Tour de Force from the Prancing Horse

Photo credit to: http://auto.ferrari.com
Photo credit to: http://auto.ferrari.com

It’s actually Tour de France. However, why is there a “Tour de France” and not a “Tour de Germany” or “Tour de Italy”? It boggles the mind sometimes.

Now, when Ferrari made a successor to the 599 GTO or the 599xx, it was named the “F12”; something that sounds like a jet fighter. And since the “xx” was a more insane version of their cars, the folks at Maranello decided it wanted something similar with a twist.

In honor and homage to the once great Tour de France endurance race, they have named the 599xx’s successor as the F12tdf and… Oh, my goodness me, I’ve just gone past a hundred again!

These are reserved only for Ferrari’s most loyal customers and just 799 were made. As we know, the F12 is armed with a 6.3L V-12 producing 730 horsepower and 509 lbs-ft of torque. The standard engine revs up to 8,500 rpm and 0-62 times are accomplished in just 3.1 seconds and zooms past the speed of sound with a top speed of 211 miles an hour.

However, even that isn’t enough for Ferrari. The new tdf will boast a higher reving 6.3L V-12 (9,500 rpm) and this time, slightly modified to produce an astronomical 769 horsepower and 520 lbs-ft of torque. Not really much but when you consider it’s gone through a diet and an exercise program, losing about 110 kilos over the standard F12, it’ll do the standing start to 62 miles an hour in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of about 215 miles an hour.

Both models come with the same 7-speed dual-clutch which changes gear faster than you can think. No, seriously. As soon as you’ve pulled the paddle back, it’s changed gears before the paddle returns to it’s normal position.

Ferrari claims this is a “zero shift time” which means it’s at 0 milliseconds. Now THAT is how you rip your face off.

Reference: 2017 Ferrari F12tdf To Be Offered In Arizona