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The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - CRAIG DUFF

and cheaper than its pre­de­ces­sor, the 599 GTO.

And if grandma keeps the tacho un­der 4000rpm and has a light right foot, she can safety drive it to the shops.

VALUE

A lot more car for a lot less money should prod po­ten­tial own­ers to at least test drive the F12 — and the first ex­am­ple landed in Syd­ney last week.

The $691,000 sticker un­der­cuts the 599 GTO by $200,000 and it’s cheaper than a Lam­borgh­ini Aven­ta­dor. Stan­dard gear runs from car­bon-ce­ramic brakes to a Bose sound sys­tem, voice ac­ti­va­tion of the stereo and phone, sat­nav, mag­netic sus­pen­sion damp­ing and a huge boost to the oc­cu­pants’ egos.

TECH­NOL­OGY

Where to start? As the Fer­rari flag­ship, the F12 gets the lat­est and great­est toys the Maranello mas­ter­minds can con­ceive. Engi­neers gut­ted the 6.3-litre V12 of the FF and fit­ted lighter and stronger in­ter­nals. Many com­po­nents — car­bon­ce­ramic brakes, trac­tion con­trol and seven-speed du­al­clutch auto trans­mis­sion among them — evolved from Fer­rari’s F1 tech­nol­ogy.

The space­frame chas­sis uses 12 al­loys, with key com­po­nents fash­ioned from aero­nau­ti­cal­grade met­als for their light­ness and strength. Fer­rari doesn’t use struc­tural car­bon fi­bre in the F12, ar­gu­ing the rel­a­tively big dis­tances F12 own­ers clock up make al­loy a more prac­ti­cal choice for re­pair­ing.

Weight dis­tri­bu­tion is 46:54 front-to-rear, a mo­men­tous achieve­ment given the F12’s engine is front-mounted, even if most of that weight sits be­hind the front axle.

DE­SIGN

It looks stun­ning from any an­gle but the shape of the F12 is de­ter­mined by fus­ing style and sta­bil­ity. The sig­na­ture ele­ments — the bon­net vent, the ‘‘ aero bridge’’ chan­nels above the front wheel arches, the side scoops and the multi-vaned rear dif­fuser — have been de­signed us­ing com­pu­ta­tional fluid dy­nam­ics to meld aero­dy­nam­ics with aes­thet­ics.

Slip into the en­velop­ing driver’s seat and the big cen­tral tachome­ter dom­i­nates the view, flanked by a pair of TFT

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