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It will come as no surprise to the auto-literate that the F12 is a very quick car. Let’s get right down to it: The Ferrari F12 hits 60 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds at a screaming 131.7 mph. It stops from 60 mph in just 106 feet and pulls an estimated 0.99 g on the skid pad.
In the ranks of supercars, those are pretty good numbers, but they also provoke questions. A 3.6-second 60-mph time isn’t all that great for a 731-hp car with 509 lb-ft of torque. There are several other rear-drive sports cars that will do that with significantly less power. Certain Corvettes, Porsches, McLarens, and even the odd Mustang come to mind. The stopping distance also falls into the realm of very good but not great. An 11.3-second quarter-mile run is even a few tenths slow for the power. The odd figure out is the incredibly high quarter-mile trap speed, which I’ll get to in a second.
It’s not easy being the new kid, especially at the high-performance prep school. With a few notable exceptions, Ferrari doesn’t really make bad cars. Many are among the best performers of their generation, and here comes the 2014 F12 Berlinetta, ready to pick up that torch from the Enzo with claims it’ll be even quicker than the iconic, all-out supercar that once held several records in our testing books. The new kid thinks he’s tough.