Having watched countless videos of the Ferrari F12 on YouTube, two of which have stood out to unforgettable effect. Both were presented by Chris Harris, formerly under the Chris Harris On Cars channel and the sheer superiority highlighted had left such excitement and lasting impressions that it always beckons the question, can Ferrari top this bonkers excuse of a car?
Well, you just have to remind yourself; this is after all a company whose founder, Enzo Ferrari, once famously quoted, “Aerodynamics is for those who can’t build engines”.
Mr. Ferrari probably wouldn’t be rolling in his grave seeing as the company had tapped vastly into the aerodynamics realm; in fact if there was any way to communicate the launch of this new 812 Superfast into the after life, Enzo would probably rise from the ashes to personally applaud the company’s new feat.
Firstly, the figures; and they’re huge. Up from 6.2-litres in the F12, the 812 Superfast’s V12 engine has been stroked to 6.5-litre alongside an improvement in the intake system. As a result, the naturally-aspirated engine squeezes out 800 hp at 8,500 rpm with 718 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm before it hits the rev limiter at an ear-splitting 8,900 rpm, creating an automotive symphony that even got our very own GC Mah all giddy when he got to have a taste of the 812 Superfast in Ferrari’s Fiorano test track.
0 – 100 km/h is claimed to be completed in 2.9 seconds (with Launch Control) with 200 km/h exceeded in just 7.9 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 340 km/h. With Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes fitted in the front and back, the 812 is just as Superfast at deceleration as it is off the line. It is claimed to get from 100 km/h to standstill in just 32 metres. Those 398mm rotors in the front and 360mm at the back hides behind a set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zeros.
Power is processed by a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox which now offers 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts. The new 812 Superfast features a new electronic four-wheel steering system that is slightly rear-biased to eradicate understeer and dramatically improve turn-in responses.
The 1630 kg Superfast also comes with a new electronic differential and Ferrari’s fifth generation side slip control system – where together, creates what Ferrari refers to as a “Virtual Short Wheelbase System” which can be engaged or disengaged with the signature mannetino switch on the steering wheel.
Also new to the 812 Superfast is the electronic power steering with variable torque assistance. Aerodynamic enhancements include passive flaps in the front bumper that opens when speeds exceed 200 km/h to channel through the underbody diffuser. This also includes huge scoops on the side alongside an active electronic wing to manage the airflow across the Superfast’s body.
A new colour has been applied for the new 812 Superfast – the Rosso Settantanni, in commemorating the company’s 70th anniversary. The 812 Superfast starts at a base price of RM 1,578,800 excluding tax and options.