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2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta

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2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta Review

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As Ferrari's flagship performance coupe, the 2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta has one simple assignment: Dazzle on every front. With a 731-horsepower V12 engine and a 211-mph top speed, it certainly satisfies one’s performance urges. But while there are other cars that are faster, less expensive or both, that's all beside the point. The Ferrari F12berlinetta isn't about numbers, so the fact that a McLaren 650S or Bugatti Veyron is faster, or that a Corvette Z06 is just as quick doesn't matter. This car is for those who see the automobile as art, a rolling tribute to the prancing pony that garners attention wherever it goes.

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The ultra-rich who can afford a car like the 2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta likely have a stable filled with any number of hyper-fast, hyper-performance cars. However, chances are that the F12berlinetta's combination of beauty, brawn and driving sophistication will make it the only daily driver.

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The price of exclusivity extends beyond the price tag. There's a waiting list just to get behind the wheel, and frequent maintenance once you do. If you can't tolerate it for whatever reason, a Maserati GranTurismo or even a Ferrari California hardtop convertible might make more sense.

What's New for 2015

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

Driving the F12berlinetta
Driving Impressions

Of course the 2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta is as fast as it looks. It blisters from 0 to 60 mph in just a bit over three seconds, and can easily top...

... 200 mph, thanks to its powerfully amazing V12 engine. If you manage to take your F12berlinetta to a racetrack, you'll experience its tenacious grip and neck-snapping off-the-line sprints, all while emitting the most melodic sound from the big quad exhaust outlets. But it's not just about the power, it's the sophistication that comes with it. For example, 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.

731 HORSEPOWER
The F12berlinetta's horsepower figure almost sounds made up, but that 731 horsepower is for real. To put it in perspective, that's 100 more horsepower than you'll get in an SRT Viper, or nearly seven Honda Civics' worth of power.

COMPLIMENTARY MAINTENANCE
Getting seven years of complimentary maintenance for your $300,000-plus Ferrari supercar shouldn't be a surprise, since clearly Ferrari owners could afford it. Still, a perk is a perk.

2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta Details
2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta photo Interior

Part of owning a car like the 2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta is impressing your passengers, a task made even easier in this 2-seat exotic by the passenger-side information readout that displays speed, among other things. Otherwise, the interior boasts a minimalist cabin, with leather on most surfaces, and carbon fiber and aluminum alloy on the rest of it. The elegant gear selector consists of a bridge that houses buttons for forward, reverse and "launch." Tall drivers will have little trouble fitting in the F12's seats, and buyers have a selection of different-sized seats to fit different body shapes.

Exterior
2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta photo

The 2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta is clear evidence to why Ferrari continues to seek out Pininfarina for its designs. The massive aerodynamic channels on each side aren't for show, they're aerodynamic aids that help the the F12 streak through the air. The elongated headlights convey a sense of motion, as does the rest of the Ferrari's windswept 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

The 2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta's price tag of nearly $330,000 gets you a lot of car. This race-ready 2-seat exotic comes with that marvelous V12 engine, 20-inch wheels and high-performance tires and brakes. There's also the plush leather interior, and you have your choice of seat sizes. The basic price also includes an infotainment system with navigation and a stereo with Bluetooth streaming and USB connection. Infotainment and performance information are displayed directly in front of the driver via TFT screens.

Optional Equipment

To help avoid the threat of seeing yourself coming and going in an F12berlinetta, Ferrari offers plentiful options and customizations for its exotic super coupe. Choices include more than two dozen paint colors (including 10 historic ones),and interior details that extend down to ordering custom stitching. More mundane options include front and rear parking cameras, fully electric seats, Alcantara headliner and seats, and a special custom-fitted luggage set. An available JBL Professional sound system pumps out 1,280 watts through 12 speakers. Let's not forget the passenger-side display that graphically shows in numbers the thrills you're experiencing behind the wheel.

Under the Hood

There's only one engine available in the 2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta: a 6.3-liter V12 with 731 horsepower and a motorcycle-like 8,700-rpm redline. One of the most powerful production cars in the world, the F12 sends it all to the rear wheels through a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission with manual controls. The F12berlinetta is filled with other high-tech systems designed to put all that power to work, including Ferrari's 3rd-gen E-Diff 3 electronic differential, F1 traction control and magneto-rheological suspension. Not that F12 buyers are likely to be worried about economy, but the Berlinetta's V12 engine is slightly more efficient than past Ferrari flagships. However, 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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