Like all the best Ferraris, the entire character of the car is defined by its engine, in this case a 6.3-litre V12 with a startling 730bhp. Raw performance is enough to make conventional supercars seem anaemic by comparison, yet its manners are perfect and completely in tune with the seven speed double clutch, paddle shift transmission. As with all other Ferraris these days, there is no manual option.
Ferrari F12 ride & handling
You need a chassis of rare ability to cope with that kind of power – and the F12 has one. It’s beautifully balanced, blessed with outstanding grip and brakes that are at least a match for the available performance. The ride is equally impressive, with enough suppleness to make the F12 a grand tourer as well as a sports car. The steering is the only black mark; it’s a little too light and a lot too quick and aggressive.
Ferrari F12 refinement
For a car that makes as much noise as the F12 does at full throttle, it can also be remarkably quiet. If you hold the engine at a constant speed on the motorway it falls almost silent. Wind noise is well controlled, too, so the refinement is really only spoiled by tyre roar on certain surfaces. Then again, when a car has so much rubber, that’s to be expected.