At the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari is set to debut its most powerful 12-cylinder Berlinetta. the 812 Superfast. As the name suggests, the 812 Superfast is the most powerful and fastest Ferrari ever.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year. The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf.
At a glance, the 812 Superfast, designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris and underlines the car’s exceptional performance with very sporty lines and proportions. Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969.
The design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterized by impressively muscular wheelarches 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 wheelarch. From the rear, the supercar has four round tail-lights, inspired by Ferrari tradition, emphasize a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin. For aero efficiency, two elements play major roles: multi-functional frontal section and the rear flank.
Interior-wise. the 812 Superfast has been revisited in line with the more extreme exterior whilst maintaining unaltered the exceptional on-board comfort and space that Ferrari’s front-engined V12 berlinettas have always offered. The cabin 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. Meanwhile, 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.
Powered by a new 6.5-liter 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 8,500 rpm, which translates to a specific power output of 123 cv/l. The engine is paired to a dual-clutch transmission with specific gear ratios to achieve a torque of 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm; although a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm.
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 uncompromising 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 to exploit.
The supercar controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, following the experience gained with the F12tdf, features a further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.