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
Getting there is a headache, but adding 2,000 metres of altitude always seems to make things better. At the summit, I join the few tourists and marvel at the view: this car in this scenery - it just doesn't get much better. It makes me think of all the effort that's gone into the F12, all the years of development that have resulted in a car 70kg lighter than its predecessor, that carries more weight over the back axle despite being front-engined (46:54 distribution) and enjoys a centre of gravity a literal finger's width higher than the 458's. All this expertise is now at my command. That's a good, good feeling.
Remember what I said about Ferrari making this car accessible? They've gone about it in a counterintuitive way. You expect it to be softer, but, in fact, it rolls 30 per cent less than the 599 they'd said was too challenging, has a 30 per cent stiffer structure, an even more direct steering rack, plus faster reactions. This sounds like the recipe for a car that will fling me off the road and deposit me in the reservoir I can see far below if I so much as look at the manettino in a funny way. But the opposite is true. This is a 730bhp car you can really drive - and drive hard - on a mountain pass.