In the coming Geneva International Motor Show, Ferrari will reveal the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history. This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious prancing horse story in 1947, 70 years ago.
The 812 Superfast builds on the legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. It is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners to enjoy it as an all-round experience.
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800-Ps, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the front-engined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm. The engine’s power is underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement. Maximum torque is 718-Nm at 7,000 rpm, a significant 80 percent of which is already available at 3,500 rpm.
These performance levels were achieved in part by adopting a high pressure direct injection system for the very first time on a high-performance engine and pairing it with variable geometry intake tracts conceptually derived from those of naturally-aspirated F1 engines. The 812 Superfast’s dual-clutch transmission has specific gear ratios which, combined with shorter up and down-shifting times between gears, sharpen throttle response still further.
The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, resulting in unparalleled handling and roadholding. It’s the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering), which, offers complete integration with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls, including the latest 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SSC).
The vehicle controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV), first equipped on the F12tdf, which improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.
STYLING AND AERODYNAMICS
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast has a fastback design with a high tail, reminiscent of the 365 GTB4 of 1969. The design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by impressively muscular wheel arches which imbue the 812 Superfast with power and aggression. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasize that front muscle. At the rear, four round tail-lights give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin.
As with all Ferraris, style and aerodynamic function are seamlessly integrated to produce innovative solutions and forms. Two examples are the multi-functional frontal section, which incorporates active flaps at the front of the underbody. The rear flank features an unprecedented aerodynamic bypass to increase downforce. The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company’s 70th anniversary.
The interior of the 812 Superfast has been given a sportier, more radical look with the main elements seeming to float, creating an effect of both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance. The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural look.
New, more sporty and ergonomic seats feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.