Ferrari reveals the 812 Superfast: V12 successor to the F12 Berlinetta

Ferrari says the proportions mimic the 1969 365 GTB4, although the 812 Superfast isn't as elegant as that classic.

The exterior of the 812 Superfast was created to look racy, but it also was meant to make the auto fast.

Torque delivery has also been improved from the F12 and F12tdf, with max torque found at 7,000 rpm and 80% available from 3,500 rpm.

That should make the 812 Superfast, well, super fast-Ferrari describing the auto as "the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque's history". There are ergonomic seats with an electric power system for the steering wheel.

Ferrari plans to reveal the 812 Superfast at next month's Geneva International Motor Show, but it has revealed some of the car's specs a little early.

It will be powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 that produces 788 horsepower, 516 foot pounds of torque and propels the 812 Superfast to 62 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds.

Such figures are achieved by what Ferrari says is the first 350 bar direct injection system on a high-performance engine, combined with variable geometry intake tracts developed directly from the brand's Formula One racing experience.

The Ferrari 812 Superfast will sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds (exactly the same as the special-edition F12tdf and two-tenths of a second faster than the F12) and has top speed in excess of 211mph (339.5km/h). Mated to this engine is an improved seven-speed dual-clutch automatic box that has been created to provide quicker shifts than ever before and to aid in impeccable throttle response.

The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, resulting in unparalleled handling and roadholding. That kind of power is a recipe for disaster, so Ferrari added four-wheel steering and what it's calling "Side Slip Control" to keep the auto on the road when it hits those high speeds. The Full LED headlights are also new items here, as are the heat extractors beside them, omitting the need for the central extractor as seen on the F12's hood. At the sides, the bold lines of the F12 have been accentuated even further and flow back to an entirely bespoke rear end that includes similar quad taillights to the GTC4 Lusso and an obvious lip spoiler.

The 812 Superfast debuts a new shade of red paint, named Rosso Settanta.
The new supercar marks Maranello's fastest and most powerful production vehicle ever.

  • Arturo Norris