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Ferrari unveils stunningly beastly F12belinetta

by Steven Mostyn - Mar 1 2012, 16:58

Image: Ferrari.

While Porsche and Lamborghini tend to repeatedly roll out high-performance road cars that look much the same beyond the odd aesthetic tweak. The same cannot be said for Italian giant Ferrari.

Take, for example, its new F12berlinetta, which eschews Ferrari’s usually low-slung and angry lines in favor of an iconic Pininfarina-designed chassis that portrays sleek elegance as opposed to growling power.

However, that’s not to say Ferrari’s latest only looks the part. Under the hood lies a 6.3-liter V12 beast capable of pumping out a tire-shredding 740 brake horsepower—making it a full 20 brake horsepower heftier than the Ferrarri 599XX.

In terms of pure performance, the F12berlinetta can rocket from standing to 100kph in a bowel-loosening 3.1 seconds, and 200kph in 8.4 seconds. Not impressed? Well, what about a top speed of around 340kph, Aero Bridge technology, which increases downforce by 76 percent over the car’s predecessor. How about now?

Beyond also being 154 pounds lighter than the 599XX, other factors packed into the F12belinetta include 509 pound-feet of torque, an F1 dual-clutch automated transaxle, a seven-speed gearbox, magnetically-controlled suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, traction control, power management, stability assistance technology, and 30 percent improved fuel efficiency.

Ferrari has not yet said how much the F12berlinetta will cost, but we expect to learn more when the car is showcased at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

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