2017 Geneva: Ferrari 812 Superfast reveals massive power at 800 cv

Article by Christian A., on March 9, 2017

Ferrari has long been known to develop and release excellent models with each being better than the last. As such, creating a new model was not only a challenge for the brand but was a difficult one as well. Making it even more demanding is the fact that Ferrari would also need to come up with a new 12-cylinder engine, the same engine type that started its story back in 1947.

To make this a reality, Ferrari built on its engineering knowledge that was derived mainly from racing with the hopes of building a model that would set new standards in terms of performance while being able to provide one of the best driving experiences. The brand also wanted it to offer comfort especially on long trips.

The result of all this is the 812 Superfast, which is safe to say, has been creating new standards when it comes to mid-front-engined sports cars. As expected, its most defining characteristic is the 12-cylinder unit.

The output of the engine, when compared to the F12berlinetta, is higher by 60 CV. This means that 812 Superfast is able to deliver 800 CV, making it possibly one of the fastest road-going versions to come from the brand. Thus, it not only signals the beginning of a new period in the history of the 120cylinder but also honors the legacies of both the F12tdf and the F12berlinetta.

Aside from the 800 cv (588 kW) output, the 12-cylinder engine shows a peak torque of 718 Nm and available at 7,000 rpm. With these, maximum speed is measured to be 340 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h attained in 2.9 seconds. Acceleration from standstill to 200 km/h takes only 7.9 seconds.

To get this result, the engineering team first set the objective that the power should be more than what the F12berlinetta could offer. The team decided to focus on improving the efficiency of the combustion and optimizing the intake system. By increasing the amount of air that could be channeled to the engine, the efficiency could be increased. The team also optimized the design of the engine by putting in a number of innovations.

An example was utilizing a 350-bar direct injection system on a spark-ignition engine, something that has never been done before. Then there is the control system introduced for the vehicle’s variable geometry inlet tracts. These are just some of the things the engineering team did but it is clear that the result was more than satisfactory.

Overall, the 812 Superfast meets all our expectations from the brand; the least of which is to offer excellent performance on both the track and the road while ensuring exceptional ride comfort especially when going on long trips. According to Ferrari, this model is for customers who want utmost power and exclusivity.

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