The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the latest super-GT car from Maranello, the newest in a long line of front-engined V12s, hence the ‘12’ in the title. It replaces the F12, which wasn’t exactly unsuperfast itself. But now – and here comes the ‘8’ – peak power is up to 800 metric horsepower, or 789bhp, so if it wasn’t fast enough before, the chances are that it will be now. This new 812 Superfast, by way of contrast, is a regular production model, potentially driven by anyone, whatever their mood. So naturally, it gets precisely the same tyre sizes as the F12 TDF, the same rear-steer system, and even more horsepower.
This V12 engine’s block made its debut in the 6.0-litre Enzo of 2002. Since then it has grown in capacity and changed in internals and ancillaries and heads and so on, but the block casting itself remains precisely the same. It reached its maximum bore a while ago, but here, now, stroked out to 6.5 litres, it is as large in capacity as it can possibly be. The V12 is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and because the box is at the back, it gives the 812 the same slight rearward weight bias – about 53 percent – as the F12 had before it.
This new 812 Superfast is presented in Grigio Ferro with Cuoio leather interior. The car sits on 20” Matt silver forged racing wheels complete with carbon fibre wheel centres. The options fitted on this car exceed £60,000 and include adaptive front light system, black brake calipers, carbon inserts for front and rear bumpers, high emotion low emission (HELE), front and rear parking cameras, Daytona style electric seats with memory function, aluminium rev counter, front and rear suspension lift system, passenger display and a navtrak system. In addition this car comes with extra carbon fibre on both the front and rear bumpers, the rear diffuser, tunnel bridge, exterior sill kick plates, dashboard inserts, front spoiler and undercover door.