Portrait of a Supercar: 2013Ferrari F12 berlinetta

Remember that feeling you used to get when you were a kid, when you had to have something the second you saw it? You didn’t even know why half the time, but there was something about that bike, that baseball glove, that piece of candy, which had you excited. You can regain that feeling with one look at me, the 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta. You’re welcome. I take kindly to a pleasant gaze, where you drool—not on me—and fantasize about what it would be like to drive the hottest sports car on the market.

I’ll tell you what, as you read this, picture yourself sitting in the car that gracefully bolsters this page. Envision that perfect setting. The beach hovering to your right or left. Warm weather. Open road. Companion in the passenger seat.

Ferrari, my maker, has said that I am their most powerful road car ever constructed. Considering the amount of raw power and finesse the company has churned out for decades, that’s a high compliment. And a high new standard.

You’re first drawn in by my egg-crate grille and fenders, which veer off to a narrow point. There’s something slightly different about me compared to others in the Ferrari family, and certainly from other sports cars on the market. My grille and swooping design directs your attention to my front hood and its angle is addictive. You want to keep staring and I don’t blame you.

I’m also packed with a 6.3-liter V12 engine that comes with a 730-hp punch, pulls 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and tops out at 211 mph, if you get the chance. I really am the most powerful Ferrari ever. I’m like a thoroughbred. Even after exhaustion, I can tack on another lap, another mile, another cruise through Pleasantville. My combination of power and brawn is spine-tingling and yours should start to tickle just from reading this.

Now, onto my economic benefits—if you purchase my optional start/stop system, you can get a 30-percent increase in fuel economy and 16-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

So you can look and feel like a king or queen, my interior is gripped in frau leather with carbon-fiber trim. My dashboard is distinctive with its digital Human Machine Interface gauge cluster, which is controlled by a small row of switches near the steering column.

If you want to feel powerful, act powerful and exude a powerful aura, I’m the sports car to get you there.

Engine: 6.3-liter V12
Power: 730 hp
Torque: 508 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm
0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds
Top speed: 211 mph
MSRP: Undisclosed

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