Ferrari has today revealed a new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest series production model in the marque’s 70-year history.
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine, the 812 Superfast delivers a maximum power output of 789 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 530 lb-ft of torque at 7000 rpm (80% of which is available at 3,500 rpm). Top speed is listed at over 211 mph, while 0-62 mph takes just 2.9 seconds.
Ferrari engineers say these performance levels have been achieved in part by adopting a 350 bar direct injection system for the very first time and pairing it with variable geometry intake tracts conceptually derived from those of naturally-aspirated F1 engines.
Mated to the engine is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that has specific gear ratios as well as shorter up and down-shifting times between gears.
The two-door model is also the first Ferrari to get electric power steering, which has been fully integrated with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls – including the latest 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control technology.
The vehicle controls also incorporates Ferrari’s Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system, a further evolution of the software featured in the F12tdf.
Externally, having been designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast gets bulging rear arches and a high tail that is said to have been inspired by the 365 GTB4 ‘Daytona’ of 1969.
At the front, full-LED headlights are integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet, which then continue on and wrap around the front wheel-arches. For aerodynamic purposes, the frontal section also gets active flaps at the front of the underbody.
Marking the company’s 70th anniversary, the car is finished in a special new colour dubbed “Rosso Settanta”.
The interior, meanwhile, has been given a sportier, more radical look, with the horizontal dash seemingly looping around the central air vents. Newly-designed instrument clusters sit behind a new steering wheel. Also new are the more sporty-looking seats, which Ferrari designers say are more ergonomic than before.
The 812 Superfast will make its official public debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show.