Ferrari launches the 780 horsepower F12tdf

No, the F12tdf isn't Ferrari's first ever turbo diesel model. Rather, the 'tdf' suffix stands for Tour de France, a long-distance sportscar road race that morphed in to a rally before its demise in 1986.

This new limited edition actually boasts an improved version of the regular F12's 6,262 cc V12 engine. Thanks partly to the adoption of mechanical tappets and variable-geometry intake trumpets, power has risen by 39 bhp (29 kW / 40 PS) to 769 bhp (574 kW / 780 PS) and peak torque is 705 Nm (520 lb/ft) instead of the usual 690 Nm (508 lb/ft).

Together with revised gear ratios, that enhanced output delivers 0-62 mph (100 km/h) and 0-124 mph (200 km/h) times of 2.9 and 7.9 seconds respectively. Top speed is “in excess of” 211 mph (340 km/h).

Ferrari F12tdf (2015) Front Side

Compared to a standard F12, the driving experience should be quite different too. Changes include larger front tyres and an innovative rear-wheel steering system called Virtual Short Wheelbase. As a result, Ferrari says the seemingly contradictory objectives of responsive steering and high-speed stability have both been achieved.

The aerodynamics also received attention. As well as the addition of three pairs of underbody strakes, an active rear diffuser and extra louvres over the rear wheel arches, the front bumper shape, rear screen angle and rear spoiler size have all been altered. Those modifications were clearly worth making, because downforce is up by an impressive 87% at 124 mph (200 km/h).

Furthermore, increased use of carbon fibre and a set of 20” five-twin-spoke alloy wheels have contributed to a 110 kg (242 lbs) weight reduction.

Ferrari is limiting F12tdf production to 799 units. A price has yet to be announced.

Ferrari F12tdf (2015) InteriorFerrari F12tdf (2015) Rear Side

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