As if the dramatically curved bodywork and screaming V12 didn’t clue you in, Ferrari decided to name its replacement for the F12berlinetta the 812 Superfast. With a top speed of 340 km/h, it is a very accurate name for this beast. That name, of course, harkens back to the Ferrari 500 Superfast, a gorgeous V12 GT car built during the 1960s.

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When viewed from the side, the 812’s dramatic, swooping lines and bulging wheel arches are the embodiment of power and aggression. Park it next to an F12, and the family resemblance will be obvious, but you will soon notice that Ferrari has amplified the 812’s styling in almost every way possible. The interior has seen its share of upgrades compared to the F12 as well.  Ferrari has made excellent use of negative space throughout the dash, giving the impression that certain elements are free-floating. Perforated leather seat and driver-oriented controls make the driver as comfortable as possible.

The “8” in 812 is derived from the fact that the engine produces 800 CV at 8500 rpm, while the “12” of course, refers to the number of cylinders. This particular V12 is 75% new compared to the F12berlinetta’s. Whereas the F12 used a 6.3-litre V12, the 812’s engine has been enlarged to 6.5 litres in order to help boost the power output. Amazingly, this engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever fitted to a production car. This high-revving powerhouse of an engine enables the car to sprint to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and to 200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The 812 uses Ferrari’s first attempt at an electrically assisted power steering system. With increased responsiveness and efficiency over the old hydraulic systems, Ferrari has painstakingly engineered the system to preserve the renowned steering feedback the manufacturer is known for. A rear-wheel steering system carried over from the F12, plus a slew of techno-wizardry with acronyms like Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP) and Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO) allow the driver to have as much fun as possible without stuffing the car into the hedges.

Andy’s Thoughts:

For me the front engined V12 have always been the models to own. When it’s predecessor evolved from the F12 to the F12 TDF (final version of the car), I did think it cannot get any better. To be honest I was disappointed when I saw the first images of the 812 Superfast, as I felt that the F12 was a better looking car. Looks aside, the the 812 wins all day, but F12 was definitely prettier.

I recently attended a Ferrari event where I was able to see the 812 for myself, and just like all the Ferrari’s that have been launched in the past 20 years, pictures do not do it justice. Its stunning, and beautifully brutish, in a way that the F12 is not. The Superfast looks every bit as powerful as it actually is, so I guess the design is spot on.

However, there are a lot of curves, scoops, and outlets which all complicate the design somewhat. Knowing that each has its own function explains a lot, but that does mean the design is not simple. If anything I like that Ferrari design cars that are not just stunning, but at the peak of design.

The 812 Superfast is a stunner. If you don’t believe me, wait to be converted when you see one.