Ferrari 812 Superfast: the new F12 rolls into Geneva

However, we all have plenty of time to let the nameplate of the GT grow on us until Ferrari marks the official debut of the 812 Superfast at next month's Geneva Motor Show. Not only does that make it 60bhp more powerful than the F12's 6.3-litre engine, it is Ferrari's most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever. The new front fascia and the C-pillar both integrate thin air flow elements, created to help the fluid medium stream around the 812 Superfast at high speed.

Ferrari says the 812 is for clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range, describing it as "an uncompromising sports car" that delivers "exhilarating driving" both on the road and track. The top speed is said to be in excess of 211mph. It develops 789bhp at 8,500rpm and 530Ib ft of torque at 7,000rpm. In theory that could be 240mph or 212mph - there is only one way to really find out and it involves a very long runway or the German Autobahn.

The latest iteration of Ferrari's flagship powertrain has been expanded to 6.5 liters and for the first time ever, a 350-bar direct injection system has been added - something never before done on a high performance rather than a high efficiency engine. Yeah, we have no idea what that means beyond "more power", but we do know it is a Formula One-derived concept. What it does is steer all four wheels, improving stability, responsiveness and turn-in, so you can get around bends even faster.

As expected, the Ferrari 812 Superfast comes equipped with Ferrai's four-wheel steering system called Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV).

From a styling perspective, the 812 Superfast is more of an evolution than the F12 than we expected.

Ferrari will be showcasing the vehicle at the Geneva motor show from March 7 in a special Rosso Settanta red which helps celebrate the company's 70th anniversary.

The cabin remains quite similar to the F12 but has a slightly more radical look with new dashboard elements and a distinctive steering wheel. The air-conditioning system has also been updated to help keep you cool, which is exactly what you want with a fire-breathing V12 just ahead of you. These figures are identical to the F12tdf, despite the 812 Superfast's 110kg heavier dry weight of 1525kg.

  • Arturo Norris