A new prancing horse has been announced ahead of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and it’s an absolute weapon.
As the replacement model for the outgoing F12 Berlinetta, the aptly named 812 Superfast will come with the Maranello camp’s most powerful V12 engine ever made. It’s already touted as the fastest Ferrari to ever come out of the marque and the spec sheet certainly suggests this, however purists who prefer their engine behind their head might be disappointed.
The new 812 Superfast follows the powertrain layout of both the F12 Berlinetta and f12tdf, opting for a front-engined, rear-wheel drive setup. This move can be attributed to the taste of today’s Ferrari owners who demand an uncompromising sports car primed for both the road and track without diminishing the necessities of comfort and versatility in daily driving.
The new car is crammed with the latest evolution of Ferrari’s 6.5-litre V12 engine to develop 588kW (789hp) and 718Nm of torque. For those playing at home that’s a commendable effort of an additional 43kW and 28Nm over the F12. The 0-100km/h sprint also gets a slight reset, now joining the sub-three-second club at 2.9 seconds.
As the car is about drivability as well as performance, Ferrari have made available the mountains of torque from 3,500rpm – all 80% of the 718Nm. Other notable areas of the car includes the first ever Ferrari inclusion of a sport EPS (Electric Power Steering) mode which is slated to work in unison with the car’s electronic vehicle dynamics system. In other words, more thrills in the twisty bits.
Stepping inside the car will reveal a radically updated interior with a floating design approach which gives full attention to components a driver needs to see without the stuff that distracts them. And because of the drivetrain layout, there’s also a very practical boot.
The 812 Superfast will be launched in a brand new hue of red called Rosso Settanta to mark the company’s 70th anniversary.
We’ll keep you posted on more details once Geneva kicks off.