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
As I'm about to demonstrate to the A4, where other road users want to see the F12 Berlinetta work, and work hard. Phones are pointed - behind each an encouraging smile - and when a gap presents itself, the F12 fires through it as though twanged there by a zen archer. This is bottomless, endless acceleration of the very best kind, although what this any-rev, any-gear ability means is that there's less reason to hold on for 8,000rpm.
I said less, not none. Clearly 8,000rpm in a V12 Ferrari is a special place. Especially now that head of engine development Jean-Jacques His (he of the 45-minute presentation) and his team have worked so long and so hard on the sound. This is brutal noise, familiar to the FF in its strident top notes, but zappier and more nape-prickling.