There are only a few street-legal cars in the world with 700 plus horsepower. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta happens to be one of them. Ferrari is planning to launch a new model to commemorate its dominance on the “Tour De France” road race.
The vehicle dominated this race for one decade from 1950 to 1960. In particular, the 1956 model won four consecutive events. The Model will change its nametag to the “ 2016 F12 tdf ” to go with the occasion.
2016 Ferrari F12 tdf Exterior
The body of the F12 tdf is much lighter than the Berlinetta on which it is based due to extensive use of carbon fiber inside and out. It weighs 1,520 kg which is 110 kg less than the Berlinetta. The vehicle’s aerodynamics has also been changed to improve its cornering ability and speed.
The new bodywork features a longer and higher rear spoiler, a redesigned rear diffuser and large air vents to channel air flow along the vehicle’s sides. The vehicle rides on 20-inch alloy wheels. The front wheels are wrapped in larger tires for greater lateral acceleration when maneuvering corners.
2016 Ferrari F12 tdf Interior
Sliding into the cabin, you will be met by a largely clean cabin which is track-focused. This was done deliberately according to Ferrari. The door panels feature a carbon-fiber trim and the traditional glovebox has been replaced by knee padding.
The cabin also features a huge dose of Alcantara in place of real leather. Further, to show its track-focused character, the cabin features aluminum plates on the floor rather than mats. The vehicle has excellent traction and stability control which improve its grip and help keep things in order.
Engine Specs and Performance
The F12 tdf comes with even more power under the hood compared to the Berlinetta. It will be powered by a similar 6.3 L, V-12 engine in the Berlinetta.
However, the engine on the 2016 Ferrari F12 tdf has been tuned to produce 769 hp compared to the Berlinetta’s 731 hp @ 8,500 rpm. The tuning has also shot up torque from 509 lb-ft to 520 lb-ft of torque @ 6,750 rpm. It has been so tuned so that 80% of maximum torque is available from as low as 2,500 rpm.
The engine powers the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of over 211 mph. The engine is rated to deliver a fuel efficiency of 18.3 mpg on combined drives and a CO2 emission of 360g/km. The impressive fuel efficiency is courtesy of modifications borrowed from the F1 cars.
The engine is mated to a 7-speed, F1 sourced dual-clutch automatic transmission system with shorter gear ratios. The vehicle is also hooked up with one-piece brake calipers sourced from the LaFerrari supercar which allow the F12 tdf to brake from 60-0 mph in an outstanding 30.5 meters.
The vehicle has also been equipped with a rear-wheel steering system referred to as “Virtual Short Wheelbase”. This system adjusts the rear wheels automatically for maximum steering angle thus increasing its stability at high speeds.
Price and release date
Only 799 units of the 2016 Ferrari F12 tdf will be produced. The automaker is yet to disclose official details about its price and release date. However, the sports car is expected to cost around $ 320,000.
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