People like to hear about Ferraris because many gear heads have an inner 10-year-old who still wants a Ferrari poster on the wall. The next generation of said posters may have the F12 Berlinetta, the fastest Ferrari road car yet.
Official unveiling in Geneva
There are a handful of motor shows where car makers take their upcoming models and concepts to show off for the press and the public and to one-up their competitors. The upcoming Geneva Motor Show is, naturally, dominated by European car companies.
The party pieces every year are new supercars. Car makers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Koenigsegg make cars that few will drive, let alone see in the flesh, but their cars capture people’s attention for many reasons, not least of which are the beautiful designs and unhinged speed.
One of the most talked about this year is Ferrari’s new grand tourer, the F12 Berlinetta, according to USA Today, which promises to be the fastest road car yet to wear the prancing pony badge.
Evolution of previous model
The F12 is an evolution of the previous grand tourer, the 599 GTB Fiorano. Like the 599, it has a front-mounted V-12 and generous leather and carbon-fiber appointments inside. It even looks slightly similar, though the major difference is under the hood.
The F12 has a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12, which produces 730 horsepower, and comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, operated via wheel-mounted paddle shifters. According to the Daily Mail, the new motor also produces 65 fewer kilograms per mile of carbon dioxide.
The F12 is also said to have gained 30 percent greater fuel efficiency, though it’s still going to be thirsty. The 599 got a combined mileage of 12 miles per gallon, according to the Department of Energy, and the F12 should get around 16.
The new car is also lighter than the outgoing model and thus much faster. The new car, according to MotorTrend, races from 0 to 62 miles per hour, or 0 to 100 kilometers per hour, in just 3.1 seconds, faster than any road car Ferrari has released to date, and reaches a top speed of 211 miles per hour.
Big power, big price
Of course, it is also going to cost a lot. The Daily Mail reports that it will list for 250,000 pounds, or about $400,000. A person could buy 10 BMWs or 20 Mazdas for that.
There are faster cars for much less money. A Caterham R500 will get a person from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds and costs less than $70,000, though it isn’t a great choice for a daily driver. An Ariel Atom 3 does the same and starts at $52,480, but it also isn’t a great choice as a road car. That said, a Nissan GT-R is, and those go for less than $100,000, are faster from 0 to 60 and get a combined mileage of 19 miles per gallon.
Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy site: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/
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