Big Time

We tackle the Circuit of the Americas in an F12 Berlinetta.

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February 20, 2014

Despite its wide-open spaces, America isn

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Before advancing too much further, however, let

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The F12 is precisely such a machine. Its 6.3-liter V12 engine produces a staggering 740 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 509 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. This copious output is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, an electronic differential and F1-derived predictive traction control, resulting in a 0-62 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a 0-124 mph time of just 8.5 seconds. The Ferrari

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EXITING PIT LANE and blasting past the mandatory 45-mph speed limit therein, there

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More patience and more precision are needed in the esses in the F12 compared to the 458, and this also proves true in the following section, Turns 6-9. The corners come quickly, one after another, once again giving the advantage to the more nimble Italia.

Starting with Turn 10, though, the F12 began to make up ground

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IT SHOULD COME as little surprise that this Ferrari launches very well. FDE Chief Instructor and professional racer Nick Longhi refers to the F12

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Speeds in excess of 150 mph on the back straight lead directly to seriously heavy braking for Turn 12

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Just like Turn 10, Turn 19 is challenging because it suckers you into carrying too much speed. As per usual at COTA, there

That said, whatever my F12 expectations were beforehand, they were far, far exceeded by my experience at COTA. The engine is the superstar here, for sure, and the way its power progresses is impressive in a way that I haven

Sidebar: FDE @ COTA

THE FINE PEOPLE at Ferrari understand their product well, and know that appropriate venues for experiencing all that their cars have to offer are few and far between. As a result, there are only three officially sanctioned locations in the world for the Ferrari Driving Experience, the company

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