We have been talking a great deal about Ferrari’s hardcore F12 Berlinetta and now it’s finally here in production form. Although previous reports indicated the car would wear the “Speciale” or “GTO” moniker, the vehicle has actually received the “tdf” suffix as a reference to the Tour de France endurance which was dominated during the 50s and 60s by Ferrari.
Compared to the standard F12, this tdf version is 110 kg lighter thanks to a more extensive use of carbon fiber for the newly developed, more aerodynamic body. Important novelties would have to be the redesigned rear diffuser, a more raked rear window and a new spoiler which is 60 mm longer and 30 mm higher than before while the vented rear fenders are reminiscent of the iconic 250 GTO.
Power comes from the same naturally aspirated 6262cc V12 gasoline engine, but Ferrari’s engineers have managed to squeeze even more horsepower as the motor now churns an additional 40 bhp for a massive total of 780 bhp available at 8,500 rpm. The torque figure has also increased by 15 Nm to 705 Nm at 6,750 rpm and it’s sent to the rear wheels via revised version of the F1-derived dual clutch transmission that has 6% shorter gear ratios and manages to provide 40% quicker downshifts and 30% faster upshifts.
More power combined with less weight always equals better performance and in this case the Ferrari F12tdf is capable of performing the 0-100 kmph run in 2.9 seconds while the 0-200 kmph sprint takes just 7.9 seconds, en route to a maximum speed in excess of 340 kmph. If that’s not impressive enough, the prancing horse says the car has managed to lap the Fiorano track in Italy in just 1 minute and 21 seconds.
Ferrari hasn’t disclosed any pricing information but needless to say it will be a lot more expensive than the F12 Berlinetta, especially since production will be capped at just 799 cars.