The all-new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – the quickest and most powerful road car in the Italian supercar company’s history – has been officially revealed ahead of its debut at next week’s Geneva motor show.
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Previously referred to as the 620 GT, the F12 Berlinetta replaces the Ferrari 599 and introduces what the Prancing Horse brand describes as a “new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinder supercars”.

As revealed in earlier reports, the F12 Berlinetta is powered by a 6.3-litre V12 that produces 544kW of power and 690Nm of torque. A whopping 552Nm is available from just 2500rpm.

The all-new spaceframe chassis and body shell are constructed using 12 different kinds of alloys – some of them for the first time in a road car. The result is a 70kg reduction in weight (now just 1525kg) compared with the 599 and a 20 per cent increase in structural rigidity.

The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has a shorter wheelbase than the 599, and the engine, seats and dashboard sit lower in the chassis. A revised rear suspension layout and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission have also allowed the engineers to reduce the rear volume of the car. Overall, the new design is more compact than before with a lower, more rearward centre of gravity and unprecedented aerodynamic efficiency.

The end result is an all-new supercar that blasts from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds, 0-200km/h in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 340km/h. The 599 – capable of 3.7 seconds, 11.0 seconds and 330-plus km/h respectively – pales in comparison.

It also laps Ferrari’s Fiorano test track faster than any other Ferrari road car. At 1min23secs, the F12 Berlinetta clocks in ahead of the 599 GTO (1:24) and the Enzo (1:25).

Despite the insane performance gains, Ferrari says the F12 Berlinetta is 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the model it replaces, with engineers focusing intensely on the engine, aerodynamics, tyres and component weights to reduce the car’s environmental footprint.

Underpinning the F12 Berlinetta are Ferrari’s latest-generation carbon ceramic brakes and an evolution of the magnetorheological suspension control system. Like all new Ferraris, the electronic control systems (ABS, ESP, F1-Trac and E-Diff) are fully integrated.

Designed as a collaborative effort between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, Ferrari describes the supercar as the “perfect balance of uncompromising aerodynamics with harmonious proportions”. The aggressive, sleek coupe body conceals a more spacious cabin filled with handcrafted leather, carbon fibre and aluminium, drawing inspiration from the world of aeronautics.

The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta will hit the stand at Geneva on March 6. It will go on sale in Australia early in 2013, with local prices and specifications to be revealed closer to its launch. The old 599 was priced from $677,250.