The new model features a 6.3-litre V12 that spins out 552kW of power and 690Nm of torque. Last week, online rumours pointed to the new model being called the F620 GT, which we liked, but Ferrari, in its wisdom, has decided to go for F12berlinetta instead.
That's right, the all-new Ferrari F12berlinetta, with no space and a lowercase "b" — someone at Ferrari must really hate sub-editors — but no one really cares about the name, right? We'll just call it the F12 for short, and move along to the important bit: the speed.
With all of its drive modes set to their most aggressive, the F12 should pass 100km/h from a dead stop in 3.1 seconds, and hit 200km/h at about the same time that your stopwatch ticks off 8.4 seconds. From there, it can go on to a maximum speed of over 340km/h.
The F12's 12-cylinder engine sits ahead of the driver at the front of the vehicle, sending its 690Nm of torque to a dual-clutch automated transaxle, which uses F1-inspired technology, of course. It sits behind the cabin and between the rear wheels, through which the power reaches the road. Ferrari doesn't state the number of ratios available, but it's a safe bet that this gearbox is based on the seven-speed unit in the Ferrari FF. This configuration gives the F12 a rear-biased 46/54 front-to-rear weight distribution. Overall, the F12 is about 70kg lighter than the 599 that it replaces, and it features a shorter wheelbase and a lower centre of gravity. All of these factors should contribute to a nimbler track car, which really should be the point of any vehicle that wears the prancing horse badge.
Magnetically controlled suspension bits, carbon-ceramic brakes and one of the most impressive collections of traction control, power management and stability-aid systems this side of a Formula One car are all at the driver's command.
Ferrari claims that its new toy is 30 per cent more efficient than its predecessor, and has a coefficient of drag of just 0.299 — that's about on par with a Toyota Prius. However, Ferrari has also managed to increase downforce by 76 per cent over the old model. How'd they do it? It has something to do with a bit of sculpting on the hood, called the Aero Bridge, which generates downforce while also guiding flowing air around the vehicle to reduce drag. There's also active shutter technology on the brake-cooling vent, which only opens the brake ducts when the brakes are operating at a high temperature to reduce drag while cruising.
Ferrari collaborated with legendary coachbuilder Pininfarina on the exterior styling and aerodynamics. Meanwhile, the inside benefits from new Frau Leather trim, carbon fibre, metal accents and — get this — increased luggage space and a larger boot opening. Yes, even on its most powerful and fastest car yet, Ferrari is thinking about our luggage.
Expect more details to emerge as the 2012 Geneva Motor Show approaches, including the curiously missing price tag. Until then, click through to our gallery (above) for more photos.