21st March 2017
This February saw the launch of the 812 Superfast V12 berlinetta – the most powerful model in Ferrari’s history.
Ferrari selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show last month for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast – the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.
The new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but also marks 70 years since the car maker first used the iconic Prancing Horse logo for its V12 series.
The 812 Superfast ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history that promises to build on the legacies of the F12 berlinetta and F12 tdf.
Clients of the most powerful car in the range, Ferrari claims, will enjoy an uncompromising sports car that delivers exhilarating driving both on road and track yet is also 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 cv, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8500 rpm, which translates to a specific power output of 123 cv/l. Figures that no other front-engined production car can match promise to ensure the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is the exclusive characteristic of Ferrari’s V12 heritage. Of course, the engine’s power is also underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement.
Maximum torque is 718 Nm at 7000 rpm, a significant 80 per cent of which is already available at 3500 rpm, improving both driveability and pick-up even at low revs.
These performance levels were achieved in part by adopting a 350 bar 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.
In addition, 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, in accordance with Ferrari’s engineering approach, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance and, through the complete integration with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls – including the latest 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SSC) – make its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling.
The vehicle controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, following the experience gained with the F12 tdf, features additional evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.
Styling and aerodynamics
Born of the minds at the Ferrari Styling Centre, the 812 Superfast is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company’s 70th anniversary.
Design-wise, it offers a fastback sleekness: a two-box 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 the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasise that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheel arch.
At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin. And 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 a cluster of aerodynamic solutions including active flaps at the front of the underbody, and the rear flank which features an unprecedented aerodynamic bypass to increase downforce.
The interior of the 812 Superfast has been revisited in line with the more extreme exterior while maintaining unaltered the exceptional on-board comfort and space of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 berlinettas.
The cabin has been given a sportier, more radical look with the main elements seeming to float. The horizontal dash also loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural look.
New, more sporty and ergonomic seats also feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.
So how much will a Ferrari 812 Superfast set you back? Ferrari hasn’t released a cost but rumour has it you shouldn’t expect much change from £250,000. For those who can afford it, the 812 Superfast looks set to satisfy even most demanding motor enthusiast – the ones who benefit from deep pockets.
812 Superfast – Technical Specifications
Type V12 – 65°
Overall displacement 6,496 cc
Maximum power output * 588 kW (800 cv) at 8500 rpm
Maximum torque * 718 Nm at 7,000 rpm
Weight and dimensions
Length 4,657 mm
Width 1,971 mm
Height 1,276 mm
Dry weight** 1,525 kg
Weight distribution 47-53% front/rear
Maximum speed >340 Km/h
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions ***
Fuel consumption 14,9 l/100km (under homologation)
Emissions 340g CO2/km
* With 5 cv ram effect **With lightweight optionals *** Under homologation. ECE+EUDC with standard HELE system