Ferrari has officially started shipping its F12tdf to 799 very lucky customers. The car looks typically super car, but under the hood it is not – this is the most powerful naturally-aspirated road car in the world. It might also be adieu, with atmospherically breathing monsters an almost picayune breed among 21st century supercharged and single, twin, and quad turbocharged peers.
‘The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. At Le Mans. 1971. The quad-cam V12. Hear how they got the engine up? Hear those exhaust notes? That’s a very wide rev range… Here, it peaks at 5500 RPM…’
There’s that familiar scene between Otto and Memphis in Gone in 60 Seconds, when a communal love for the primal roar of a naturally aspirated Ferrari at full throttle brings crooks together. The V12 365 on audition sounded lovely, however the F12tdf shares its nameplate with the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione, a 3.0-litre V12 capable of 265km/h that dominated the Tour de France from 1956 to 1962. The Scaglietti-bodied Ferrari 250 GT Competizione became effectively known as the Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’.
Ferrari’s 2016 F12tdf more than doubles the capacity of the original ‘tdf’, featuring a 6.3-litre V12 producing 574kW of power at a staggering 8,900rpm and 705Nm of torque at 6,750rpm – 30kW and 124Nm more than the standard F12 Berlinetta. Gear changes will be truly rapid with a revised, more efficient seven-speed dual-clutch automatic featuring even shorter gear ratios. With a weight of 1415kg, you can expect bone-jellifying acceleration with 0-100km/h in 2.9sec and a top speed of 340km/h.
While the F12tdf is built on a long wheelbase, the Ferrari features ‘Virtual Short Wheelbase’, a system of rear-wheel steering and wider front tyres that allows quicker steering input corrections and improved handling dynamics.
Ferrari F12tdf is available this year in Australia from $808,888 plus on-road costs.