Awesome New Ferrari 812 Superfast Revealed As The Most Powerful Prancing Horse
Published February 21, 2017
This is the new Ferrari. It’s the most powerful non-LaFerrari production Ferrari ever. And it is the successor of the fantastically looking F12Berlinetta. Welcome the 812 Superfast. Chezy name? Maybe it is, but Ferrari-sourced it from its rich history. See, back in 1956, they had the 410 Superfast and later the 500 Superfast. Will it work today? Considering the looks and the sheer lunacy of the 812, it will.
Ferrari did not create a new platform and architecture for this one. They actually used the one from the F12 Berlinetta, but they reworked it quite a bit. So, no surprise that the car kept the weight of 3,362 lbs. The weight is the same as before actually. But, not much else is. Starting with the engine, Ferrari reworked the V12 unit. They increased the capacity to 6.5 liters making it the most powerful engine they’ve ever produced. Power rose to stupendous 800hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. It’s a bit of a swan song moment for this V12. We may never see the naturally-aspirated Ferrari engine like this. Expect turbocharged and even hybridized units in the future. Even for supercars/grand tourers like this.
Next to engine rework, Ferrari worked their magic with the transmission as well. Dual-clutch shifts faster than you blink, it makes the engine respond quicker and more ferociously and has different gear ratios compared to anything we’ve seen on the F12 Berlinetta or the F12tdf. Interestingly, tdf feels a bit outdated compared to this one despite getting out there less than a year ago.
Concerning the looks of the thing, we cannot help but see a whole lot of Ferrari GT4Lusso influence. The front of the 812 Superfast certainly looks dramatic and rather angry from any angle. We like it. The back may be where the problems start. Ferrari did forgo the usual styling features and got back to double round light units. That’s not the problem. The problem seems to be a framed rear end. That ducktail spoiler rounds up the whole rear end. Some already said it looks much like a Corvette from the back. And thinking that about a Ferrari isn’t actually complimentary.
Nevertheless, the car certainly feels angry, mean, devious and evil. And it is like that as it inherited rear wheel steering setup from the tdf. Called the Virtual Short Wheelbase by Ferrari, the system actually steers the rear wheels increasing the cornering speed or shortening the time for a course change. Working in conjunction with it, the Side Slip Control gives the driver a fantastic capability for extreme drifts. In fact, it has that drift mode thing many of today try to integrate on their cars.
And then there’s the inside. Ferrari did not walk away from the ideology they are using for all their cars. It looks futuristic sure, but also somehow simple, logical and even ergonomic in some strange sense. This is very important. The car bears the name Superfast after all. It has to show that on the inside as well.
Unfortunately, Ferrari did not release and details about the price. Yet, we do know it’ll hit more than 211 mph and accelerate to 62 mph in less than three seconds. Supercar fast. So, expect a supercar price. TopGear speculates about a high-end price of $380,000. Reasonable? Compared to $2.4 mil Huayra Roadster, it is.
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