Ferrari 812 Superfast replaces last ever Pininfarina-designed Ferrari
While emission regs keep digging a grave for the glorious naturally-aspirated V12 engine, Ferrari has decided to give its flagship V12 engine one last shot. For this, they have completely overhauled their flagship supercar the F12 Berlinetta to produce the new 812 Superfast.
Aesthetically, the 812 Superfast is very different yet very similar to the F12 Berlinetta. The Rosso Settanta paint on the 812 superfast celebrates the 70th anniversary of the prancing horse. The front fascia adopts an aggressive new look with full–LED tinted headlights and active flaps for better aerodynamics. The air inlets above the new headlights gel well with the design. The rear takes inspiration from the recently-launched GTC4 Lusso and features dual tail lights that hark back to some of the legends that rolled out of Maranello in the past.
Power comes from Ferrari’s famous V12 engine that gets upsized to 6.5-litre from the 6.3-litre engine in the F12 Berlinetta and the F12 tdf. To write a proper swansong for this motor, Ferrari has upgraded the engine to churn out 800 hp and 718 Nm of torque. With such immense grunt at its disposal, the 0-100 kph run will be over in 2.9 seconds and the 812 Superfast will go on screaming till it reaches its top speed of 340 kph. All this power will be handled by a dual-clutch transmission modified for application in the 812.
Ferrari has used an electric power steering system which marks the debut of this technology in a Ferrari car. Though purists may frown at it, Ferrari promises that along with the four-wheel steering system from the GTC4, called the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV), the new steering will make the 812 more agile and nimble.
The last-of-a-kind Ferrari 812 Superfast will make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show slated to happen in March. It should hit UAE and other GCC showrooms by the end of the year.
Incidentally, it also marks the end of Ferrari’s collaboration with design house Pininfarina, as the 812, the 488 and the California T were all designed in-house by Ferrari (even if they are just facelifts of previous Pininfarina designs).