What can we say? The all-new Ferrari F12berlinetta is nothing short of beautiful. Once again, Ferrari has managed to combine state-of-the-art performance engineering technology and an exterior design that could only come out of Maranello, Italy. Power comes from a brand new 6.3-liter V12 with 730hp and 509lb-ft of torque, with all of that power being sent to the rear rubber via the automaker’s own F1 transmission. All told, it can go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 211 mph. From every angle, the F12berlinetta is immediately recognizable as a Ferrari and we have no doubt that it will go down in history as one of the automaker’s all-time greats.
Revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Aventador is a significant leap forward for the automaker in every aspect. Powered by an all-new 6.5-liter V12 with 690hp, it’s only the second V12 they’ve ever built. The mighty bull can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. Picking up where the Murcielago left off, the Aventador’s exterior design consists of the familiar wedge shape that has come to define the brand. In addition, it’s taken many styling cues from the ultra-rare Reventon. Its name, like that of many past Lamborghinis, was taken from a famous fighting Spanish bull. And like its V12 predecessors, the Aventador represents everything that Lamborghini represents: raw power and aggressive styling.
It's immediately clear both supercars are equipped with powerful V12s, as one can see by their oversized front air vents. With their respective logos proudly displayed, designers and engineers managed to create a wonderful balance between style and function.
Whether one prefers front-mid engine or mid-engine alone, it’s hard (if not impossible) to dislike each of the car’s distinctive lines. While the Ferrari has that long hood and swooped sides to allow air to flow through, the Lamborghini’s cab-forward configuration gives it a somewhat sleeker appearance.
Like in all other angles, it’s immediately possible to identify which brand is which. While rear visibility is not its utmost priority, it’s clear that Lamborghini drivers will need to utilize the famous open scissor door method when going in reverse. The F12berlinetta once again features those trademark Ferrari round taillights.
Both interiors offer all of the creature comforts of any modern high-end luxury car. Drivers are also treated to the latest in performance technology. More importantly, the interiors have been designed to provide drivers with the closest experience possible to being in fully-fledged race cars. And yes, leather comes standard in both.