Touring Superleggera has pulled back the silk on its latest masterpiece: the Berlinetta Lusso.
The Lusso is a full redesign of the Ferrari F12’s exterior, adding a level of timeless sophistication to go with the mechanical brutality of the F12 on full throttle.
You may have noted that the latest Ferrari range lacks a super-lux flagship: the place of the 456 and 612 is now a far more shouty and hardcore proposition.
Touring Superleggera has given the F12 the classy formality of many timeless supercars from years past — including the 375MM made specially for Ingrid Bergman and many others.
The Berlinetta Lusso revamp is comprehensive: we cannot find a single shared panel with the factory F12. Starting with the nose and its major air intake, the Touring upgrade drops the full-width intake setup in favor of a much more traditional eggcrate grille in a pinched oval. This instantly connects the car to classic Ferrari style, but maintains the active aero of the lower intake edges.
The Lusso is completely stripped of Ferrari badges – with the nose looking a bit lonesome without one of the Superleggera badges – as embedded atop the trunk.
Moving up the hood, the F12’s horizontal reverse vent is replaced by a pair of vertical ducts sliced through the hood just above the engine block. The F12’s ultra-modern floating fender and swish of inflected metal in the doors is one of its most polarizing design features.
Touring Superleggera takes a more classical approach, with the fenders and hood a solid piece with no free-standing piece. Behind the new front fenders lives one of the best features of the Belinetta Lusso at making it feel special: a complex floating beltline crease that comes off the front wheeltop and flows through to the rear fenders.
This type of crease can generally only be created using the hand-beaten alloy panel fabrication techniques — a time and labor-intensive process almost completely lost to modern stamping presses.
Behind the front wheel and below this deep crease, the front quarter panel is slightly pinched as it forms a subtle flare behind the tires. This whole area is visually hidden by the over-fender lines — and continues with a solid surface as it flows into the door. Vastly different style than the F12 is a result.
The Berlinetta Lusso is not a total retro showcase in its door and profile surfacing, however. To help the car look current and less like the 612, the top crease of the beltline is matched by a parallel lower accent line. This sharp crease makes the F12 feel longer and lower than before, while also updating the scallop of carved-out space behind the fender.
Moving to the rear, the Berlinetta Lusso takes some big chances — with big rewards. The roofline is far sleeker and more appealing to these eyes. A smaller rear quarter window now flips upward versus down on the factory car, while the rear glass is sunken under a curved shroud. This curved piece becomes a pair of sharp accent creases outside the glas, helping to hide the practicality of the big viewing area nicely.
The trunk-top now has some sharp and pointy corners versus the aggressive, wrap-around flip spoiler of the F12’s tail. There are shades of 412i in the new look of the Berlinetta Lusso in back, while a solid rear bumper drops the F12’s huge bumper fangs altogether.
SUMMARY & PRICING
The Berlinetta definitely does what its name implies. A huge helping of luxury is present in every detail of the car’s design. The lines of the Berlinetta Lusso are far more timeless and classic than the F12, yet still clearly reference the Ferrari legacy of supercar greatness. Will it appeal to all people? No.
But then again, it does not have to. Just five examples of the Berlinetta Lusso will be made for sale — ensuring that owners will be the only one on their continent to pilot one. As far as pricing, we have no details to share. But the cost of old-world Milano masters designing and creating it by hand will not be cheap. Double the $400k rate of the factory F12 seems like a safe bet.
We are sure of one thing: there is no more elegant way to hit 60-mph in just 3.0-seconds than the new Berlinetta Lusso.