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Car Of The Day: 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Perhaps the most exciting car announced in 2012 (it is a 2013 model year car) is the F12 Berlinetta. It is the third-generation Ferrari GT which follows the 599 GTB Fiorano and 550 Maranello. When released, Ferrari called it the fastest Ferrari ever built and cited a lap time around Fiorano of 1’23”.

Every aspect of the F12 improves upon the specification of the 599 GTB Fiorano. This includes upgrades to engine power, aerodynamics, fuel consumption, chassis rigidity, safety and luggage access with a new rear hatch. The car is built with an aluminum alloy space frame structure with a body styled jointly by Pininfarina and Ferrari’s own style center. Many elements are taken from the Ferrari FF released at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

A highlight of the car is its 6.3L V12 engine which produces 750 bhp without the aid of turbochargers or superchargers. This unit uses variable timing and direct gasoline injection for improved efficiency. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch transmission and an active electronic differential.

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