In Geneva Motor Show 2018, Ferrari introduced their new super-GT called Ferrari 812 Superfast as the replacement for the 2012 F12 Berlinetta. Not only it looked stunning but also, it was considered as the company’s “most powerful series production model” yet. Such statement is not further away from the truth; and today, let’s have a Ferrari 812 Superfast review and see how insane this new Ferrari is!
Table of Content:
1. Ferrari 812 Superfast Overview
4. Power & Performance
5. Final Thought
1. Ferrari 812 Superfast Overview
As mentioned, 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.
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.
Right off the bat we can see how aggressively looking the new Ferrari 812 Superfast is. The most fascinating part about this exterior design is the mixing of contour lines throughout the car’s body. From the front to the side, then to the rear, we can see various contour lines which fit the car’s aesthetic perfectly. They look elegant, and they smoothly blend in with the car’s lines. They do not necessarily make the car’s design more complicated, yet they do make the car looks more striking and aggressive.
As mentioned, the 812 Superfast also gets a chassis upgrade with rear-wheel steering and active aerodynamics. The goal for this chassis enhancement is to open up new possibilities of new abilities for both road and track use.
Since the car is also partly designed as a super-GT, one thing which certain people may concern is its storage space. In case of Ferrari 812 Superfast, the trunk design is a little bit peculiar. At first glance, many people would think that its trunk can be opened under the Ferrari name logo. Yet in fact, the 812 Superfast’s trunk follows hatchback design and it has bigger space than our initial impression. The only issue is: the trunk lid is situated rather high and therefore, we have to hold our luggage to our waist if we want put it in. This is definitely tiring, especially if we have heavy luggage.
If we take an overall look at Ferrari 812 Superfast’s interior, honestly speaking it is not exactly what we can call luxurious. But it is also far from being bad; it looks great with all the beautiful materials actually.
The seats follow the racing style which put driver on low position. That said, the seats can still be adjusted manually yet even so, they are not exactly comfortable for long-distance lounging. The car also has quite spacious boot along with decent parcel shelf, making it quite suitable for grand touring.
And now, we come to some interesting elements: First, you will soon realize that this car does not have any center infotainment system. Instead, most of your control and information lie right on the steering wheel and the gauge cluster. The steering wheel has almost all the functions you need like turn signals, headlights, windshield, the Engine button, and the driving-mode switcher. In case of the gauge cluster, at the center we still have the rev counter. Then on the left we have a screen which can show information like Speedometer, Tire Pressure and Temperature. On the right side we also have a screen where driver can choose to show Speedometer, Navigation, Radio, Media, Phone, or configure some Settings. The main idea behind this design is that: it allows drivers to keep both their hands on the wheel most of the time.
The second thing you can notice is where they put the climate vents. Right on the dashboard, you can see two protruding climate vents. These vents’ directions can be moved manually so that the air will flow to exact location(s) where driver and passenger want. In addition, you can adjust the amount of airflow from the vents via the dials located next to the vents.
At this point, some people may wonder: “how can passenger see the information if there is no central infotainment screen?” Great question, in fact, Ferrari already thought about this. And their answer lies right in front of the passenger’s seat. Pay attention and you will see a small Power button, which will turn on a small digital screen for passenger. Here you can choose from Media, Navigation, Performance (which shows the current speed, gear, and even the g-force), and VDA (which shows the current driving mode and car systems). It’s quite neat given the idea behind 812 Superfast’s design.
4. Power & Performance
- 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
- 0-100mph Acceleration: 5.8 sec
Now we finally come to the sweet part, which is Ferrari 812 Superfast’s power and performance. For quick recap, the 812 Superfast is a front-engined, 2-seater super-GT which uses the 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V-12 engine. This 6.5-liter V-12 derived from the F12 Berlinetta’s engine; however, 75% of the engine are in fact new parts. This makes up for a total of 789 horsepower (just as its name implies) and 530 lb-ft of torque.
The car’s acceleration is no doubt crazy, worthy to be Ferrari’s “most powerful regular production car” indeed. Acceleration is insanely fast and the sound is so crazy. The car truly feels “superfast” and it is really loud. For the record, the Ferrari 812 Superfast can reach 60mph from zero in 2.8sec, which is an incredible feat given that fact this is a rear-wheel drive car. Even from 0 to 100mph, it only takes 5.8sec, and from 0 to 170mph, it just takes for more than 17sec.
Now to be fair, the 812 Superfast’s V-12 still has several heavy contenders like Aston Martin’s V-12. Even its sound is not as insane as the 911 GT3’s or a McLaren 720’s. That being said, what’s truly special about this Ferrari V-12 is its outstanding reach. It is capable of 9000rpm redline despite its 8900rpm figure on paper. And if you get to experience it, you will see how ferocious this 812 Superfast really is. To some extent, it is really confusing whether this car is a grand tourer or a supercar.
In terms of handling, the Ferrari 812 Superfast is extremely active and aggressive. It is even more aggressive than the F12tdf. Steering is extremely sharp; or perhaps too sharp even. On straight line, everything feels smooth and stable. Yet at the corner, the turning can happen extremely fast, too active that it can easily catch you off guard.
On bumpy road, the 812 Superfast’s weak point starts to show even on its “bumpy road” damping mode. This is partly due to the soft damper which tends to slightly delay and also, the suspension feels somewhat stiff.
5. Final Thought
Overall, Ferrari 812 Superfast is mid-engined super-GT with extreme capability. Its power and handling capability are so thrilling, so active that you will find lots of fun while driving it on track. However, such hyperactive aspect also makes it quite a trouble on road since it tends to force us concentrating for long period. Despite being called as a “super-GT”, this 812 Superfast actually feels more like a supercar rather than what it claimed. Nonetheless, its speed, its stunning performance and handling are the real shining point. People will find lots of fun with it especially if they know what to expect from the car of such high caliber.
And that’s it folks! What do you think of Ferrari 812 Superfast? Feel free to share with us and for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!
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