Good news for Ferrari fans! This here is the replacement of the F12 Berlinetta and it is going to be fast. And we have Ferrari’s word for it because it is literally called the Superfast — 812 Superfast, to be precise.
That number is the first clue to where all this performance will stem from. This front-engined rear-wheel drive GT will make 800 Italian horsepower (or 789bhp, if you ask us) and will top out at “over 211mph”. That’s a blinding 340kph-plus v-max.
Powered by the same 6.5-litre V12 from the F12, this car boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Maranello has ever shoehorned into a production car. The peak output is achieved at an ear-splitting 8,500rpm, while the 719Nm of torque kicks in at 7,000rpm. This enables the 812 to shatter the 100kph mark from standstill in a mere 2.9 seconds. However, Ferraris are never just about straight-line acceleration.
To ensure nimble handling and high speed stability the engineers have employed a host of active aerodynamic aids and the bodywork is festooned with all manner of gills and scoops. The 812 will also benefit from the fifth generation of Ferrari’s Side Slip Control (SSC) system, while the Virtual Short Wheelbase — that’s four-wheel steering, in plain English — will make it more nimble around corners.
There’s also Ferrari’s first electric power steering system (EPS), which we hope gives the 812 — and we can’t believe we’re saying this — a slower steering ratio than the excessively darty and sometimes borderline psychopathic F12. Overall, the 812 weighs just 1,525kg dry, making it a relative featherweight for a large V12-engined GT.
The cabin receives an update too, with a reworked steering wheel and reimagined instrument clusters, but the most notable change is the somewhat fussy exterior styling.
The 812 Superfast will likely make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month.