1 Jun 2017
Ferrari’s replacement for the F12 supercar, the all-new 812 Superfast, arrived in Australia in the middle of 2017 with a reduced pricetag and unprecedented customer interest.
At launch, Ferrari had already pre-sold 1.5 times the amount of volume it expected over the 812’s life cycle.
Ferrari dropped the old 6.3-litre V12 powering the F12 in favour of a new 6.5-litre, high-revving aspirated V12 capable of producing a massive 588kW at 8500rpm and 718Nm at 7000rpm, making it the most powerful car on sale in Australia when it was released.
Power was sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the 812 capable of a 2.9-second zero to 100km/h time, on to a 340km/h top speed.
To aid handling Ferrari equipped the 812 Superfast with the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 four-wheel steering system, Side Slip Control dynamics system, and electric power steering which it said would allow for better turning response and 11 per cent increase in lateral acceleration when cornering.
Aerodynamic efficiency was a big part of the 812’s development, with multiple air intakes at the front and sides of the vehicle channelling air in the most efficient ways possible.
Inside, the 812 received a number of tweaks over the F12 including a floating, horizontal dash, more ergonomic sports seats and Ferrari’s trademark wild steering wheel.