The notion of a daily driver supercar seems peculiar in some ways. Supercars are special automobiles for special times. Or maybe not. The 2016 Ferrari F12berlinetta is often cited as an everyday supercar. Reasons abound.
The F12 Berlinetta has the machismo to satisfy the performance wonts of anyone who needs and appreciates speed. It’s equipped with a 6.3-liter V12 engine with 731 horsepower and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Maximum speed is 211 miles per hour. The transmission is a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch with manual controls, and the beast advances on 20-inch wheels. Forward, launch and reverse buttons decorate the gear selector.
While treated gently, the flagship Ferrari exudes the confidence of its moniker. It can be a playful restrained coupe, a prancing pony on a controlled stroll. But accelerate aggressively and watch out. All that honed the Italian nameplate’s reputation through the years come quickly to the forefront.
The car’s versatility shines. Despite its vast performance capabilities, the F12berlinetta can be as smooth and understated as any Ferrari can hope to get on the road. But venture onto a track, and the Ferrari’s thrust, superior grip, and instant response define supercar performance. It’s all accompanied by the signature Ferrari engine wail.
The Ferrari’s performance is equaled by interior and exterior craftsmanship. To decrease the drag and assist downforce, aerodynamic channels dominate the design of F12berlinetta’s side panels. They defer wind away from the roof. Aerodynamic efficiency is also aided by brake-cooling ducts. They only open when operating temperatures are high.
While the driver gets the pleasure of experiencing the behind-the-wheel thrill of Ferrari, a companion is not forgotten. An information readout on the passenger side of the two-seat cockpit allows viewing the speed and other statistics at close range. The driver-passenger intimacy is further enhanced with top-line leather as well as aluminum and carbon fiber trim.