The words power and prestige are synonymous with the name Ferrari. No other car brand, not even Lamborghini, can stir the emotions of racing enthusiasts and car aficionados quite the same as the Maranello-based automaker. All you have to do is look at their clothing and accessories sales, which continue to grow even if the market for luxury performance cars appears somewhat flat at the moment.
But Ferrari is first and foremost a builder of exclusive automobiles and that tradition continues with the recent announcement of the all-new Ferrari F12 TDF. Named after the famed Tour De France road race, not the cycle race, Ferrari dominated the event in the 50’s and 60’s with the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta winning four consecutive titles.
A total of only 799 units will be built of the Ferrari F12 TDF. Based on the current F12 Berlinetta, this model features the classic naturally-aspirated V12 matched to a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox. Performance numbers indicate 769 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 519 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. This is good enough to push the F12 TDF from 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and reach a top speed of 340 km/h!
Equally impressive is the stopping power of the newest Ferrari. 100-0 km/h takes a mere 30 meters and 200-0 requires only 120 meters. Carbon ceramic brakes front and rear with Extreme Design one-piece brake calipers, a 46% front- 54% rear weight bias and rear-wheel steering which Ferrari refers to as the Virtual Short Wheelbase, all add up to incredible go fast and stop fast performance.
Carbon fiber is used throughout the vehicle, specifically in the redesign of the bodywork. Aerodynamics has been significantly altered to improve speed and cornering capability. Electronic Stability Control and F1 Traction Control work in conjunction to improve grip and keep things pointed in the right direction.
As is the case with every new Ferrari, the F12 TDF is expected to sell out quickly if it’s not already completely spoken for.
Related links: Ferrari.com