Make way for the new Ferrari 812 Superfast

Article by Christian A., on February 17, 2017

During the past several days, speculations have come out on the F12berlinetta’s successor. Spy shots with clothed-covered Ferrari have sprouted everywhere including rumors about its specs. Majority of the sources have arrived in the assumption that it will be an 800hp V12 powered Ferrari 12M.

We know that fans have been waiting too long for Ferrari to bring out the F12 Berlinetta’s successor into view. And we’re here to say one thing---the long wait is finally over. Earlier this week, Ferrari took the wraps off the mysterious supercar that has been in and out of its Maranello headquarters.

The supposed 800-hp Ferrari F12 M we thought we knew about now has an official name. It’s called the Ferrari 812 Superfast and it will be coming to Geneva in the next few weeks. Dubbed as the fastest and most powerful Ferrari in history, the new F12 will be powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine without any turbo or hybrid system in use.

Interestingly, it’s been seventy years since the first Ferrari V12 was born. To carry with its tradition in giving the F12s with very distinctive names such as Lusso, LaFerrari and Berlinetta, the Italian marque this time has named it as the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Actually, Ferrari has used the name Superfast between 1964 and 1967 for its 500 Series.

Nevertheless, the 812 Superfast will be the first in its class to come with electromechanical power steering plus the latest driver assistance and safety features or basically whatever today’s technology has to offer. It will possibly have the latest version of Slide Slip Control technology at the very least.

When it comes to its performance, the new Ferrari’s 6.5-liter V12 engine is estimated to blow up to 800 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of powerful torque. With all these power being thrown to the rear wheels, the new 812 Superfast is expected to go from a 0 to 60 mph in under 2.9 seconds. For a moment we almost forgot about the 949 hp LaFerrari hypercar. But then that comes with a hybrid powertrain.

Also, unlike the LaFerrari , which is only offered to their privileged few clients, the new 812 Superfast is more attainable. While a limited run of more or less 100 units is seen to come by. In fact, there have been rumors that the 812 Superfast will be the last Ferrari to come with naturally aspirated engine.

To answer the call for better emissions, the company is said to moving its attention to power plants with hybrid assists and turbochargers right after this. Let’s wait and see.

Press Release

THE FERRARI 812 SUPERFAST: GENEVA WORLD PREMIERE FOR THE NEW, EXTREME PERFORMANCE V12 BERLINETTA

Ferrari has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.

This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year.

The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. It is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range: an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners enjoy it as an all-round experience.

Engine

Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800 cv, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, which translates to a specific power output of 123 cv/l. Figures that no other front-engined production car has ever even come near to delivering and which ensure the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is the exclusive characteristic of Ferrari’s noble V12 heritage.

The engine’s power is underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement.

Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving both driveability and pick-up even at low revs.
These performance levels were achieved in part by adopting a 350 bar direct injection system for the very first time on a high-performance engine and pairing it with variable geometry intake tracts conceptually derived from those of naturally-aspirated F1 engines.

The 812 Superfast’s dual-clutch transmission has specific gear ratios which, combined with shorter up and down-shifting times between gears, sharpen throttle response still further.

Vehicle dynamics

The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, resulting in unparalleled handling and roadholding. It’s the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering) which, in accordance with Ferrari’s uncompromising engineering approach, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance and, through the complete integration with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls – including the latest 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SSC) – make its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit.

The vehicle controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, following the experience gained with the F12tdf, features a further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.

Styling and aerodynamics

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris, underlining the car’s exceptional performance with very sporty lines and proportions.

Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969. The design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by impressively muscular wheelarches which imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasise that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheelarch.

At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin.

As with all Ferraris, style and aerodynamic function are seamlessly integrated to produce innovative solutions and forms. Two examples are the multi-functional frontal section, which incorporates a cluster of aerodynamic solutions including active flaps at the front of the underbody, and the rear flank which features an unprecedented aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce.

The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company’s 70th anniversary.

Interior

The interior of the 812 Superfast has been revisited in line with the more extreme exterior whilst maintaining unaltered the exceptional on-board comfort and space that Ferrari’s front-engined V12 berlinettas have always offered.

The cabin has been given a sportier, more radical look with the main elements seeming to float, creating an effect of both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance. The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural look.

New, more sporty and ergonomic seats feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.

812 Superfast – Technical Specifications

Engine
Type V12 – 65°
Overall displacement 6,496 cc
Maximum power output * 588 kW (800 cv) at 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque * 718 Nm at 7,000 rpm

Weight and dimensions
Length 4,657 mm
Width 1,971 mm
Height 1,276 mm
Dry weight** 1,525 kg
Weight distribution 47-53% front/rear

Performance
Maximum speed >340 Km/h
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions ***
Fuel consumption 14,9 l/100km
Emissions 340g CO2/km

* With 5 cv ram effect
**With lightweight optionals
*** Under homologation. ECE+EUDC with standard HELE system

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