Say Goodbye to the Ferrari F12berlinetta
If you wanted to buy one, bad news: you've missed your chance.
Update: Ferrari North America has reached out to The Drive, informing us that the end of F12berlinetta production has not yet been determined and that deliveries of the car will continue throughout the year.
If your hopes of Powerball victory this week include ordering up your very own Ferrari F12berlinetta, well, maybe you should spend that lottery ticket money on a Milky Way, instead. Ferrari, it seems, has once and for all closed the order books on the F12berlinetta.
The news comes from the Prancing Horse-obsessed Internet junkies over on the FerrariChat forum, one of the more reliable sources of Ferrari-based news on the web. According to multiple users—many with a sterling reputation in the community—the carmaker issued a letter to dealers in early April informing them to stop accepting new orders for the V12-powered two-seater.
The news may be sudden, but it makes sense. Rumor suggests that Ferrari will unveil a new two-seat V12 model early next year, most likely around the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. After all, the F12 originally debuted almost a year to the day after the V12 FF, and that car just received the mid-life facelift that transformed it into the GTC4 Lusso.
The F12berlinetta is made in smaller numbers than "volume" sellers like the 488 and California T, so it's reasonable to believe the car maker already has enough orders to last until the new car is revealed. Factor in the fact that Ferrari only has a limited amount of production capacity for 12-cylinder cars (the company has separate production lines for its V8 and V12 models), and that the aforementioned brand-new GTC4 Lusso is expected to monopolize much of that production for the next few months, and the decision to let the F12 putter out starts to make sense.
If the GTC4 Lusso is anything to go by, the F12berlinetta's "replacement" will probably be closer to a mid-cycle refresh than a full-blown new car. Expect a few more ponies out of the 6.3-liter V12, a few new bits of tech, and a fairly comprehensive design update both inside and out. Oh, and it'll probably have a new name that makes exactly zero sense, because Ferrari chucked its old (and better) naming convention out the window about 30 years ago.