Ferrari unveiled its latest cannon, ahead of next month’s Geneva International Motor Show: The 812 Superfast marks Maranello’s fastest, most powerful production car ever.
812 Superfast is powered by a new 6.5-liter V12 that screams out 789 horsepower at 8500 rpm, which translates to a specific power output of 121 horsepower per liter. Maximum torque is 529 ft.-lb. (718 Nm) @ 7000 rpm, but it’s important to note that 80% is available at only 3500 rpm. Superfast is, you guessed it, super-fast: 62 mph arrives in just 2.9 seconds, according to Ferrari, which adds the top speed is “over 211 mph.”
Ferrari says the 812 is also the first car in its history to sport electronic power steering; it has the company’s patented Side Slip Control (its stability system), while the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system uses microchips to tame the rear-drive power and improve response time.
Delivering staggering performance and nimble handling is one thing, but Ferraris are expected to work as pieces of art as well. Designed in-house, the 812 Superfast certainly fits the brief. Its basic silhouette is largely unchanged from the F12 but the details, from the skinny new headlights to the quad taillights, give it a look more in line with the 488 GTB and J50.
The interior is spiffy too, as are most Ferrari interiors. The tachometer sits front and center, straddled by two configurable screens. The steering wheel is new, but certain Ferrari-specific features remain, like the turn signal buttons and the “manettino” mode switch on the bottom.