We don’t mind repeating that same line one more time. We love the Ferrari F12berlinetta. From its intimidating looks to that all-powerful engine which takes no prisoners, the GT car is made of the same kind of stuff that dreams are made of. And it’s going to be more than just a heartache to come into terms with its departure. But the prancing horse is well aware of how to heal a broken heart which is why they have unveiled the F12berlinetta’s successor. Meet the Ferrari 812 Superfast – the most powerful series production model ever produced by Ferrari. It also happens to be the last Ferrari to come with a naturally-aspirated V12 engine.
The 812 Superfast’s styling is clearly inspired by that of its predecessor and that works for us. The long hood, the short overhangs and that tight cabin are all reminiscent of the F12berlinetta. Though the basic shape is almost the same as that of the outgoing car, every panel has been redesigned, eventually resulting in a machine which is more menacing to behold. The rear in particular is magnificent and more aggressive to look at when compared with the rest of the horses in Ferrari’s stable. Its makers haven’t meddled much with the interior though. But they have made some updates to freshen things up inside. The new steering wheel is an example.
Under that mile-long bonnet of the Ferrari 812 Superfast lies a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine which is in fact larger than the unit found in the LaFerrari by a healthy 200cc. This powertrain produces 789bhp of power and 718Nm of torque. A revised seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox which provides quicker shifts comes mated with the fire-breathing engine. There is an improved steering system in place; Ferrari’s first Electric Power Steering to be specific, which along with the Virtual Short Wheelbase system (that’s four-wheel steering in simple terms) contributes to better handling, making the car more agile and sharper around the corners. Aerodynamic efficiency has been given the priority due, with active flaps at the front and “aerodynamic by-pass” at the rear being employed for better downforce.
With a name that has “Superfast” in it, the Ferrari 812 Superfast has to be quick and electrifyingly fast. And it is. 0-100kph comes up in 2.9 seconds and it can hit top speed of 340kph. All those figures are in line with the F12tdf’s performance numbers, which by the way was a much lighter car.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast will make its world debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. More shocking details (read “price”) will be revealed then.