Ferrari F12 quickly moves to the front as most powerful street car

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No other auto manufacturer attracts more attention than Ferrari, and when the Italian carmaker is touting its newest offering as the most powerful street-legal car it's likely to attract further attention.

But if you get Dan Neil, the Pulitzer Prize-winnning journalist, to write about the new Ferrari, then sit down in your favorite chair with a beverage of choice and go along for a journalistic ride with the wondrous wordsmith.

Neil's review the F12 appears in the Aug. 4 edition of the newspaper is his weekly column titled Rumble Seat.

In an early review paragraph, Neil writes:

"Ferrari says the F12 is its quickest, most powerful and most dynamic street car to date: 740 horsepower, a top speed of 212 miles per hour, and zero to 124 mph in 8.5 seconds, which is about as quick as an all-wheel-drive Bugatti Veyron. With its carbon-ceramic brakes glowing like the hinges of hell, the F12 will decelerate from 124 mph to zero in 426 feet. Gesundheit."

And further in the review, the author writes:

"The kinesthetic quality of the F12 is therefore that of a supremely civilized, well-tempered GT: easy to drive, supple, frictionless, balanced, undertaxed, impeccable, imperturbable. Compared with a raw-as-a-wood-chipper race car, or even one of Ferrari's midengine sports cars, this thing is a comfy couch."

To read Neil's review, visit: The Wall Street Journal/Rumble Seat

And to view Ferrari's test drivers' track review (in Italian with subtitles) of the F12, see the video below

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5agUWoxmLQ[/youtube]

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