Eight hours. That is all the time Motor Trend's Carlos Lago got to spend with the 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta, despite traveling roughly 24 hours for this journey. Even so, Lago learns very quickly that the newest road car from the Prancing Horse is automotive perfection.
First, a reminder of just what makes the F12berlinetta just so spectacular: Ferrari's fastest-ever road car is powered by a direct-injected 6.3-liter V-12 rated at 731 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the 20-inch rear wheels, which are wrapped in huge 315/35 Michelin Pilot Supersport tires. (The front wheels wear 255/35s.) Ferrari has also upped the ante with technologically-driven design, incorporating things like active cooling ducts and Air Bridge cutouts in the front fenders.
So what does Lago have to say about all this? The car's steering is sublime, its handling lithe and nimble on the track while throttle response is sharp enough that the F12 is a joy to drive around town. Thanks to the artillery of computers, the F12berlinetta is "not intimidating to go wide open throttle." However, those artificial brains are never invasive, letting the driver have control but never get too out of hand. And the shrieks and bellows from the 12-cylinder engine are "just pure music to the ears."
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