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
So what we have here is a front-engined supercar, one of a diminishing number that still sports a naturally aspirated engine and hooks its V12 powerhouse up to the rear wheels alone. This is a familiar Ferrari template, of course: the F12 replaces the 599 GTB, and if you trace the lineage further back through 575M and 550 Maranello, plus bounce over a periodic gap or two, you arrive at the Daytona, which is quite a place to end up.
Each of these cars informs the F12, so you could accuse Ferrari of looking backwards for inspiration and failing to update a lay-out and formula that most firms are now moving away from. Time for a more in-depth look. Oddly, the best way to do this is from further away, so I carry out an all-fours assault on the banking, and, having scrabbled messily to the summit, cling on to rusted crash barrier and peer down on the Berlinetta.