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On 8th November 2012, the F12 berlinetta won the prestigious “Golden Steering Wheel” in the Coupe/Cabrio category, given out annually by the German magazine Auto Bild and the Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag. It was the first time that a Maranello car was honoured in this way since it was first awarded 38 years ago. On hand to receive the award was the Ferrari Managing Director Amedeo Felisa. “It’s a very significant result, which testifies to the importance of the marque in Germany, one of the most important markets for Ferrari and the first in Europe,” said Felisa at the time. “Here we have some of our most loyal and passionate owners and this prize makes us particularly proud of the appreciation shown towards our no compromise approach to innovation and sporting qualities.”
The F12 berlinetta is the most powerful and high performance Ferrari ever built and is characterised by its balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and its elegant proportions, typical of every Ferrari with a front-central mounted V12 engine. Since its debut, the car was greeted with a general consensus of approval from the public and motoring writers. The “Golden Steering Wheel” was the second prize awarded by the important German magazine, after it had also received in August the honour of the Auto Bild Design Award 2012 prize.