On the 15th May 2020, Naza Italia, the official imported of Ferrari brand in Malaysia, officially debuted the Ferrari 812 GTS and Ferrari F8 Spider. Both of the cars that were debut was the convertible version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Let’s go into detail and look at the cars.
Ferrari 812 GTS
The Ferrari 812 GTS is Ferrari’s most powerful production convertible along Ferrari’s history since Ferrari 1st introduce a front-engine V12 Spider 50 years ago. Looking back at the history, the Ferrari V12 Spider starts from 1948 with the 166MM, and in 1969 we get the 365 GTS4. After the 365 GTS4, there are no more series-production front engine V12 model in their line-up.
Even though Ferrari did not have any series-production spider in their line-up, Ferrari still manage to create 4 special series limited edition models. The models are the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina in 2000, the Superamerica in 2005, the SA Aperta in 2010 and, most recently, the F60 America of which just 10 were built to celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year on the American market in 2014.
As for the Ferrari 812 GTS, it is the spider version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It comes with a retractable hard top that can be opened or closed in just 14 seconds. Apart from that, you can do that while driving at speeds of 45km/h. With the roof down or up, the 812 GTS still manage to retain the interior space of the car that is similar with the 812 Superfast.
For the Ferrari 812 GTS, there are the electric rear screen, which acts as a wind-stop, makes the car useable with the top down while, with the top up, it can be left open to allow occupants to continue to enjoy the naturally-aspirated V12’s soundtrack.
Powering the 812 GTS is the same 6.5L V12 engine that is found in the 812 Superfast. The engine produces a powerful 588kW at 8,500rpm and 718Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. This translated to an acceleration of under 3 seconds and a top speed of over 340 km/h. To transmit the power on to the road, Ferrari have given the 812 GTS a dual-clutch transmission that is tune to enhance the 812 GTS’ sportiness.
In terms of design, the 812 GTS echoes the design language and proportions of the 812 Superfast. There is the sleek fastback look with a high tail from the side is a reminiscent of the 365 GTB4 (Daytona) of 1968. At the rear, the whole roof, tonneau cover, and luggage compartment have been redesigned. Ferrari smartly package the roof movement mechanism under the two buttresses at the rear of the car, which stow the roof underneath the tonneau cover.
As the whole rear have been redesigned, the 812 Superfast’s aerodynamic by-pass have been compensated with an additional flap at the diffuser. To complete the look, the 812 GTS comes with a model-specific multi-spoke forged wheel with 3 different finish that customer can opt for, namely diamond-finish, liquid silver, and Grigio Scuro.
In order to retain the same aerodynamic performance as the coupe, Ferrari aerodynamicists have meticulously resculptured the tonneau cover surfaces and incorporated the triplane wing into the rear diffuser to create sufficient downforce from the underbody. With the increase downforce, Ferrari aerodynamicists still manage to keep the drag to a minimum by channelling excessive air pressure build up in the wheel well through the air vents on top of the rear flank.
Moving on to vehicle dynamics, the 812 GTS is equipped with the same new generation components and control systems that are found in the 812 Superfast, which delivers great driving satisfaction. The system that Ferrari highlights that help on the driving experience are the version 5.0 Ferrari patented SSC, 4-wheel steering, Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP), Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO), and magnetic dampers.
The Ferrari 812 GTS is available from the base price of RM1,538,000 (before duties, customization options, taxes and insurance).
Ferrari F8 Spider
The other car that made South East Asian debut is the Ferrari F8 Spider. The F8 Spider is the latest generation of the drop-top sports car equipped with the most successful mid-rear-mounted V8 in history. In the past, Ferrari have been making mid-mounted V8 sports car since 1977 with the 308 GTS. The F8 Spider was created to replace the 488 Spider while improving it in all aspect.
For the powertrain of the F8 Spider, Ferrari uses its award winning V8 engine that was crowned “International Engine of the Year Award” for four consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) and that was also selected as the best engine of the last two decades. The V8 engine produces 530 kW at 8,000rpm and 770Nm of torque at 3,250rpm. This means that the engine in the F8 Spider produces 37kW and 10Nm of torque more than the engine in the 488 Spider, which is achieve by having a new intake line that is derived directly from the 488 Challenge car.
Another component that is derive from the 488 Challenge car is Inconel exhaust manifolds which helps reduces the weight of the engine by 9.7kg. The exhaust has been extensively modified to produce a sound that is unique to the F8 Spider.
Similar to the Ferrari 812 GTS, the retractable hard top on the F8 Spider can be put up and down in just 14 seconds and you can do it when the car is travelling at up to 45 km/h. Moving on to the styling, the front of the F8 Spider look pretty much similar to the F8 Tributo. Head on to the back, the F8 Spider gets a distinctive design that have a manta-like look on the engine cover that is created by a central spine that starts from the rear screen and ends under the wing of the spoiler.
The F8 Spider has taken state-of-the-art aerodynamic solutions and innovations from Ferrari’s GT and Challenge racing experience, and fitted on to the Spider. Ferrari engineers also reposition the front radiators of the F8 Spider from the 488 Spider to help dissipate hot air while still able to produce maximum downforce but keeping drag to a minimum.
With the increase of power, reduction in weight, and improved aerodynamic manage to further enhance the performance level of the F8 Spider. In order to keep the car on the road, the F8 Spider comes with new Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer Plus. The Ferrari Enhancer Plus have integrated Side Slip Control that improves the drivers’ control on the limit.
The F8 Spider is being introduced at the base price of RM1,178,000 (before duties, customization options, taxes and insurance).
7 YEARS MAINTENANCE
All Ferrari comes with a programme that covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life. This maintenance programme is also available to owners who bought pre-own Ferraris. The regular maintenance schedule for a Ferrari is an interval of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions. The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships in the Official Dealership Network.