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Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

Ferrari’s claim to have increased cabin space in spite of the Ferrari F12’s reduction in overall size is borne out by first impressions. Your backside seems to drop a long way into the leather sports seat, which, despite its thin and purposeful appearance, is not only supportive but also perfectly comfortable over long distances.

Your legs stretch out very straight in front of you, your heels ending up at almost the same level as your hips and, even if you’re taller than average, your scalp will be comfortably clear of the roof lining. The driving position is excellent, with as much adjustment on the steering column as most will need.

There's a decent amount of space in the Ferrari's boot

There is enough space behind the two seats for coats and shopping bags and there are storage nets for loose items. Further back, the boot is large by supercar standards: up to 500 litres in all. A couple of large cases fit easily.

The car’s switchgear-heavy steering wheel takes some getting used to, even after exposure to the 458, it won’t suit everyone. For us, the indicator switches seem a logical migration, but somehow the wiper and main beam controls still don’t.

Thankfully, Ferrari continues its tradition of mounting the gearchange paddles on the column rather than the wheel, making them much easier to use with steering angle applied than they might otherwise be.

You navigate the F12's various systems by using the slightly fiddly selector by your right hand and the right-hand LCD display screen in the instrument binnacle. The control logic could be more intuitive, but the connectivity options are good. The Bluetooth phone connection is reliable once established.

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Sat-nav comes as standard but it isn't the easiest to use. It's a dramatic improvement over previous units, however. The map appears in the right-hand screen in the binnacle and relays directional prompts as well. Programming is quite lengthy by the standards of the best premium brands, but Ferrari says there's voice control for it. It wasn't something obvious enough for us to access and test, though.

Other standard equipment includes an anti-theft satellite system, a rear parking camera, an electrically adjustable steering wheel, climate control, cruise control and temperature monitoring.

Ferrari’s standards of fit and finish continue to improve, but the F12’s cabin could be slightly richer and more distinctive. There is plenty of commonality to be recognised by 458 owners here. It didn’t irk many testers, but having spent close to £300k, an F12 owner might expect a bit less of it.