Thought the F12 was the most overpowered, insane machine Ferrari could come up with? No, me neither. It was just a matter of time before we got something even more ridiculous, and it just so happens to wear an equally silly name as the idea that spawned it: the 812 Superfast.
First off, a little history lesson is in order. The Superfast name isn’t chosen purely because it represents what the car is (super fast), but because Ferrari has used it on previous models in the past.
Recently, they’ve been reusing old monikers on new models, an excellent way to not have to come up with new names and pay homage to the legends of old. The Superfast name was first used on a 1964 Ferrari 500, which in itself was a great front-engined GT car, much like the new 812.
Officially a successor of the F12 Berlinetta, the 812 Superfast is based on the F12 but with major, significant improvements. It uses the same 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, but in 812 guise it produces 789 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 530 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm.
Around 80 percent of all available torque is available low-down, even before 3,500 rpm, which is unheard of in a high-revving Ferrari.
They’ve achieved these frankly ridiculous numbers thanks to a couple of upgrades. Direct fuel injection was added as was variable length intake tracts, specifically designed to boost the volumetric volume of the engine.
LaFerrari aside, the 812 Superfast is the fastest production Ferrari ever made. Indeed the fastest GT car the company’s ever built.
The new technology has been lifted straight from the 6.3 liter V12 in the Laferrari, so it’s small wonder that they produce the same amount of power (the LaFerrari gets added boost from the electric motors of course).
They retained the previous 7-speed dual clutch transmission like the one found in the F12, but it gets new gear ratios. The shifting time has been reduced and the throttle response sharpened.
It also gets electric power steering and is the first Ferrari to feature the technology. Slightly controversial, but we’re sure Ferrari knows exactly what they’re doing. The side-slip control is borrowed from the 488 and the four-wheel steering from the F12 tdf. It is a greatest-hits edition of all the Ferraris ever made.
As you can probably tell from the pictures, the exterior received a facelift as well. The front LED headlights have been redesigned and incorporated into the sculpted air intakes in the hood, while the adjustable flaps used to control airflow and subsequently downforce can be found both at the front and rear of the car.
It was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, but it will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show today. What a car!