F12 Berlinetta

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MisterBigglesworth

214 posts

28 months

Tuesday 2nd August
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Well we got there in the end.

Huge team effort from Harry & the team to get the car through the workshop for collection last Tuesday but the paperwork didn't go through in time for payout so they arranged for a transport delivery today.

Was given a lovely Ferrari jacket to make up for all the delays and super happy with the service I got at Dick Lovett and despite the drawn out financing it was well worth the wait. Havent driven the car yet as waiting for it to go on its private plate but happy just to stare at it out the window at the moment.

Harry and the team have been fantastic and super patient dealing with the funding, and went above and beyond to make sure everything was right on the car before I got it. Heard it start for the first time coming off the truck and no longer miss my 458 smile


mako111

57 posts

192 months

Tuesday 2nd August
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Congratulations and good to see the thread back on topic wink.

Enjoy the V12, its a very special engine and gearbox combo. I slightly regret not jumping into one last year alongside the 458 but with two small children even that's not getting used as much as I'd like.

Taffy66

5,441 posts

82 months

Tuesday 2nd August
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Stunning car. Glad everything turned out in he end. Dick Lovett Ferrari Swindon are a great dealership.

J-P

Original Poster:

4,158 posts

186 months

Tuesday 2nd August
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Great news!

Glad you got there in the end.

DeejRC

3,943 posts

62 months

Tuesday 2nd August
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Hurrah! Welcome to the best Ferrari road car ever made.

MisterBigglesworth

214 posts

28 months

Tuesday 2nd August
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DeejRC said:
Hurrah! Welcome to the best Ferrari road car ever made.
Thanks all. Thrilled to bits with it.

I've just done a 50 mile round trip to Dorchester to get a loaf of bread.

I plan to go back for the jam I forgot tommorrow and butter on Thursday. hehe

Just an epic thing. You think you wouldn't be that impressed getting out of a 458 but it's just a whole next level of theatre.

Love the Rosso Berlinetta paint - constantly shifting hue with the light levels goes the most wonderfully deep cherry red at dusk reminiscent of the old 60s era Ferraris then shimmers under sunlight - really seems to show off the lines of the car much better than the black cars do. Plus does an epic job of clearing the outside lane as there is no mistaking what it is hehe

Very happy with the spec I chose In the end. Hsd some nice options ticked like the carbon side sills and splitter, without being overdone and just seems to all work together. Think I actually prefer the wheels now to the diamond cut ones

More gratuitous F12 porn. Spent a good 30 minutes just staring at it when I got back.




f1ten

2,077 posts

133 months

Wednesday 3rd August
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Stunning and love the wheels.
Out of interest how do you find it putting the throttle down so far ? Versus the mid engined v8s that are planted straight away.

MisterBigglesworth

214 posts

28 months

Thursday 4th August
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f1ten said:
Stunning and love the wheels.
Out of interest how do you find it putting the throttle down so far ? Versus the mid engined v8s that are planted straight away.
Little early to judge at the moment, I approached the car somewhat cautiously for the first date in case she turns out to be a psychopath and is plotting to kill me hehe

Car is running Michelin rubber which feel much grippier than the Pirelli’s on my 458 were, initial feelings of mechanical grip are very high, and the power delivery and throttle response is very linear and controllable, although first exploration into the upper echelons of first suggest the V12 spins up with a ferocity that means exceeding traction limits on cold tyres and / or non dry roads is likely to be ever present.

I’d say it’s much easier to jump in a V8 and drive with spirit, the F12 seems to have more mechanical grip especially at higher speeds but it’s less obvious where the limit is going to be, and it feels much more circumstantial than in the 458 which was fairly manageable even on cold tyres / roads. Weight distribution feels very centre massed with a sensation the car is pivoting around you, and the race seats do a similar job to those in the 458 of making you feel bolted into the car and you get a lot of seat of pants communication as to what the car is doing under you.

in GT loafing mode the car is impeccably well mannered and docile to drive but lurking within with mild provocation it just transforms into a monster.

At high speed the car feels much more hunkered down on roads where my 458 would feel skittish and force me to back off, and the brakes are much stronger with immense stopping power.

It’s an absolute league on from the 599 in terms of overall package and first FE Ferrari that feels like it has near enough mid engined characteristics that you don’t feel short changed in the driving experience coming from the V8 sibling.

Someone remarked on a recent review thread the car felt boring, which on a short supervised test drive the car does a good job of doing in cloaking its greatness with civility, it’s when you let loose that all the Maranello magic comes in and redefines your experience to a whole new level.





Edited by MisterBigglesworth on Thursday 4th August 18:39

ANOpax

607 posts

146 months

Friday 5th August
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We seem to be operating on a parallel path Mr Bigglesworth.

We collected Mrs 'pax's F12 last weekend. The dealer made up for the two month delay by installing a Capristo valve controller as a little 'thank you' for her patience. The first we knew of it was when she jumped into the driver's seat and spotted the valve controller in the cupholder.

'What's this?' she asked (knowing full well what it was but couldn't remember seeing it on the test drive).
'We knew you had one installed on your Cali so we thought you might like one on your F12' came the reply. Too damned right! Top class service.

Having had a little seat time in the car now, I'd echo your sentiments above. A couple of surprises are that;

1) It doesn't scream as much as the FF does in the higher rev range.
2) Even in sport mode, it's easy to get out of shape in 2nd on a warm dry day - I still haven't been able to use the full pedal travel in 2nd as the engine reaches the limiter before my foot reaches the carpet.

Collection day photos below. The interior wasn't to my taste initially (no carbon and too much contrasting alcantara) but it works well and has really grown on me. It makes a nice change from run-of-the mill schemes and is a lovely, light (without being bright) place to be.








pancholi

166 posts

137 months

Friday 5th August
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the darker 5 spokes suit both the red cars very well...
i have a grigio, i have the black forged alloys.

F12...you HAVE to get the tyres to temp before. PS4 everytime, but currently non available as PS5 coming up soon.

MisterBigglesworth

214 posts

28 months

Friday 5th August
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That’s a lovely spec Ano, glad you got it all sorted in the end as well.

Just had my second drive to fetch bread rolls, I’ve done 78 miles so far and used half a tank of fuel suggesting i’m getting about 7.5 mpg. hehe - probably my own doing for revving it out so much rather than driving economically.

Just waiting for the final delay to clear now getting the registration document so I can put my private plate on it.



MisterBigglesworth

214 posts

28 months

Friday 5th August
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That’s a lovely spec Ano, glad you got it all sorted in the end as well.

Just had my second drive to fetch bread rolls, I’ve done 78 miles so far and used half a tank of fuel suggesting i’m getting about 7.5 mpg. hehe - probably my own doing for revving it out so much rather than driving economically.

Just waiting for the final delay to clear now getting the registration document so I can put my private plate on it.



J-P

Original Poster:

4,158 posts

186 months

Saturday
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Beautiful cars, lads!

Just seen that Maranello has one in classic Ferrari colours. (Red with Crema). Looks stunning!

2010spy

1,904 posts

144 months

Another collection last week!

2010spy

1,904 posts

144 months

Sold a previous F12 and regretted it, big style!

ANOpax

607 posts

146 months

2010spy said:
Another collection last week!
That’s a gorgeous looking spec. I notice it’s a 70th anniversary model. The interior must be something special too?

2010spy

1,904 posts

144 months

Thanks, it's quite subtle, but a lovely place to be. The colour is Tobacco.

MisterBigglesworth

214 posts

28 months

Yesterday (12:03)
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2010spy said:
Thanks, it's quite subtle, but a lovely place to be. The colour is Tobacco.
I saw the spec plate on it when it was for sale - the level of trim customisation they did on it is quite remarkable and well worth the premium, you must be thrilled with it, congratulations.


MisterBigglesworth

214 posts

28 months

Yesterday (12:11)
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My personal plate is finally on the car so another round of admin to update insurance company to get it into MiD before weekend and I can finally say it's all done.

Actually chose the plate before the car and very happy to be rid of the billboard length original one off the nose. Opted for a legal 4.4 inch plate to save problems if I get stopped, would look probably better on a 3.9 inch to avoid taking up all the space between the splitter and horse, but this is the smallest legally spaced and sized plate I can get away with.

Trying to decide if I should drop it down a little - although it blocks more of the splitter it would give the horse a bit of black space under it and look less crowded which may look marginally better cosmetically.



Edited by MisterBigglesworth on Tuesday 9th August 12:14

J-P

Original Poster:

4,158 posts

186 months

Yesterday (14:31)
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MisterBigglesworth said:
My personal plate is finally on the car so another round of admin to update insurance company to get it into MiD before weekend and I can finally say it's all done.

Actually chose the plate before the car and very happy to be rid of the billboard length original one off the nose. Opted for a legal 4.4 inch plate to save problems if I get stopped, would look probably better on a 3.9 inch to avoid taking up all the space between the splitter and horse, but this is the smallest legally spaced and sized plate I can get away with.

Trying to decide if I should drop it down a little - although it blocks more of the splitter it would give the horse a bit of black space under it and look less crowded which may look marginally better cosmetically.



Edited by MisterBigglesworth on Tuesday 9th August 12:14
That has just finished it off - looks amazing!