This is the F12 TDF – short for Tour de France, for reasons we shall explain – and frankly we’re a bit scared.
Effectively the successor to the 599 GTO, it’s a harder, faster, track-focused (but road-legal) iteration of Maranello’s front-engined V12, due to officially debut at the Ferrari World Finals in early November.
Yes, the TDF is a little more powerful than the stock F12, but that’s the least of the news. The F12’s 6.3-litre V12 has been boosted from 730 to 769bhp thanks to race-spec tappets and variable geometry intake trumpets, that maximum power arriving at 8,500rpm before an 8,900rpm redline.
Oh, and that Tour de France name? Nothing to do with the big bicycle ride, but rather a reference to the endurance road race run between 1899 and 1986, and dominated by Ferrari in the Fifties and Sixties. Bradley who?
No word on TDF pricing, but considering that (a) the standard F12 starts at £240,000 and (b) just 799 TDFs will be built, it’s fair to assume this won’t be in the Dacia Sandero school of value.
Love it? Fear it? Would prefer it in black? All of the above?