Ferrari has given potential F12berlinetta customers something to think about, with the unveiling of its new F12 TdF.
As fans would expect, the TdF is a powered-up and lightened version of the F12 designed for those who think the already hard-core F12 just isn’t hard-core enough.
The TdF name represents the Tour de France road races of the 1950s and 60s - an event with which Ferrari was particularly dominant.
The F12’s 6.3 litre V12 petrol engine is retained for the TdF, but power is lifted from 544kW/689Nm to 574kW and 705Nm. Ferrari says 80 percent of that sizable torque figure is on tap to the driver from 2500 RPM.
Combine that with a weight reduction of 110kg over the standard F12, and the TdF can accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed beyond 330km/h.
The standard F12 weighs in at 1630kg, but customers can choose to go all-out with the weight-reducing options to bring that TdF’s dry weight down to 1415kg.
Ferrari has also improved downforce by over 30 percent for the TdF, and the carmaker says its experience in Formula 1 has helped to maximise fuel efficiency.
Despite this claim, the TdF still uses a little more than 15.0 l/100km on the official cycle, and CO2 emissions are rated at 360g/km.
Ferrari’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic carries over from the regular F12 but the ratios have been shortened.
An upgraded brake package is naturally part of the TdF deal, but the brakes are so good that the new special edition model can come to a complete stop from 100km/h in just 30.5 metres.
The brakes also play no small part in the TdF’s impressive lap times around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, with the TdF falling less than two seconds short of the LaFerrari hypercar.
The Ferrari F12 TdF will be limited to just 799 examples. The Italian supercar-maker has not disclosed the price, but expect it to be well north of the $690,745 starting price of the F12berlinetta if it arrives in Australia.