You’re unlikely to find someone who feels the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta needed a performance boost, but that’s exactly what it got. The latest car to roll out of Maranello is the F12 TdF, a tribute to the original Tour de France car race.
The special edition features more power, less weight and new systems on board to keep it all running smoothly. The F12 Berlinetta’s screaming 6.3-litre V12 has been upgraded to 780 metric horsepower. Peak torque now clocks in at 520 pound-feet. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been enhanced to deliver upshifts 30 percent faster and downshifts 40 percent faster.
On the outside, the new car looks radically different from its predecessor. An assortment of aerodynamic aids help boost downforce. A larger rear spoiler has been added, as well as a new front bumper and revised ‘aerobridge’ on the front fenders. Larger tyres have been fitted on front and back.
Beneath the skin, lightweight carbon fiber has replaced much of the standard aluminum, slashing the car’s weight by 110kg. The result of all these enhancements is a 0-62 time of just 2.9 seconds and a laptime at Ferrari’s Fiorano track of 1:21. That’s 2 seconds better than the F12 Berlinetta and just 1.3 seconds behind the LaFerrari.
Only 799 examples of the Ferrari F12 TdF will be built, and are likely already accounted for.