Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

A near-faultless two-seat Italian grand tourer

9.3
wowscore
This is the average score given by leading car publications from 11 reviews
  • Huge power
  • Smart styling
  • Great for long distances
  • Slight steering complaints
  • Not the best interior
  • Little else...
 

£241,083 Price range

 

2 Seats

 

18 MPG

Review

Ferrari’s front-engined GT cars have always been the company’s true calling, even if mid-engined sports cars and crazy hypercars have occasionally stolen the limelight.

The thunderous F12 follows in the footsteps of the 599, 575, 550 and historically, the much-revered Daytona. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive praising not just the F12’s performance but its GT abilities too – the famous Italian marque hasn’t lost its GT-making talents.

The F12’s interior isn’t its best attribute. Not that it’s bad, as Ferraris these days are usually of high quality and good standards of build, but some testers are less keen on the design. One describes “horrible, glinty carbon-fibre trims” and another “too much plastic and a style too derivative of lesser Ferraris”.

It is, however, a comfortable space, and surprisingly practical too – with as much boot space as a BMW 7-Series. And while the interior design might not be perfect it’s mentioned surprisingly infrequently – most testers were just having too much fun!

You’d hope a car with the monstrous performance potential of the F12 would have a chassis to back it up, and thankfully it does. There are a few complaints about the steering, which is actually a little too quick – “it makes the car more difficult to drive, requiring more precision from the driver in general and in particular when the back gets loose” according to one tester.

That aside, the F12 has mighty traction, huge cornering grip, yet a suprisingly absorbent ride quality. It is after all a GT car, and the Manettino steering wheel switch lets you choose more road-biased driving modes for swallowing up long distances.

It probably comes as little surprise that a 6.3-litre V12 engine producing 730 horsepower makes the F12 one of the quickest cars on the road. Officially, 0-62 mph takes only 3.1 seconds and it’ll not stop accelerating until 211 mph.

What might be more of a surprise is the way the huge unit revs to 8,700 rpm, the way the dual-clutch gearbox makes it as civilised as any other modern car when you’re driving more sedately (but lightning fast when you’re pressing hard on the accelerator), yet it’s still an engine capable of beating both Ferraris Enzo and 599 GTO around the company’s Fiorano test track.

The Ferrari F12 starts at £239,736 on the road. Value is a difficult concept to attach to something with that sort of price. It’s worth noting that rivals like theAston Martin Vanquish and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, while both a long way off the Ferrari on power, are also both £40,000-£50,000 cheaper.

On the other hand, a V12-equipped Lamborghini Aventador is more expensive and less practical.

Conclusion

There’s very little else you need to know about the F12. An even hotter version isn’t yet rumored, so the Enzo’s Fiorano laptime will remain only mildly embarrased, rather than hugely humiliated.

We could tell you that if you want a car not dissimilar to the F12 but like the occasional trip to Courchevel for some skiing, then Ferrari also makes the four-wheel drive FF.

Reviews for the F12 are not far off as good as it gets – and when testers are throwing around terms like “bombastic”, “towering” and “on another planet” you know we’re talking about a good car.

One review sums it up simply by saying, “Without doubt, this is the world’s best all-round supercar”. What more could you ask for?