When you say the most powerful, fastest Ferrari in the companies history you've said a mouthful. Well, that's just what the folks at Ferrari are saying as the automaker has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast.
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 Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year.
The 812 Superfast is aimed at the select few who can afford and demand 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 be used as an all-round vehicle.
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes nearly 800 hp, the 812 Superfast mid-front-engined sports car achieves maximum power output at 8,500 rpm. Those are figures that no other front-engined production car has ever even come near to delivering and which will ensure the kind of top-end performance that is a characteristic of Ferrari’s 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 530 ft lbs @ 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.
All this translates into 0-100km (62mph) in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.
The 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering) which 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 improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris. Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the 365 GTB4 of 1969. The design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterized by impressively muscular wheel-arches 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 emphasizes that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheel-arch. At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasize a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin.
The style and aerodynamic function are seamlessly integrated to produce innovative solutions. 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 aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce. The car is being launched in a special new color, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company’s 70th anniversary.
The interior 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 ergonomic seats are featured alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.
Pricing information was not released and probably not for the weak of heart.
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