The Ferrari 812 Superfast has made its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. In case you are wondering, the name has been borrowed from the 500 Superfast, which was an ultra-exclusive GT made by Ferrari in 1964.
Moving on, the 812 gets an overhauled exterior with a revamped front fascia and a sportier rear. As with any supercar, there are several aerodynamic elements such as the active flaps at the front of the underbody and a rear that produces more downforce than the F12’s. For potential customers: there’s a new exterior paint that you see in the images. It’s called Rosso Settanta and looks pretty similar to the Rosso Corsa paint.
On to the inside, the cabin has been redesigned, but the changes aren’t extensive. The dashboard and centre console have been slightly altered with new air vents and fewer buttons. The steering wheel and sport seats are new and so is the infotainment system.
The 812 is the most powerful series-production Ferrari to have been ever made- getting a new 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that makes 789 HP at 8500 RPM. The torque is rated at 717 Nm at 7000 RPM, albeit 80 percent of it is available from just 3000 RPM. Power is sent to the rear-axle by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. All this allows the 812 Superfast to go from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and max out at over 340 km/h. By contrast, the Lamborghini Aventador S sprints from 0-100 km/h in the same 2.9 seconds before topping out at 350 km/h.
Perhaps the most notable change change under the skin of the 812, apart from the engine, is its steering system. It is an electromechanical set-up- first for a Ferrari. However, it’s not the usual electronic steering you see in most cars. Instead, it is a four-wheel system. This means when the car enters into a corner, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front ones. This reduces oversteer and Ferrari officially calls this set-up ‘Virtual Short Wheelbase’ system.
The 812 Superfast will go up against the Aventador S, which was launched globally last year and is also on show in Geneva.