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
It's all down to how carefully and exactly it's been honed. As with the engine, Ferrari has decided that it's best to give drivers the most accurate steering, brake and chassis information possible and trust them to work it out from there. Muscling 509lb ft out of an open-sided hairpin should be utterly terrifying with steering that had seemed somewhat darty hours previously, but now it's a natural process. Personally, I'd like a bit more weight to the steering for the extra sense of reassurance that would bring - and the same applies to the carbon-ceramic brakes, too. But I admire Ferrari's standpoint here: it didn't want the F12 to challenge drivers, but to deliver its thrills readily and willingly. It does that spectacularly well. Brush the Brembos, and they bite hard - yet another perfectly modulated component in a car that seems to be constructed of nothing else.