Spanish tuner Bengala has taken the Ferrari F12berlinetta and turned it into the bespoke carbon-fibre F12 Caballería, with some menacing bodywork further inspired by higher-performance Ferraris.
The Madrid design house, whose motto is exclusivity over exclusivity — adding elegance to considered automotive masterpieces but adding aggressiveness in looks and performance — has in the past created bespoke versions of Lamborghinis, McLarens and Porsches, as well as what the company calls semi-luxury brands such as AMGs, Audis and BMWs, and even a wide-body version of the Lexus LF-A. Its customers are mostly based in Europe and the Middle East, but expansion is planned for North America (predominantly the US, but also Canada) and Asia (predominantly China).
The Bengala F12 Caballería is the latest creation and it’s also the first car offered as part of the Bengala Privilege Program, which gives owners instant access to Bengala’s future project cars, in addition to company events and even private viewings. Current Bengala owners will have first choice of each new creation (which are all produced in limited numbers — 5-10 — and only one model per year is produced).
“In most cases, uniqueness is a state of mind; we bring to our customers an interpretation of their desires, based on their dreams,” said Bengala CEO and Founder Shoghi Saeidnia. “Put it simply, we mastered and created a unique piece of design and engineering, the Bengala F12 Caballería, and ten special individuals earned it.”
The F12 Caballería (Spanish for chivalry) takes the F12berlinetta, introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and adds on more aggressive body work reportedly inspired by Ferrari’s GT3 racing cars. It’s also all made out of carbon-fibre, which means it should be lighter than the Berlinetta.
That’s important for the performance because it doesn’t look as if Bengala made any changes to Ferrari’s 731-hp 6.3-litre V-12. What it has done, though is changed pretty much every single body panel on the car — hood, fascia and splitter up front, and massive rear diffuser, to name just a couple. It also added a bunch of new vents front, side and rear. New wheels are, naturally, also on board.
It, of course, comes with a premium. Although Bengala didn’t release a starting price, the F12 costs upward of $370,000, so don’t be surprised that, given all the add-ons and the limited quantities, that it runs close to a half million.
Bengala says all F12 Caballería production will be completed by summer 2017.