Not considering limited series flagship such as the LaFerrari, the new 812 Superfast is the Prancing Horse’s most powerful and fastest series production model in history.
If the design looks familiar it’s because we are dealing with a “facelift” of the F12 berlinetta – though this time around the changes are much more profound, with the model also possibly getting an important place in Ferrari’s history. This is not only due to its credentials (most likely topped by the next installment) but also because it may very well be the absolute last naturally aspirated V12 car from Maranello. The F12 and even the hardcore F12tdf are both trumped by the 812 Superfast because their older 6.3-liter engine has been replaced with an enlarged and upgraded 6.5-liter delivering a staggering 800 horsepower (588 kilowatts). Remember, this is without turbocharging!
The uprated V12 is 60 hp above the predecessor and even has 20 hp more than the special edition F12tdf, so the engine naturally generates more torque as well – 530 pound-feet (718 Newton-meters) at 7,000 rpm, which is 28 Nm more than the standard F12berlinetta and 13 Nm above the limited-run Tour de France. Thus, the 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint will be done in a mere 2.9 seconds – with the top speed labeled at more than 211 mph (340 km/h). The latest and greatest Ferrari V12 has been linked to a dual-clutch transmission, has improved throttle response and comes with a name – Superfast – paying homage to the classic models from the 1950s and 1960s such as the 500 Superfast tourer.
More so, electric power steering is making its first appearance on a Ferrari, with the 812 Superfast also being the first to receive the company’s second-gen Virtual Short Wheelbase, actually a second-gen Virtual Short Wheelbase. The design comes with more aggressive cues and a new Rosso Settanta body hue that comes to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary. Tinted LED headlights and huge air intakes are the main elements up front, with the underbody also carrying active flaps to boost aero at the front. In a bid to differentiate the 812 even more from the F12 couple, at the back there are four round taillights just like we’ve seen on the GTC4Lusso.