In 2006, Maranello rolled out the impossibly gorgeous 599 GTB Fiorano – complete with the V-12 from the vaunted Enzo supercar – and car fiends wondered how Ferrari could ever top that act. Well, here's the answer: It's called the F12 Berlinetta, and it's the quickest street car ever to wear the prancing horse. Its 6.3-liter V-12 cranks out a ludicrous 730 horsepower, endowing the F12 with a 3.1-second 0–60 time and a top speed of 211 mph. Judged by the all-important metric of lap times at Ferrari's Fiorano test track, the F12 is a full two seconds quicker than the Enzo, which was not exactly a slouch in the speed department. Its signature design element is the aero bridge, essentially scooped-out sides that channel wind and create downforce, making us wonder how we lived without aero bridges for all these years. The car is rife with interesting details (like active brake-cooling flaps), but the design is predicated on subtraction rather than addition. Both beauty and performance are created by shaving mass here and there instead of merely bolting on bigger wheels or a larger wing. In fact, the F12 casts a smaller shadow than the 599 and weighs less. It takes Ferrari's performance benchmark and heaves it downfield. In seven years or so, when the time is right, it will probably manage to do that again. But for now, let's just savor the fastest Ferrari yet. [$340,000 (est.); ferrari.com]
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