Rewards outweigh challenges of driving most focused F12 ever
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Engine V12, 6262cc, petrol
Power 770bhp at 8900rpm
Torque 520lb ft at 6250rpm
Gearbox 7-spd auto
Weight 1415kg (dry)
Top speed 211mph
Economy 18.3mpg (combined)
CO2/tax band 360g/km, 37%
Between us, our test team drives a lot of supercars. Which means we can judge the new Ferrari F12tdf against a lot of comparable vehicles – and it also means you can trust us when we say there aren’t any.
The F12tdf is a limited-run special edition with a stripped-out interior and liberal use of carbon fibre. It has nearly twice as much downforce as the standard F12, and is 20% stiffer, with revised shocks, four-wheel steering and wider front tyres. It costs £339,000 – around £100k more than the standard F12 – and all 799 examples produced have already been snapped up by specially invited Ferrari aficionados.
What they’re getting is one of the most unswervingly driver-focused cars ever, as we found out on a rainy day in Wales. It was a situation hardly conducive to the Ferrari’s extreme nature, as this car requires a lot of hard work and almost superhuman concentration to pilot. But it meant we were able to find out just how hard it could be pushed around the treacherous, narrow, sheep poo-slathered mountain roads.
Split-second driver responses are required to deal with the tramlining front rubber, thuggishly aggressive steering and hard-as-nails, off-the-line-traction-destroying suspension. It’s a challenge – but oh, what a glorious challenge, as the V12 brims with a wild, untamed hunger for revs. The F12tdf’s focus and aggression give a driving experience like no other – even including the LaFerrari.
The rewards hugely outweigh the difficulties of piloting the most focused, nay obnoxious, F12 ever. This indescribably exciting supercar sets a new standard for driving pleasure – and the fact you’re only ever one step away from it all going terribly wrong only adds to the frisson.