Ferrai has started teasing the FF facelift ahead of its expected debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on February 15 in Northern Italy. The first teaser image of the 2016 Ferrari FF facelift is released by the company. The FF facelift had started testing early last year and after an extensive year long test runs, it would be unveiled next month. The upgrades would be cosmetic as well as mechanical.

2016 Ferrari FF Facelift as Test Mule
2016 Ferrari FF Facelift as Test Mule

Going by the spy-shots, the front fascia of the 2016 Ferrari FF seems to have grown a bit with redesigned grille taking the centre stage. The headlamps also flaunt a revised styling with the teaser image revealing new tail-lamps and air intakes. It is also being learnt that Ferrari might offer a carbon fiber roof. Inside the cabin, there would be subtle changes and it is expected to be carried over from the current model. However, reports have indicated that the new FF would feature an updated infotainment system with Google Play. Just so you know, the aforementioned infotainment system would be borrowed from the California T.

Ferrari FF Teaser Image
Ferrari FF Teaser Image

For those asking, the ongoing Ferrari FF derives its power from a 6.3-litre V12 motor. It develops 651 hp of maximum power and 504 pound-feet of highest torque. Undoubtedly, it is immensely powerful but the FF facelift is believed to be even more powerful with power output as high as 690 hp. It would be linked to an 8-speed transmission which would replace the current 7-speed speed dual-clutch transmission. Also, the all-wheel-drive system of the supercar would see an update. Apparently, Ferrari would also roll out a new base variant of the FF with a V8 bi-turbo motor. This engine, sourced from the 488 GTB, would deliver 660hp of top power and 560 lb-ft of peak torque.

2016 Ferrari FF Facelift as Test Mule
2016 Ferrari FF Facelift as Test Mule

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Ferrari California T is now available with the brand-new Handling Speciale (HS) option. It would have its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. The front-engined V8 model would get a series of specific calibrations and a set-up under the Handling Speciale (HS) package. Not only there are technical and mechanical upgrades, but there are also a few cosmetic modifications in the California T as a part of the HS Package.

Ferrari California T with HS Package
Ferrari California T with HS Package

Talking in detail, the HS Package incorporates new damper settings and modified springs which make the 2-seater sports car more stiffer than before. The engine sound is fresh and louder with the performance being more sportier. The gear-shift logic in Sports mode has also been modified (both in automatic and manual), resulting in faster, sportier gear engagement during both up- and down-shifts. In addition, the front springs and rear springs are 16 percent and 19 percent stiffer under the HS Package.

Ferrari California T with HS Package
Ferrari California T with HS Package

Coming to the cosmetic upgrades, there is a new exhaust system with silencers featuring two primary pipes and a new geometry design. According to the Italian automaker, “The exhaust was developed in tandem with the engine and gearbox control software to underline the performance gains, with a more rapid response and improved sound and volume when driven hard.” The front grille and the rear diffuser are done in new matte Grigio Ferro Met color with matte black fences and matte black tailpipes. For those wondering, there is a special plaque in the cabin which indicates that the car sports the HS optional package.

At the latest exhibition at Ferrari Museum in Maranello, the Italians are showcasing the recently introduced 2013 LaFerrari along with some of the most important cars in the company’s long and prolific history. Some of its predecessors are also there, such as the GTO, F40, F50 and the Enzo.

Other cars which are being showcased include the 599XX Evo, FXX, F40 Competizione and the GTO Evoluzione. This exhibition at the Ferrari Museum will be available until the end of September this year.

A significant part of the “Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth” exhibition is reserved for the firm’s latest supercar – the LaFerrari. It provides a lot of relevant details about the Enzo successor, such as how the styling was finalized and also several technical specifications and engineering details. In addition, Ferrari is showing two 1:1 scale models at the exhibition, along with some of the alternative designs that were considered during the development of the supercar.

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At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari came with a new concept expected to become available in late 2012: the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. This 12-cylinder gran turismo will replace the aging 599 GTB Fiorano later this year coming with a refreshed design that hardly resembles its predecessor.

Construction And Style

The 2013 F12 Berlinetta is slightly different from its predecessor. It has been designed by Ferrari’s longtime partner Pininfarina, combining an inspiring amalgamation of strong looking surfaces with beautiful flowing design cues. The front of the car resembles the 458 Italia while the rear has a more conservative look.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The design of the car boasts an impressive 76% increase of downforce alongside with a drag of 0.299.Overall, the car is smaller than its predecessor and significantly lighter. The even balance and mass distributuin makes the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta shift 54% of its curb weight to the tail end.

Performance

Ferrari has attempted to fool around with hybrid systems but the new Berlinetta remains loyal to the traditional time-tested 12-cylinder engine. Behind the hood, the car hides a 6.3-liter V-12, similar to the FF wagon. The engine runs at 730 horsepower and 8000 RPMs. The seven-speed gearbox shifts at lightning speed and as per Ferrari’s claims, the car can go from 0 to 62 mph in a shocking 3.1 seconds. The top speed of the car has been limited to 211 miles per hour but without a doubt the car can handle much more than that.

The Berlinetta comes with a quite a few performance enhancing features such as E-Diff, high-performance ABS, ESP Premium and F1-Trac. The optional start/stop system, the 2013 F12 Berlinetta manages to save 30% fuel and reduces the carbon emissions by 16%. The standard fuel consumption reaches 15 miles per gallon during a city drive but it can go to 17 miles per gallon on a highway.

At this moment, the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the fastest road car built by the Italian manufacturer.

Interior

The F12 comes with a dashboard that resembles the one of the FF but with one big difference: the large packs of clucky-looking navigation units have been redesigned. The Berlinetta displays the relevant infotainment screens via a Human Machine Interface system of in the form of a gauge cluster. The cabin is covered with Frau leather and some carbon fiber trims. Every aspect of the interior has been carefully designed but in the end, it can be customized as per the client’s budget and preference. There is no fixed interior setup.

Final Conclusions And Release Date

The 2013 F12 Berlinetta has been announced for release late 2012. What is known for certain now is that Ferrari now holds the fastest, the most powerful and the most well-built road car. This might be valid for now but rumors tell that the Italian auto maker is preparing an 800 horsepower model. Even so, the Berlinetta is still the most powerful front-engine car ever build. Only time will tell if this status will be granted to a different model in the near future.For now, the big spenders are still waiting for the car to be released by the end of this year as per the official Ferrari announcement.