MOST of you will undoubtedly agree that there’s something very special about owning a car with a prancing horse pasted on the front. They’re a combination of prestige and performance, meant for the lucky few who can actually afford a car that costs more than a block of flats.
Exclusivity, naturally, comes as standard, but what if you want something even more exclusive? Last month Ferrari sold an impressive 14 cars in South Africa and imagine how depressed you’re going to feel if you pulled up next to another 458 at the traffic lights.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta made its debut in South Africa last week and as the fastest and most expensive car in the range, it’s set to take exclusivity to another level entirely.
Give yourself a second to appreciate the beautiful lines of this über-Ferrari. It’s a sensational piece of design that looks even better (and wider) in the metal. It’s a big claim, we know, but in our minds this is easily the best-looking Ferrari in the past 20 years.
The 6 262cc naturally aspirated V12 engine delivers a colossal 544kW and 690Nm of torque. It accelerates to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds and to 200km/h in 8.5 seconds. Simply put, the F12 is the fastest road car in Ferrari’s history, taking a mere one minute and 23 seconds to complete the famous Fiorano track in Maranello.
The space-frame chassis and bodyshell are completely new and now incorporate no less than 12 different aluminium alloys, some of which have been used for the first time in the automotive sector. New assembly and joining technologies were also adopted in its construction. This has allowed the car’s overall weight to be kept to just 1 525kg and has maximised its performance efficiency, with torsional rigidity boosted by 20%.
Aerodynamics plays a major role in the F12’s blistering performance. Most of the key aerodynamic solutions are discreetly hidden within the exterior styling. Take the Aero Bridge, which uses the bonnet to generate downforce - another first for the automotive industry. It also employs Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake-cooling ducts only at high-operating temperatures.
Ferrari claims that the interior highlights the balance of advanced technology in the form of the Human-Machine Interface, which places all controls within easy reach of the driver. The cabin has been optimised to ensure maximum usability of the interior space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats. On the dashboard are new carbon-fibre and light-alloy air vents inspired by the aeronautical sector.
If you have to ask how much, don’t even bother putting it on your list. For those lucky few who aren’t bothered by insignificant details like pricing, the F12 can be ordered through the official importers of Ferrari products to South Africa, Viglietti Motors.