Cars Battle: Ferrari 812 Superfast vs Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Since Ferrari 812 Superfast was first revealed, it has been considered as Ferrari’s most powerful regular production car to date. And true, this car’s performance is spectacular, to a point that people wonder whether this is a super-GT or a supercar. Interesting enough, Aston Martin also revealed their new super-GT flagship – Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – which is the answer to Ferrari 812 Superfast. This “brute in a suit” has also proven itself to be the most exceptional car Aston Martin has ever built. And today, let’s pitch these 2 super-GTs Ferrari 812 Superfast vs Aston Martin DBS Superleggera into battle and see which one emerges victorious!

Table of Content:
1. Ferrari 812 Superfast Overview
2. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Overview
3. Ferrari 812 Superfast vs Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
4. Final Thought

1. Ferrari 812 Superfast Overview

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  • Engine: 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V-12
  • Power: 789 hp @ 8500 rpm
  • Torque: 530 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm
  • Top Speed: 211 mph
  • 0-60mph Acceleration: 2.8 sec
  • Base Price: $340,712

Ferrari 812 Superfast is the replacement for the F12berlinetta back in 2012. This new front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-seater features lots of enhancements over the old F12berlinetta, especially the 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V-12 engine and the new chassis technology.

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So why it has the name “812 Superfast”? Well, the number “8” actually refers to 800 “cavalli vapore” (which means “horsepower” in Italy). And since horsepower metric in Italy is a bit smaller than the United States’, the 800 cavalli vapore figure equals to 789 horsepower in US standard. On the other hand, the number “12” refers to the car’s 12 cylinders. And finally the term “Superfast” literally means… superfast, it is just how insane this car’s power really is.

Ferrari 812 Superfast is now available with the base price of $340,800. In addition, there are also more than 25 customization options for customers to choose from. Depending on customer’s choices, the price can even increase to over $450,000.

2. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Overview

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  • Engine: 5.2-litre twin-turbo V-12
  • Power: 715 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Torque: 663 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
  • Top Speed: 211 mph
  • 0-60mph Acceleration: 3.2 sec
  • Base Price: $308,081

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera was revealed last year as Aston Martin’s super-GT flagship and also, a replacement to the Vanquish. It is also dedication to the “DBS” namesake, which reminds us of George Lazenby’s James Bond in 1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Daniel Craig’s 007 in 2006 Casino Royale.

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The word “Superleggera” refers to its “lightweight” aspect. Also, the car actually based on the DB11, featuring the same 5.2-litre twin-turbo V-12 engine while at the same time, keeping its weight 70kg lighter than the V-12 DB11. And due the DBS Superleggera being a Vanquish’s replacement and also, bearer of the DBS’s namesake, clearly there are quite lots of expectations put on this car.

But as Aston Martin’s boss – Andy Palmer – described, this super-GT is indeed a “brute in a suit”. This is one incredible Aston Martin full of potential. And now, let’s see how the Ferrari 812 Superfast vs Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

3. Ferrari 812 Superfast vs Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Exterior

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In terms of exterior design, both Ferrari 812 Superfast and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera share quite similar body type. Both of them are front-engined GT (except the DBS Superleggera has a 4-seated configuration, yet the 2 back seats are rather… ineffective).

The two super-GTs also have aggressive, sporty styling. That said, each of them follows a different styling direction. The 812 Superfast looks more ferocious, especially thanks to the sharp lines and hard lines which makes the car feels like a state-of-the-art sculpture. On the other hand, the DBS Superleggera looks “Aston Martin”, it looks muscular while at the same time, exudes the sensation of an elegant gentleman.

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Both cars look extremely “handsome” and attractive. It is literally impossible to say which car has better style. If you prefer a more energetic, aggressive supercar-like style, Ferrari 812 Superfast is definitely the winner here. But for those who like to enjoy the elegant, “brutish” gentleman, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a no-brainer.     

Interior

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When it comes to the interior, we can start to see a huge difference in terms of direction here. Starting with Ferrari 812 Superfast, from our perspective the car seems to focus more on driver. This is proven by the fact that there is no standard infotainment screen. Most of the control is put right before the driver seat, right on the steering wheel. From driver-centric standpoint, this design is fantastic since driver can focus on their driving easier. Every control lies within their grasp without needing to reach their hand far away from the steering wheel.

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In case of Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, they seem trying to blend between driver-centric and classy element. It does have a classic feel to it, yet also; it implements a number of advanced technologies nowadays like the Mercedes-AMG’s infotainment system. And then there is one aspect which is arguably offered better than the 812 Superfast: the interior customizations. Compared to the 812 Superfast, the DBS Superleggera has much more extensive interior customization ranging from materials to optional features.

By saying that, this does not mean that the 812 Superfast is completely subpar to the DBS Superleggera. But in terms of personal customization and luxury sensation, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has the upper hand here.

Power & Performance

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In terms of power, we cannot deny that these two cars are really phenomenal in their own rights. Both cars are powered by their respective V-12 and both of them can hit the top speed of over 200mph, which is really crazy. That said, in terms of pure power, clearly Ferrari 812 Superfast is the crazier beast here.

Despite both have the same 211mph of max speed (on paper); the 812 Superfast accelerates faster than the DBS Superleggera. In particular, the 812 Superfast can hit 60mph from zero only within 2.8sec, while in case of the DBS Superleggera, it takes 3.2sec. From 0 to 100mph, the 812 Superfast is even quicker with 5.8sec record, while the DBS Superleggera needs 7.3sec. In terms of rev, the 812 Superfast also has crazier range of 8900rpm (although the record showed that it is actually capable of 9000rpm redline).

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That being said, let’s make it clear that both cars can deliver incredible driving experiences, no doubt about that. When we hit the engine and let it does the job, we can feel how fast these cars are. The sounds are loud and fantastic; the senses of speed are simply phenomenal. However, if we have to pick out a winner here, we have to choose Ferrari 812 Superfast. This Ferrari literally does what its name implies: “superfast.” But that is power, how about their ride and handling then?

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Well, again both cars do really good job in this regard. Both cars feel really good with their handling and steering. But, there is another difference in direction here: With Ferrari 812 Superfast, its handling and responsiveness are extremely quick. To certain extent, the car feels so sharp, perhaps too sharp that it may catch us off guard, especially during the first few drives. At the same time, driving the 812 Superfast feels exceptionally good when we get a hang of it. The best way to experience this car’s power and handling is definitely when we’re on track. It is when the 812 Superfast can unleash its full potential.

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On the other hand, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera’s handling also feels really good. And this is the highlight: this car is really approachable. It feels like we can just simply get in the car, hit that engine button and have fun with it right away. The DBS Superleggera always gets the right balance between high power and elegance. It’s truly like what Aston Martin described: “a brute in a suit.” The car is really enjoyable on both road and track. But still if we compare the overall performance, the 812 Superfast is the real kicker. However, its sharp responsiveness and handling sometimes force driver to focus constantly and therefore, it can be tiring while driving on road and especially for grand-touring purpose. On the contrary, the DBS Superleggera’s approachable and enjoyable experience proves to have better practicality on this regard.

4. Final Thought

In conclusion, both Ferrari 812 Superfast and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are incredible super-GTs which are definitely worth their $300,000 price-tag. The only remaining question is: which one we personally prefer the most. In terms of overall power and performance, Ferrari 812 Superfast still excels in every aspect. Yet, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has the “high ground” thanks to its approachability and extensive personal customizations.

And that’s it folks! Which car do you prefer the most: Ferrari 812 Superfast vs Aston Martin DBS Superleggera? Feel free to share with us and for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!

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