Ferrari F12 TdF

 

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The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has been at the top of the range of Ferrari’s line-up (withholding LaFerrari) since it’s debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. However, being a front-engined grand touring car, there were some that thought that the F12 could be even better without all the luxury that comes in the standard one. Ferrari has answered those critics with the new Ferrari F12 TdF.

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The Ferrari F12 TdF garners it’s name from the Tour de France endurance races that Ferrari used to race in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Although I can’t see too many people complaining about the lack of power in the standard F12, amongst other things, the TdF receives an upgrade to the 6.3L V12 found in the F12 Berlinetta. Power gets bumped up to 769 hp from 730 hp. Torque also gets a healthy increase of 11 lb-ft to a total of 520 lb-ft.

Other upgrades that the car receives include restyling of the body that delivers substantially more downforce – 87% more in fact – than the F12 Berlinetta. The body also allows for a wider track, bigger wheels and tires, and the monstrous brakes from the LaFerrari. The F12 TdF also gets a revised 7 speed dual clutch transmission that upshifts 30% faster and downshifts 40% faster than the regular Berlinetta.

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Ferrari has outfitted the TdF with a new four wheel steering system, dubbed Virtual Short Wheelbase system, that increases stability in high-speed situations, sharpens the turn-in response and keep the car from oversteering too much.

Of course, as with all hardcore models from Modena, the F12 TdF has undergone a substantial diet. More than 100 kg, or 220 lb, has been shaved from the car through extensive use of carbon fiber. Performance figures, as you would expect, are even more impressive than the standard F12. 0-100 km/h is achieved in a brisk 2.9s, 0-200 km/h is done away with in only 7.9s, and if you have the cajones to hold the pedal to the metal, you are looking at “over” 240 km/h.

If you want to get your hands on one, act fast. Ferrari is only planning on producing 799 F12 TdFs, cause you know, 800 would be too many…

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