Duffy takes the ride of his life in the fabulous new Fazza
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.
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.
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.
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