Best of the Best 2013: Sports Cars: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Excluding the new $1 million LaFerrari hybrid, the 2013 F12 Berlinetta is the quickest, fastest, and most powerful Ferrari road car ever. An enormous 6.3-liter, 730 hp V-12 enables the F12 to leap from rest to 60 mph in 3 seconds and then roar and snarl in arpeggio licks to a top speed of 210 mph. The F12 also may be the world’s slickest combination of performance and civility. Here is a truly ferocious supercar that doubles as a docile, comfortable daily driver suitable for running errands. The F12 never lurches and never hunts for any of the transmission’s seven gears, even when it is traveling at parking-lot speeds.

With 17.6 cubic feet of grocery space beneath its hatchback, a passenger compartment roomy enough for two full-size adults, and—Mamma mia!—a real cupholder, the F12 is downright domestic. And it is most certainly five-star luxurious. The hand-stitched Poltrona Frau leathers and Alcantara-lined ledges and cubbies elevate the $316,000 F12 close to the cushy levels of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. In fact, like the British marques, Ferrari now has a customization division, Tailor-Made, that will personalize the F12.

A dry sump enables the F12 to motor more than 2 inches closer to the asphalt than the F599 it replaces, giving it a lower center of gravity for improved handling. It also is lighter and more fuel efficient than the F599.

The car’s design is by Pininfarina. All ducts and dams required for downforce, engine cooling, and slipstream management when traveling at about Mach .25 blend into the car’s creamy silhouette. There are no power bulges, airfoils, or other visual impediments. The F12 is low and flat and achingly beautiful.

Ferrari, www.ferrari.com