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
Not perfect, though. As I edge gingerly along the top barrier, I glance down and occasionally catch a duff angle. I'm not sure about the faintly Japanese window line and the hint of catfish that exists in the correlation between the full-width grille and juxtaposed headlights. What I am impressed by is how low the bonnet is, how abbreviated the Kamm tail, and, while it lacks the drama and visual titillation of a mid-engined machine, how much sheer presence it has for a car only a foot longer than a GT 86 (if 10 times the price).
The chirruping birdsong and distant church bells that heralded our arrival at Monza were long ago out-decibelled by the distant tooting horns of Milan's morning rush hour, and, as peace returns to the wooded parkland, the sun gains altitude, sharp rays sparking off the deep Rosso Berlinetta paintwork. It's getting hot out here, and even the holes in these optional carbon-framed sports seats aren't going to prevent clothing sticking to sweaty backs. We need the aircon working flat-out. We need to drive.