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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Makes Auto Showgoers Salivate

by on January 21, 2013

Of all the hundreds of vehicles shown at the Detroit Auto Show this year, automakers prepared elaborate presentations for only the hottest new models. Music, celebrities, and performers were on hand to introduce the press to some of the most intriguing new concepts in the automotive industry. At the small Ferrari booth was the F12 Berlinetta that went without a major introduction or press event. But it certainly was not ignored – and could afford to go without a flashy show.

Some things just speak for themselves.

Ferrari has quietly returned to exhibit at the North American International Auto Show for the first time in years. To kick off its return, the legendary Italian automaker showcased the most powerful road car ever launched in its history. Powered by a 6.3-liter V12, the F12 Berlinetta achieves an incredible 730 horsepower. An advanced seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. It is capable of producing 80 percent of its 509 pound-feet of torque from just 2,500 rpm. Even more incredibly, this racing fiend can zoom to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, and it tips the speedometer to over 211 mph.

Ferrari’s latest two-seater coupe replaces the 599 GTB Fiorano, and it is smaller in length, width, and wheelbase than its predecessor. Weighing around 3,594 pounds, the F12 Berlinetta is also 154 pounds lighter than Ferrari’s previous V12 coupe. The center of gravity has dropped an entire inch from the previous generation. Its stiffened body, aluminum form, and aerodynamic extras help enhance the driving feel.

Fortunately, the F12 Berlinetta will not be limited to only European customers. Deliveries of the F12 Berlinetta in the U.S. to lucky buyers will start this spring. How much does it go for? Oh, only $315,888 for the base model.

But here is probably what you were really looking for. Check out these up-and-close pictures of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta:

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