F12 Berlinetta, the fastest Ferrari ever, zooms into Geneva
TURIN -- Ferrari says the F12 Berlinetta that debuts this week in Geneva is its most powerful road car ever.
The replacement for the 599 GTB Fiorano coupe accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds. It completed a lap of Ferrari's Fiorano test track in 1 minute and 23 seconds -- a record for one of its road cars, Ferrari said.
The F12 Berlinetta is powered by a 740-hp, 6.3-liter gasoline direct-injection V-12 engine. Compared with the latest version of the 599, carbon dioxide emissions were reduced 15 percent while horsepower increased 9 percent. The car weighs 3,362 pounds, 154 pounds less than the model it replaces.
The new model will be slightly more expensive than the 599 GTB Fiorano, which in Italy starts at 260,000 euros, or about $349,000. European deliveries begin in June, and U.S. shipments start at the end of the year.
Ferrari said the F12 Berlinetta has a new aluminum spaceframe chassis and body shell made from 12 alloys, some of which are being used for the first time in the automotive sector.
The wheelbase is shorter than that of the GTB Fiorano, and the engine, dashboard and seats are lower in the chassis.
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