Ferrari: New F12 Berlinetta + Hi-Res Photo Gallery

February 29, 2012

Ferrari has officially released details, photos and an annoyingly-spelled new name (the ‘F12berlinetta’ – lower-case ‘b’ and no spaces) for its new front/mid-engined V12 coupe flagship model… So, no longer ‘F620 GT’ as had been widely reported previously.

The new car boasts a power figure of 740 bhp and 509lb/ft of torque, can reach the magic 60 mph in under 3 seconds and do 0-125 mph in just 8.5 seconds… that’s mighty brisk. The new F12 has also lapped the Fiorano test-track in 1:23 – faster than any other Ferrari road car before and a whole second faster than the 599 GTO.

Ferrari also claims a somewhat irrelevant top-speed of ‘over 340 km/h’, which translates to somewhere north of 210 mph. Weight comes in at 1525 kg (dry) which is 70 kg lighter than the 599 GTB it replaces. Keeping up with the rest of the new and evolving Ferrari lineup, the F12 will also feature the proven twin-clutch transaxle gearbox as found in the 458.

The engine, seats and dash are also mounted lower in the chassis, thereby lowering the centre of gravity and shifting it rearwards for a 46:54 front-rear weight distribution figure. The F12 also highlights a 20% stiffer shell than the 599 and an impressive 76% increase in overall downforce, roughly giving 123kg of downforce at 125 mph. There’s also new fancy active brake ducts that open and close when required…

So what do we make of the looks…? As always, these things are ‘to-each-their-own’ and all… The in-the-metal debut happens soon at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Until then, have a pore over the large, wallpaper-esque photos.

-Blake J.

Ferrari: Goodbye 599, Hello F620 GT

February 7, 2012

Ferrari is set to unveil its new F620 flagship GT at the Geneva Show in March of this year and, according to German magazine Auto Bild, it will pack quite a punch as well – about 710 bhp worth. For those of a numbers fixation, that’s more power than the new Lamborghini Aventador…

The official 'unofficial' rendering of the F620 GT

Unsurprisingly, shifting that power will come from the same 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox found in the current 458 as there will be no manual option made available (rejoice, all of you lazy, wannabe-F1 flippy-paddle mongers). I think it’s fairly safe to say that there will never ever be a manual Ferrari made again – does that not seem odd and just plain wrong to anyone else…? According to Ferrari just a couple of years back, their new mantra for future models was ‘far less weight, therefore smaller engines/less power required’…. Hmm.

From the unofficial rendering above (culled from many various spy-photos), the 599 successor appears to have gathered its front-end inspiration from the current FF. It will also share the same 6.3 V12 as fitted in the FF, albeit with a rather substantial gain in power. We look forward to its in-the-metal unveiling in March..!

-Blake J.

Video: The Sounds of 2011

December 27, 2011

Throughout this past year, there have been some heavily impressive creations within the exotic/sportscar realms. The Ferrari 458, the 997-series-ending Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the McLaren MP4-12C, the BMW 1M, the Mercedes C63 AMG, the Lamborghini Aventador… the list goes on.

Here we present you with a video compilation from YouTube user jorrie2 displaying the various new sounds of 2011 mixed with some tasty bits of the old….

The internal-combustion’ed high-performance engine shall never die…!

-Blake J.

Ferrari 599 GTB vs. F40 Video: And the, er… ‘Winner’ is… ? ?

September 30, 2011

This oddly-titled video came splashing through on the Ferrari YouTube channel this morning and it’s left me with that undeniably questionable, scrunchy-faced/raised eyebrow look embedded onto my face… No, it’s not the spine-tingling sounds nor the flashy camera-work – that all appears to be top-notch. It’s the way the video ends… with a conveniently-placed chequered-flag (the desert is rife with those buggers – sheesh) signalling the ‘clear victor’ in this, uhm… race.

Yet, is it really…? Personally, I think the Ferrari F40 deserves a bit more (heaps more, actually) respect than is shown… but alas, this is Marketing 101 for ya in this modern age.  After all, these are two rather different breeds of Ferrari – One’s a mid-engined, twin-turbo’d V8, lightweight supercar from the 80’s and the other’s a brand new V12’d GT car… There’s a rivalry/need to impart dominance between the two…? Hmmm….

Great video though. Methinks its market-aim is also quite obvious as well, if I may say so. Though if I was the (lucky) prospective buyer in the market for a Prancing Horse to enter my garage..? I’d easily choose the car that involves all of my limbs (and a bit more raw skill/talent) and takes more effort than a flicky, gold-ringed fingertip to change gears.

-Blake J.

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