As the 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 2-door sport coupe rolls into its second year of production, it remains the most powerful road car bearing the Prancing Horse badge, thanks to its stunningly powerful 6.2-liter V12 engine, which delivers 740 hp. Replacing the 5-year-old 599 GTB Fiorano in 2013, the F12 Berlinetta draws on a long history of previous Berlinettas dating back to the 1950s, which helped build Ferrari’s reputation as a designer of world-class exotic street racers. However, the new F12 features an all-new design and all-new sheet metal. Naturally, it rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform, a must for any true performance-oriented sports car, and seats 2 passengers in a comfortable cabin. And yes, it looks fantastic in Ferrari Red, emblazoned with the yellow-and-black Prancing Horse badge.
The simply designed grille, as well as deep curved troughs in the hood, channel cooling air into the engine bay, and side vents similarly direct air to cool the brakes. The unique styling of the tail, which features a T-shaped Kammback design, also channels airflow around the vehicle and reduces drag. Two circular LED taillights, an F1-inspired rear foglight and quad exhaust pipes are among the other exterior design features. A rear tailgate provides access to the cargo area behind the seats.
Ferrari offers a variety of customization options for the F12 Berlinetta, including a choice of 16 standard exterior colors and 10 historic colors, as well as optional sill covers and side mirrors, colored brake calipers and 3 wheel designs. Inside, 2-tone leather upholstery, technical fabrics and Alcantara trim and inserts are among the options, as well as a choice of 3 seats, including new Leaf seats with a leaf stitch pattern. Ferrari also offers a variety of upgrade packages, such as the Race and Track Package, which includes carbon-fiber shell seats, a carbon-fiber steering wheel, forged wheel rims and a carbon-fiber spoiler, and the Equipment and Travel Package, which adds front and rear parking cameras, adaptive headlights and a 12-speaker 1,280-watt JBL Professional audio system.
Competitors include the 700-hp Lamborghini Aventador, which gives the F12 Berlinetta a run for its money, making the 0-60 sprint in just 2.9 seconds.