THE FASTEST AND MOST POWERFUL FERRARI YET
The first and most difficult challenge Ferrari always faces when it decides to develop a new model is to push the boundaries of its own achievements yet again. This challenge is made all the tougher when the task at hand involves designing a new 12-cylinder engine, the power unit that hailed the start of the glorious Prancing Horse story 70 years ago in 1947. On this occasion, intensive research and development focused on exploiting Ferrari’s wealth of track-derived engineering know-how has produced the 812 Superfast, designed to offer its drivers both benchmark performance across the board and the most riveting and rewarding driving experience possible. With its output boosted to 800 cv, 60 more than the F12berlinetta, the 812 Superfast is the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever built (with the exception, of course, of the rear-engined special limited-series 12-cylinders). The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, and, in doing so, builds on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. To make full use of that huge power and to guarantee perfect weight distribution, the car exploits a highly evolved transaxle architecture that couples a front-mounted engine with a rear-mounted transmission. It is also the first Ferrari equipped with EPS (Electric Power Steering).
While retaining the 812 Superfast’s distinctive silhouette with a stretched hood and tall tail, the greater aerodynamic requirements of the 812 Competizione have introduced numerous alterations that give it an edgier appearance. One of the most notable changes is the use of an all-aluminum surface in place of the Superfast’s rear window. With the placement of vortex generators on this surface, the Competizione not only looks more striking but is more aerodynamically efficient – rearward visibility is another story but perhaps that isn’t a problem for an 819-hp Ferrari that will leave almost everything else in its dust.
- Engine: Naturally Aspirated 6.5L V12
- Horsepower: 819 hp @ 9,500 rpm
- Torque: 530 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm
- Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch
- Top Speed: 211 mph
- 812 Superfast Acceleration: 0 – 62 mph in 2.85 seconds
- 812 GTS Acceleration: 0 – 62 mph in 3 seconds
- Price: €499,000 (in Italy) for the 812 Competizione, and €578,000 for the 812 Competizione Aperta.
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