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?