Produced from 2015-2017, the F12tdf represented the pinnacle of the F12berlinetta. It served as a torchbearer for Ferrari’s legacy of powerful, front-engined, V-12 gran turismos dating back to the 1960s, the F12 in its Tour de France iteration stood as the epitome of this tradition.
Created as a track-focused model, the F12tdf showcased numerous enhancements over the already advanced F12berlinetta. The 6.3-liter V-12 underwent retuning, achieving an impressive 769 horsepower, surpassing the power of any previous Ferrari, except for the LaFerrari. Carbon ceramic discs and one-piece calipers, borrowed from Ferrari’s mid-engined flagship, were employed to harness this newfound power. Substantial use of carbon fiber reduced the curb weight by 110 kilograms, while the gearbox featured shortened gear ratios and faster shifts. Notably, the F12tdf marked Ferrari’s first foray into four-wheel steering.
These modifications resulted in a visually more aggressive machine than the standard F12berlinetta, characterized by broader side sills and an “Aerobridge” guiding airflow along the car’s sides. With an elongated, heightened rear wing and an active rear diffuser, the Tour de France exhibited an 87% increase in downforce compared to the standard F12. Performance-wise, it stood as one of Maranello’s fastest cars, achieving 0-100 km/h in a mere 2.9 seconds and boasting an impressive top speed of 340 km/h.
Given its exclusivity, with only 799 units produced between 2015 and 2017, every F12tdf is a rare specimen just like this one that’s currently auctioned on Bring A Trailer. Purchased new by the current owner through Ferrari of Houston, Texas, this F12tdf is finished in Rosso F1 with Grigio Silverstone and Nero Stellato accents over Nero leather and Alcantara upholstery. Powered by a 6.3-liter F140 V12 mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle and an electronic limited-slip differential, it boasts features such as 20″ light alloy wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes, a suspension-lift system, four-wheel steering, an SCM-E magnetorheological damping system, bi-xenon headlights, front and rear cameras, Scuderia Ferrari fender shields, titanium exhaust outlets, carbon-fiber interior and exterior accents, large-sized Daytona racing seats, dual-zone climate control, a JBL Professional sound system, and navigation.
The Ferrari F12tdf stands as one of the greatest gran turismos of the modern era, a worthy successor to the game-changing Prancing Horse-badged V-12s that came before. This particular example, with 7k miles on the odometer, would make a superb addition to any collection, promising a thrilling experience whether on the road or track.