2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta

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2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Review

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

The 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta exotic performance coupe is the flagship of Ferrari’s fleet and as such, it must dazzle on all fronts. Pumping out 731 horsepower, this 2-seat Italian beauty can streak to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 211 mph. While impressive, a McLaren 650S or Bugatti Veyron can go even faster, while others, such as the Corvette Stingray and Porsche 911, offer up thrilling performance at a fraction of the F12berlinetta’s $323,000 price. But let’s be honest. You don’t buy an exotic like the F12berlinetta just for the figures it can post. This car is for those who see the automobile as art, a rolling tribute to the prancing pony that garners attention wherever it goes.

You'll Like This Car If...

If money really is no object, then you can own any number of hyper-fast, hyper-performance cars. But, with the Ferrari F12berlinetta coupe for 2014, you get beauty and brawn in a sophisticated package that is actually quite comfortable as an everyday driver.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Scoring Ferrari’s F12berlinetta 2-seat supercar will likely take more than just having the cash on hand. If you’re not one to tolerate long wait lists, an Aston Martin Vantage, Maserati GranTurismo or even a Ferrari California hardtop convertible might be easier to land.

What's New for 2014

The Ferrari F12berlinetta performance super coupe sails into the new year basically unchanged.

Driving the F12berlinetta
Driving Impressions

We don’t need to tell you that the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta supercar is fast. With blistering 0-60-mph runs and a 200-mph-plus top speed, this V12-powered super coupe is one of...

... the world’s best performers. But it’s the way the F12 handles all that power that impresses us most. Slip onto a track, and the F12berlinetta’s best side comes out, displaying tenacious grip and neck-snapping off-the-line sprints all while emitting the most melodic sound from the big quad exhaust outlets. With so much power going to the rear wheels (731 horsepower and over 500 lb-ft of torque), one might think it easy to lose the rear end in sharp turns, but Ferrari has managed to balance the car’s 4,000-pound weight with a combination of suspension magic and electronic assists all working in unison to keep the F12 on the track.

A whopping 731 horsepower is an impressive number indeed, but in a 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta, it holds ever more significance. Just to keep things in perspective, that’s 100 more ponies than an SRT Viper and nearly seven times what a Honda Civic offers.

When you plunk down $300,000 plus, you should expect the moon. You won’t get it from Ferrari, but you will get seven years of complimentary maintenance.

2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Details
2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta photo Interior

The 2-passenger Ferrari F12berlinetta for 2014 features a rather minimalist cabin. Leather is the main material, nicely punctuated by bits of carbon fiber and aluminum alloy. One interesting option is a display on the passenger side of the dash that presents critical information such as the car’s speed. The gear selector is elegant. It consists of a bridge that houses buttons for forward, reverse and "launch." The Berlinetta's seats comfortably accommodate individuals up to 6 feet, 4 inches, and a selection of sizes is available to fit different body shapes.

2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta photo

Sleek, taut, bold and beautiful are all apt descriptors of Ferrari's latest flagship. Designed by longtime collaborator Pininfarina, Ferrari’s F12berlinetta coupe is at once new yet familiar. Among its most prominent features are massive aerodynamic channels on each side that help the F12 streak through the air. Elongated headlights are just the beginning of the Ferrari's wind-swept design, and its rear wraps up succinctly with large, circular LED lights and quad tailpipes. Like the F12's interior, personalization options abound to make this exotic's exterior unique to each owner.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Plunk down the $323,000 needed to get into a 2014 F12berlinetta, and you'll receive the keys to a race-ready exotic with a V12 engine, 20-inch wheels, and high-performance tires and brakes. Also included is a plush leather interior with a selection of seat sizes. The Berlinetta includes an infotainment system that offers navigation, stereo with Bluetooth streaming and USB connection. Infotainment and performance information are displayed directly in front of the driver via TFT screens.

Optional Equipment

Options are plentiful both outside and within to make the F12berlinetta exotic super coupe your own, with choices that include over two dozen paint colors (including 10 historic ones) and interior detailing that extends to your preferred type of stitching. Other offerings include front and rear parking cameras, fully electric seats, Alcantara headliner and seats, and specialty luggage set. Audio lovers will want to consider the JBL Professional sound system that pumps out 1,280 watts through 12 speakers. Also available is the spiffy passenger display that graphically shows in numbers the thrills you're experiencing behind the wheel.

Under the Hood

At the heart of every Ferrari F12berlinetta is a 6.3-liter V12 engine. Naturally aspirated, direct-injected and with a redline that soars to 8,700 rpm, this mechanical heart can pleasure even the most indulgent of hedonists. At its peak, the V12 sends 731 horsepower to the rear wheels. Channeling that force is a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission with manual control. Other high-tech systems and features abound to put all that power to work, including Ferrari's third-gen E-Diff 3 electronic differential, F1 traction control, and magneto-rheological suspension. The Berlinetta's V12 engine is slightly more efficient than past versions, but at 13 mpg combined it still drinks enough premium-grade fuel to require a $3,700 gas-guzzler tax.

6.3-liter V12
731 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
508 lb-ft of torque @ 6,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16 mpg

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