There were times before this test when we'd wondered if any car with a single driven axle really needed 731bhp and after why 770bhp was needed on the F12tdf.

Whether even a supercar needs to be so fully endowed in the foward-thump department. And now?

We’re talking about excess here and the fact is that nothing comes close to rivalling the F12

The Ferrari F12 doesn't need all of this poke, of course, but the ferocity of the powerplant undoubtedly determines and underlines the character of this most urgent of grand front-engined supercars.

Alternatives such as the Aston Martin Vanquish are better looking than the Ferrari, but otherwise on another page, while the Porsche 911 Turbo S just doesn't have the pomp. Even the Lamborghini Aventador S, which has the price, power and presence of the F12, doesn't offer up the dynamic charm of the Italian supercar.

Supercar, not GT car – you'll note that we're inclined to make the distinction. Because although the F12 has an extremely habitable interior and decent-size boot – plus a vast fuel tank that turns its laughable economy into a usable range – this is still a car that, at heart, is dominated by its performance.

But what performance. And what drama.