By Chris Van Hoven
Introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2017, the Ferrari 812 Superfast finally makes its way to local shores in spectacular fashion. The model serves as a replacement to the F12 Berlinetta, marking the 70th anniversary since Ferrari released its first CavallinoRampante sports car, the 125 S, in 1947.
The 812 Superfast represents a significant milestone in Ferrari 12-cylinder history. Developed for clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the lineup, the 812 Superfast is an all-round sports car that delivers overwhelming driving pleasure both on road and track without compromising comfort.
“The challenge that Ferrari always faces in developing new models is to push the boundaries of its own achievement,” said Autostrada Chairman, Wellington Soong. “After intensive research and development, this is what they achieved with the 812 Superfast – the fastest and most powerful 12-cylinder engine in the 70-year history of Ferrari.”
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800-PS, the 812 Superfasthouses Ferrari’s most powerful V12 engine to date, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, and propelling it from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 340 km/h.It has a maximum torque of718-Nm at 7,000 rpm, of which 80-percent is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving both drivability and pick-up even at low revs.
The engine isn’t the only notable aspect of the 812 Superfast.Equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, the 812 Superfast rewards its driver with excellent handling and maneuverability. It is the first Ferrari to adopt Electric Power Steering (EPS) with the aim of fully exploiting the potential of the car’s outstanding performance in accordance with Ferrari’s tradition.
The Superfast gets an updated version of Ferrari’s four-wheel steering system and a new version of Side Slip Control (SSC), intended to improve the nimbleness of handling and reduce the vehicle response times. The 812 Superfast features a multi-functional frontal section, which incorporates a cluster of aerodynamic solutions including active flaps at the front of the underbody, and a rear flank which features an unprecedented aerodynamic bypass to increase downforce.
Compared with its predecessor, the F12, the downforce of the new model has increased 10-percent and its downforce at the rear fender duct has risen eight-percent, significantly improving the performance and driving pleasure.
The interior of the 812 Superfast has been completely redesigned. The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural impression. The new seats are designed to be sportier and more ergonomic, with a comfortable driving position that makes it perfectly at home on the track or in the city.