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 appears small. But then I am far away. Nevertheless, this is usually a visual trick made possible by the fitment of big wheels, and, sure enough, a set of 20s underpins the F12. But my eyes don't deceive me: the F12 is smaller than the 599, and enjoys dimensions within a whisker of the 550's. Its profile has more in common with that car, albeit with a slightly less thrusting prow. Slightly.
The bonnet still defines this car, drawing your eye with its complex, voluptuous curves. Curves that weren't drawn by the styling department. I'm briefly going to skip forward many hours. It's the end of the day, and I've been summoned to meet Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa to tell him what I think of his new baby. This is quite nerve-wracking, but, in the course of what is a perfectly affable exchange of views, he comes up with this: "Let me tell you that when we were starting with the styles, we were in real difficulties, because the shape was OK, but it was not special, so we asked our aerodynamics people, ‘What should be the new ideas?' And they came back with the Aero Bridge, and, without that, it was not enough."