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The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a four-wheeled rocketship (pictures)

The Berlinetta is one of those rare cars that looks as good under the hood as it does on the outside.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The F12 Berlinetta is Ferrari's latest front-mid-engined supercar.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The F12 replaces the 599 GTB and is faster, lighter, and just plain better than its predecessor.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The Berlinetta is long and low, sitting purposefully on 20-inch wheels.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Quad exhausts? Yes, please.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Carbon-ceramic brakes offer strong initial bite and great performance, even when very hot.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The classic Ferrari logo, this time mounted on what's called an "Aero Bridge" fender.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Another angle of the fender, with a large cutout to bring air to the side of the car.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Under the hood is perhaps the best view of this car, with the 6.3-liter V12 nestled in a cradle of carbon fiber.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

A closer view of the 731-horsepower monster.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Classic detailing abounds.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Let's take a seat inside...

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Plenty of carbon and leather on display here.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

This parcel shelf behind the seats is a lovely touch, but a costly option.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

A look forward at the simple but comprehensive interior.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The sweeping center console, including buttons for controlling the transmission and dual climate control.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Titanium climate vents? But of course.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Dual-zone climate control is here, controlled with a series of physical dials.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The dashboard, naturally dominated by the central tach.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The speedometer is on the left by default.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The left display can also show current traction control and driving modes.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Car status is displayed on the left, too, including trip.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Each page is easily accessed.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

On the right you have controls for the nondriving features, including phone integration.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

SiriusXM is here, if you'd like a little satellite radio.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The navigation system is basic, but voice recognition is good.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Again, a four-way selection for the right display.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

And, last but not least, a decently sized trunk, complete with plush carpet, of course.

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