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
During Top Gear's exclusive technical briefing last night (seven of them, one of me), the engine briefing went on for three-quarters of an hour and ran to 17 pages of detailed PowerPoint presentation, but amid the talk of 200 bar pressure for the direct-injection system, a new scavenge pump for the dry sump, hydroformed exhaust manifolds, six-hole injectors and tuned engine harmonics to improve the acoustics, one particular fact stuck with me: the response time to get to 90 per cent of maximum acceleration.
Just me, then. But I'm writing this, so you'll have to bear with me. As long as you have 2,000rpm on the dial and are in any gear up to fifth, you'll have near-maximum possible thrust in under 0.7 seconds. An equivalent turbo car takes up to three seconds to get up to speed, and other, peakier V12s are nearly that tardy. But, in the F12, such is the torque and response that you plant your foot and you're there, enjoying the squashed-internals sensation in a jiffy.