Essentially a thoroughly upgraded and renamed version of the F12berlinetta, the new 812 Superfast could go down in history as one of the most important Ferraris ever. Why? It might just be the very last naturally aspirated V12 prancing horse. While the regular F12 and the meaner F12tdf are both equipped with a 6.3-liter unit, the new 812 Superfast has an enlarged 6.5-liter pushing out a massive 800 horsepower (588 kilowatts).
Not only does it have a full 60 hp more muscle than the regular model and 20 hp extra over the special edition F12tdf, but the upgraded V12 also produces more torque. Generating a massive 530 pound-feet (718 Newton-meters) at 7,000 rpm, the 812 Superfast has an additional 28 Nm when compared to the standard F12berlinetta and at the same time an extra 13 Nm over the limited-run Tour de France.
Let’s talk performance. The 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) task will be completed in just 2.9 seconds en route to a top speed in excess of 211 mph (340 kph).
But the latest twelve-cylinder Ferrari is more than just a collection of amazing numbers. Its dual-clutch transmission has been specifically adapted for the new model and promises to shift gears in the blink of an eye, if not quicker than that. The throttle response has been further improved, while the specific gear ratios contribute to make the Superfast live up to its name. By the way, the moniker pays tribute to classic models from the 1950s and 1960s such as the 500 Superfast flagship tourer.
Another important novelty brought by the model is the inclusion of electric power steering, which is effectively making its debut on a Ferrari. Moreover, the 812 Superfast represents the marque’s first application of the second-gen Virtual Short Wheelbase, which is the vocabulary Maranello is using to describe its rear-wheel steering system.
As far as the design is concerned, the 812 Superfast adopts a more aggressive body painted in Rosso Settanta making its debut to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary. At the front of the underbody there are active flaps to boost aero, while the new full-LED tinted headlights have been nicely integrated into the design of those prominent air intakes. To further set it apart from the other two F12 models, Ferrari has given its new V12 beast four round taillights as a nod to many models of yesteryear and the more recent GTC4Lusso.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast will celebrate its world premiere early next month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Gallery: Ferrari 812 Superfast
THE FERRARI 812 SUPERFAST: GENEVA WORLD PREMIERE FOR THE NEW, EXTREME PERFORMANCE V12 BERLINETTA
Most powerful ever 800 cv production engine
Maranello, 16 February 2017 – Ferrari has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.
This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year.
The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. It is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range: an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners enjoy it as an all-round experience.
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800 cv, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, which translates to a specific power output of 123 cv/l. Figures that no other front-engined production car has ever even come near to delivering and which ensure the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is the exclusive characteristic of Ferrari’s noble V12 heritage.
The engine’s power is underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement.
Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving both driveability and pick-up even at low revs.
These performance levels were achieved in part by adopting a 350 bar direct injection system for the very first time on a high-performance engine and pairing it with variable geometry intake tracts conceptually derived from those of naturally-aspirated F1 engines.
The 812 Superfast’s dual-clutch transmission has specific gear ratios which, combined with shorter up and down-shifting times between gears, sharpen throttle response still further.
The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, resulting in unparalleled handling and roadholding. It’s the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering) which, in accordance with Ferrari’s uncompromising engineering approach, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance and, through the complete integration with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls – including the latest 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SSC) – make its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit.
The vehicle controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, following the experience gained with the F12tdf, features a further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.
Styling and aerodynamics
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris, underlining the car’s exceptional performance with very sporty lines and proportions.
Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969. The design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by impressively muscular wheelarches which imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasise that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheelarch.
At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin.
As with all Ferraris, style and aerodynamic function are seamlessly integrated to produce innovative solutions and forms. Two examples are the multi-functional frontal section, which incorporates a cluster of aerodynamic solutions including active flaps at the front of the underbody, and the rear flank which features an unprecedented aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce.
The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company’s 70th anniversary.
The interior of the 812 Superfast has been revisited in line with the more extreme exterior whilst maintaining unaltered the exceptional on-board comfort and space that Ferrari’s front-engined V12 berlinettas have always offered.
The cabin has been given a sportier, more radical look with the main elements seeming to float, creating an effect of both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance. The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural look.
New, more sporty and ergonomic seats feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.
812 Superfast – Technical Specifications
Type V12 – 65°
Overall displacement 6,496 cc
Maximum power output * 588 kW (800 cv) at 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque * 718 Nm at 7,000 rpm
Weight and dimensions
Length 4,657 mm
Width 1,971 mm
Height 1,276 mm
Dry weight** 1,525 kg
Weight distribution 47-53% front/rear
Maximum speed >340 Km/h
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions ***
Fuel consumption 14,9 l/100km
Emissions 340g CO2/km
* With 5 cv ram effect
**With lightweight optionals
*** Under homologation. ECE+EUDC with standard HELE system