It is official – Ferrari has gone insane. When F12berlinetta came out in 2012 no one was thinking it is too slow. In fact, the opposite was true – many thought it has too much power. But then even more bonkers limited edition F12tdf came out. Although many thought that F12tdf is just an exercise of marketing and pleasing car collectors, the F12 replacement is even faster.
Ferrari has a long history of making front-engined V12 cars. And F12tdf seemed to be a nice idea for a limited run car before the brand releases a more mundane replacement for the F12berlinetta. However, 812 Superfast (a name to remember, certainly) is the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history. In fact, it is the fastest front-engined production car. It is powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine, producing 788.5 HP sent directly to the rear wheel through a dual-clutch transmission, which also has been improved. Maximum torque is achieved at 7,000 rpm, but 80 % of it is available at 3,500 rpm, which, together with sharper throttle response, should make 812 Superfast very lively in overtaking.
Purists will not be happy to know that 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari to have an electric power steering, but it is integral with other driver aids systems, including Side Slip Control. It means that the car will be easier to control and the power will be easier to exploit. 812 Superfast is also featuring the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system. Dynamics of the car are further enhanced by some aerodynamic solutions, such as flaps at the front of the underbody and a by-pass at the rear to increase downforce. The styling of the car takes inspiration from the history as 812 Superfast is part of the celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary.
812 Superfast has a two box design with a high rear profile, borrowed from the legendary 365 GTB4 of 1969. There are sculptural air intakes in the bonnet and a large, wide main grille, which makes car look more aggressive. It is further emphasized by the muscular stance of the car with prominent wheel arches and elegant lines on the side panels. Traditional four round tail lights visually lower and widen the rear of the car, while lull-LED headlights give car an angry look. Overall, 812 Superfast looks both aggressive and elegant, although aerodynamics seems to have shaped the car more than styling ideas.