oh-so-soon be demanding.