Following today's official reveal of Ferrari's successor to the 599 – named the F12berlinetta – we now know that, as rumoured, it has 730bhp from its 6.3-litre V12 engine, and that it will weigh 70kg less than its predecessor.

More astonishing still, however, is the fact that it can get from zero to 200kph (so 0-124mph) in just 8.5sec. Which, in case you were wondering, is 100 per cent stark raving insane for a car that will also be able to carry you in comfort from here to the south of France and back.

To give that number some perspective, consider this: when we road tested the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport last year, we recorded a 0-120mph time of 6.6sec and a 0-130mph time of 7.6sec. And when we figured the McLaren F1 in 1994 it did 0-120mph in 9.2sec and 0-130mph in 10.4sec. This therefore would suggest approximate 0-124mph times of 7.1sec for the Bugatti and 9.8sec for the McLaren. That means the F12berlinetta, in terms of its pure acceleration, will sit somewhere between the two. Which, of course, is utterly mind boggling.

Quite what the new Enzo is going to feel like with another 200bhp on tap and 650kg less to lug around, I have no idea. One thing’s for sure though; the Veyron’s crown as the world’s fastest car is about to be unceremoniously removed – and there we all were, thinking that the road car business car had gone all sensible for a while…