The F12 Berlinetta is Ferrari's latest front-mid-engined
July 3, 2014 10:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Tim Stevens/CNET
/ Caption by: Tim Stevens
The F12 replaces the 599 GTB and is faster, lighter, and just plain better than its predecessor.
The Berlinetta is long and low, sitting purposefully on 20-inch wheels.
Quad exhausts? Yes, please.
Carbon-ceramic brakes offer strong initial bite and great performance, even when very hot.
The classic Ferrari logo, this time mounted on what's called an "Aero Bridge" fender.
Another angle of the fender, with a large cutout to bring air
to the side of the car.
Under the hood is perhaps the best view of this car, with the 6.3-liter V12 nestled in a cradle of carbon fiber.
A closer view of the 731-horsepower monster.
Classic detailing abounds.
Let's take a seat inside...
Plenty of carbon and leather on display here.
This parcel shelf behind the seats is a lovely touch, but a costly option.
These seats are a racy option, well-suited for the track, but their lack of adjustment means they may not be the best for touring.
A look forward at the simple but comprehensive interior.
This is the skinny display that the passenger gets, displaying traction control settings or speed and rpm. It's available on the FF as well.
The sweeping center console, including buttons for controlling the transmission and dual climate control.
Titanium climate vents? But of course.
Dual-zone climate control is here, controlled with a series of physical dials.
This is the four-way controller that's used for navigating through the infotainment system. It's small but easily within reach for the driver -- but not the passenger.
The F12's steering wheel, shared with the 458 and FF. Everything you need is quickly at hand. The red knob (called a manettino) controls driving modes quickly and easily.
The dashboard, naturally dominated by the central tach.
The speedometer is on the left by default.
The left display can also show current traction control and driving modes.
Car status is displayed on the left, too, including trip.
Each page is easily accessed.
On the right you have controls for the nondriving features, including phone integration.
SiriusXM is here, if you'd like a little satellite radio.
The navigation system is basic, but voice recognition is good.
Again, a four-way selection for the right display.
And, last but not least, a decently sized trunk, complete with plush carpet, of course.
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