We said yesterday that the new F8 Spider won’t be the only convertible Ferrari reveals this month and true to our word comes the 812 GTS, Maranello’s first series-production front-engine V12 convertible in 50 years. And. It. Is. Gorgeous!
The last one came in 1969 and that was the 365 GTS4 a.k.a. Daytona Spider. Though there have been others such as the 2005 575 Superamerica, 2010 SA Aperta, and the 2014 F60 America these were limited-run special editions (honourable mention to the one that started it all in 1948 - the 166 MM; it won two of the most prestigious endurance races in the world in 1949 - the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans…) and the latest, based on the 812 Superfast, minus the name (but it is super fast) shares the exterior and interior dimensions of the hardtop and of course that incredible 6.5-litre motor blessed with 789 horsepower. That is a lot of power – in fact, Ferrari says it’s the most powerful production spider in the world. For comparison’s sake, it outdoes the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster’s 6.5-litre V12 which only makes 759 horses by some distance…
The V12 – which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with a shorter gear ratio and has been programmed to shift faster when the Manettino is in the sportier settings screams to 8,900rpm with its torque hitting its 718Nm peak at 7,000rpm. The GTS can hit 0-100kph in under three seconds and it has a top speed of 340kph. We suggest you enjoy these V12s while they last because it probably won’t be too long before these naturally aspirated V12s are ditched and replaced by forced induction.
Like the F8 Spider, it uses an electrically retractable hardtop that can retract in 14 seconds while the car is traveling at 45kph and it has a an electrically operated rear screen acting as a windbreaker which should make the GTS more comfortable to drive when the roof is down – oh, and best of all, you’ll be able to hear that V12 much better too. The chassis has been beefed up to compensate for the loss of structural rigidity that the roof brings and this has added 75kg - but even though it is fatter it should be very nimble thanks to the specially calibrated magnetorheological dampers. The rear splitter has been redesigned in order to combat the differences in aero that the GTS has and it gets new air vents in the rear flanks to help reduce drag.
It is also equipped with all of the 812 Superfast’s new generation components and control systems such as Side Slip Control v5.0 and the ‘Peak Performance’ driver assistance system designed to help give you feedback via the wheel to correct powerslides.
There is no confirmed price for the 812 GTS yet but since the fixed roof coupe starts at $335,275 you’ll need a much bigger wallet if you want this convertible.