For its 70th birthday, Ferrari is bringing back the iconic Superfast moniker with the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast. The car will make its global debut in March at the 87th annual Geneva Motor Show.
In the 1950s, the 4.9 Superfast was the quickest Ferrari model and had the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine under the hood. Sixty years later, Ferrari’s most powerful 12 cylinder engine is found under the hood of the 812 Superfast, which is derived from the 2016 Ferrari F12 TDF.
In the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the naturally aspirated 6.3 L V12 is bored to 6.5 L and is fitted with a new 5076 psi direct injection fuel system, which brings the power output to 789 horsepower. With variable length intake runners which shorten and lengthen the intake tracks to maximize airflow, the 6.5 L V12 produces a spleen-crushing 789 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 530 lb.ft. torque at 7000 rpm. These power output figures officially make the 812 Superfast the most powerful model in Ferrari’s history. For comparison, the LaFerrari produced the same 789 horsepower, but torque output maxed out at 516 lb.ft. The F12 TDF produced 769 horsepower and 520 lb.ft. torque. Ferrari claims that the 812 Superfast will sprint to 62 mph from standstill in 2.9 seconds and will top out at 211 mph.
Compared to the F12 TDF, software plays a greater role in the 812 Superfast and includes the second generation of Ferrari’s virtual short wheelbase (Ferrari speak for rear wheel steering), a fifth generation of the side slip control, and the company’s first ever electric power steering. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission has been recalibrated with new gear ratios which result in quicker shifting times.
Like the F12 TDF, the 812 Superfast features the familiar reactive aero flaps up front, venturies at the rear, vents, intakes, and other aerodynamic components. But, it does not feature a wing, which would have disrupted the Superfast’s sleek body. The 812 Superfast was designed in-house by Ferrari and not by Pininfarina, the famed Italian coachbuilder. The 812 Superfast shares its length with the F12 TDF, but the Superfast is 0.4 inches wider and 0.1 inches taller.
Ferrari hasn’t announced the pricing for the 812 Superfast, but we can positively assume that it will be around the same price as the F12 Berlinetta, which currently retails for just under $330,000.
Ferrari 812 Superfast Gallery
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