5 Reasons Why We Don't Love the Ferrari F12berlinetta
The 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta is a complicated car that both inspires dumbness, and has a couple features that are confusing as heck. That's right, I'm saying bad things about a Ferrari. But before you purists call for my head on a silver platter, let me explain what I mean. Truthfully, it's a great, beautiful car, but one expects something smarter in this extremely powerful Italian two-seater. Especially when you're staring down a price tag of $434,000 fully loaded. So yeah, it's a pretty gutsy to call a Ferrari this spectacular an overly-complicated car, but it dabbles in the art a few more ways than one. It's Stupid Fast
As one sage observer has noted about this car, "This thing does 0-stupid in no time." The F12berlinetta's 6.3-liter V12 has 731-horses on tap, and does 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It's not a particularly pleasant experience, considering this Ferrari likes to jump about under hard acceleration.
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Complicated Start, Unnecessary Shifts
No car costing $400,000 or more should be all that complicated to start. Insert the key (a thing of beauty), hit the start button, and then ponder the question of how to put the F12berlinetta in gear. There's no way to know. There's no D for shift (but there is an R button on the center console for reverse, which also activates the backup camera).
The secret to putting the car in forward gear is the paddle shifters. Click on one and you're moving forward. Click on both simultaneously and you're in neutral. Park? You have to shut the car off. Otherwise, you tap both paddle shifters to go into neutral and then hit the electronic parking brake. Confused yet?
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Useless Passenger Speedometer
The Ferrari Berlinetta comes equipped with a digital display in front of the passenger that rats the driver out with a digital speed display. It's useless for a white-knuckle passenger to know your speed. Without that display the passenger could only guess the speed while the driver zips past apparently standing-still cars in the right and center lanes. Ignorance is bliss in the right-hand seat.
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Ok, this may be bordering on the petty, but the F12berlinetta doesn't have any punch to its claxon. It's a pedestrian horn that sounds like it was taken from a shared parts bin with a Chevrolet Equinox. Damn it, you're a $400,000 Italian sports car. Sound like one when you finally locate the horn buttons (that are, of course, mounted in a dumb place).
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What Are All These Buttons?
There is a cluster of switches on the steering wheel that are too intimidating to engage without an engineer in the right seat. The PS button does nothing when pushed (backing up), and I feel dumb when I find out it stands for Performance Start because I would have loved to see what it's all about.
Truth be told, at the end of the day, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is still a car that you want to drive all day long. As soon as you figure out how it works. With that addicting V12 and the lovely exhaust note, it shouldn't be so difficult to drive a car that should be much more simple.
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