There is really no end to the claim “most powerful production Ferrari ever produced”, and we love it like that because the beast here is Maranello’s ultimate V12 Grand Tourer, the Ferrari 812 Superfast.
It’s actually based on the F12 Berlinetta, with visual enhancements consisting of extended wheel arches, more aggressively sculpted air intakes and a higher tailgate finishing. The new rear end is a throwback to one of Ferrari’s historic greats – the 365 GTB4 from 1969. It’s painted in the glorious ‘Rosso Settanta’ colour, inline with the Prancing Horse’s 70th anniversary.
The 6.3-litre V12 in the F12 Berlinetta is actually bored and now displaces 6.5-litres. It remains naturally aspirated, but now belts 60 hp more than before, bringing the numbers up to 789 hp and 718 Nm of torque. Power, believe it or not, is delivered just to the rear wheels via a lightning quick dual-clutch transmission. As a comparison, the 812 Superfast makes 20 hp more than the F12tdf and matches that of the LaFerrari.
This one sprints from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and would go on clocking speeds of over 340 km/h. Okay, it’s probably not as quick as the LaFerrari, but still gets pretty close. New to the car is an electronic power steering setup, which is a first for Ferrari. Ferrari’s Slide Slip Control and Virtual Short Wheelbase help keep all four corners in control, whereas active aero flaps help produce additional downforce when required.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast will take the stands at the Geneva Motor Show this March. And oh, did you know that the Superfast moniker isn’t entirely new? In fact, the 410 Superfast and 500 Superfast were both sold in the United States during the 50s and 60s. However this one plays out, there’s no doubt that this Horse is actually super fast.