Future Models - Ferrari 2017 812 Superfast
Geneva show: Super-fast Ferrari 812 blasts in
Quicksilver: Ferrari’s new flagship 812 Superfast stays true to its namesake with a zero to 100km/h acceleration time under three seconds thanks to a 588kW/718Nm atmo V12 engine.
Ferrari’s latest V12-powered monster, the 812 Superfast, set to premiere at Geneva
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17 February 2017
TO CELEBRATE its 70th birthday, Ferrari has developed an unbelievably quick new
model, the 812 Superfast, which features an 588kW/718Nm front-mid-mounted
naturally aspirated V12 engine.
Acceleration from zero to 100km/h takes just 2.9 seconds in the F12
Berlinetta-replacing flagship, while top speed is said to be in excess of
340km/h, ensuring the 812 is a case of Superfast by name and super-fast by
Unlike its 488, California T and GTC4Lusso T stablemates, the 812 – which will
its public debut at the Geneva motor show next month – eschews a turbocharged
powerplant in favour of a larger-displacement 6.5-litre V12 engine, up from 6.3
litres in the F12.
Ferrari has fitted a reworked direct injection system and new Formula
One-derived variable geometry intake tracts to increase maximum power to 588kW
at 8500rpm and peak torque of 718Nm at 7000rpm, with 80 per cent of the latter
available from 3500rpm.
The increase in performance hands the 812 Superfast the title of Ferrari’s most
powerful naturally aspirated production V12, outmuscling the F12 Berlinetta by
43kW/28Nm and the special-edition F12 tdf by 14kW/13Nm.
However, the electronically enhanced hybrid powertrain found in the
high-performing LaFerrari hypercar develops a combined total of 708kW/900Nm,
thanks to 590kW/700Nm from the 6.3-litre V12 paired with a 120kW electric motor.
Compared with other exotic V12 supercar fare, the 812 Superfast’s output trumps
the hardcore 552kW/690Nm all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4
Superveloce – although the rear-drive Ferrari is 0.1s ‘slower’ to triple digits
– and Aston Martin’s 444kW/630Nm Vanquish S, which takes 3.5s to hit the
Acceleration times are likely to vary based on driver reaction, though, with
the 812 driver able to shift gears via steering wheel-mounted paddles to
control the dual-clutch automatic transmission with reworked rear ratios and
improved shifting times.
A dedicated launch-control function will help achieve consistent times as power
is fed exclusively to the rear axle before being transferred to the road via
315/35 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres.
The front axle features the same-spec tyres in 275/35 sizing, with the 812
sitting on 20-inch wheels all-round. In a Ferrari first, the Superfast will
employ an electric power steering system, tuned specifically to work in unison
with the suite of electronic vehicle controls including the brand’s bespoke
Side Slip Control.
The 812 Superfast will also sport a new version of Ferrari’s rear-wheel
steering system that debuted on the F12 tdf – dubbed Virtual Short Wheelbase
2.0 – that increases turn-in sharpness and high-speed stability.
A reworked aerodynamic package will also help keep the 812 steady at high
speeds, with active aero flaps incorporated in the front grille, bonnet scoops
to help evacuate heat and turbulent air, and sculpted bodywork to direct
airflow and increase downforce.
Bonnet intakes are also designed in conjunction with new full-LED headlights,
which are incorporated into the bodywork for a sleeker look and better
aerodynamics, and flow directly into the beefy wheelarches.
At the rear, the size of the quad exhaust pipes almost matches the smoked round
tail-lights, while a body-coloured rear diffuser is fitted to improve
aerodynamics and increase downforce.
In fact, the entire rear section has been tweaked to optimise airflow,
evidenced by its heavily sculpted visage and rear vents to eliminate turbulent
flowing air and promote smoother air bypass.
From the profile, the 812 Superfast exudes style with a fastback silhouette,
long bonnet, heavily sloped roofline, and short front and rear overhangs.
In its pursuit of pure performance, Ferrari has not forgone modern
conveniences, with both front and rear parking sensors, and an updated
information and entertainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and voice
command operations fitted.
New sports seats designed for more comfort and better body-holding capabilities
are fitted, while a new instrument cluster sits behind a new-look steering
wheel with incorporated turn indicators, headlight, suspension setting and
driving mode adjustability controls.
According to Ferrari, the 812 Superfast will deliver “an uncompromising
sportscar that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet
also be comfortable enough to allow its owners to enjoy it as an all-round
Australian timing and pricing is yet to be announced. The F12 Berlinetta
currently commands an asking price of $690,745 (plus on-road costs), and the
812 is expected to retail for a similar figure when it arrives, possibly in the
next 12 months.