| By e.h.reliance
Let's cut to the chase. The F12berlinetta is the fastest Ferrari ever produced. The naturally aspirated V12 engine has a top speed of 340km/h (211mph). 0 - 100km/h (62mph) in 3.1sec 0 - 200km/h (120 mph) in 8.5 sec Fast enough? And surprisingly, thanks to Ferrari's start-stop system, fuel economy is a very reasonable 15.7 l/100km (18 mpg) Much like an F1 the F12berlinetta uses shortened gear ratios to match the monster power of the engine. Of course the innovation continues through a chassis co-developed by Scaglietti - made of 12 different aluminium alloys, structural rigidity is increased by 20% over the 599, with weight reduced an amazing 70kg (150 lbs). With ceramic disc brakes, ABS, SCM-E magnetorheological suspension (apparently a system also used in body armour(?) an electronic limited slip differential, ESP premium stability control and F1-Trac traction control, the F12berlinetta is shorter, lower and narrower than the previous V12 coupe. But its DNA is 100% Ferrari. The price? Unknown prior to release in 2013, but Ferrari has just auctioned the first F12berlinetta in the US (to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts) for US$1.25 million. Bidding started at US$315,888 - so that might be a clue.