The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta includes some drool-worthy words to describe new cars: lighter, shorter, lower, narrower, more powerful, and of course, noisier. That it looks absolutely fantastic too is a rather large cherry on top.
And all that extra power and performance comes alongside improved economy and Co2 emissions. Surely there must be a catch, right?
Those eco improvements have partly come about thanks to the addition of a new stop-start system. It’s optional in the UK, but standard in some markets including the Netherlands and Denmark where there are much stricter tax bands based on CO2 emissions.
Ticking the stop-start option box means that when you’re F12 is parked at the traffic lights, the engine cuts out. Isn’t the whole point of driving something like a Ferrari to enjoying the considerable rumble of its thunderous V12, even when it’s stationary?
The noise isn’t just for the driver; even the most apathetic of people towards cars must surely smile at the sight and sound of a Ferrari V12 waiting for the lights to turn green. It’s a car to be heard in, as well as seen in.
At least us Brits can just not spec stop-start in the first place. There are going to be some rather quiet F12s driving sat in traffic jams in Copenhagen and Amsterdam in 12 months’ time, though. Shame.