With a larger engine and more power than the F12tdf, the 812 Superfast is Ferrari’s final pure V12 model; on show at the Geneva motor show

The Ferrari 812 Superfast has been revealed as the most powerful series production model to leave Maranello in the company’s 70-year history.

The two-door model is essentially a significantly upgraded version of the F12 Berlinetta but it uses a larger, naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine and introduces new chassis technology to the range.

The car’s unit is 234cc larger than that of the F12 and it produces 789bhp at 8500rpm and 530lb ft of torque at 7000rpm. This trumps even the hardcore F12tdf, which offered a maximum of 770bhp and 520lb ft of torque.

It is officially the most potent front-mounted engine fitted to a production car and is expected to be the marque’s final pure V12 engine, with hybrid assistance or turbocharged expected in its successor.

Paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and driving the rear wheels, the powertrain is capable of accelerating the 812 Superfast from 0-62mph in 2.9sec and onto a top speed of more than 211mph. These figures are identical to the F12tdf, despite the 812 Superfast’s 110kg heavier dry weight of 1525kg.

Another significant change in the 812 Superfast is the addition of electric power steering. It is the first Ferrari to use such a system, and has been developed to work with Ferrari’s Slide Slip Control technology, which has proven to enhance agility in other models such as the 488 GTB.

Also new is the second generation of Virtual Short Wheelbase. An evolution of the first-gen system used on the F12tdf, it sharpens the car’s handling to give quicker steering response times.

The 812 Superfast’s exterior design is more aggressive than the F12, with new LED lights, a new grille and more prominent aerodynamic features the most noticeable changes. Active aerodynamic flaps are fitted at front to boost downforce or reduce drag, depending on the scenario. Inside, the car gets a more angular dash with an updated instrument cluster display.

The car has made its public debut at the Geneva motor show, and is on sale now.

Pricing is expected to increase slightly from the F12, which starts at £241,073.

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16 February 2017
Wow! Ugly from just about every angle... This endless pursuit of aero efficiently is ridiculous for road cars. Give me an updated Daytona look with the same mechanicals any day. Sure it might me a couple of seconds slower round the 'ring but it will look 1000 times better. This looks like a Crimewatch photofit of panels from different cars. The angle of the creases in the door are just wrong and rise far too sharply and the rear shoulders and above look very odd and that rear window... Shocking.

16 February 2017
You must be a lada fan

16 February 2017
[quote=jmd67]Wow! Ugly from just about every angle... This endless pursuit of aero efficiently is ridiculous for road cars. Give me an updated Daytona look with the same mechanicals any day. Sure it might me a couple of seconds slower round the 'ring but it will look 1000 times better. This looks like a Crimewatch photofit of panels from different cars. The angle of the creases in the door are just wrong and rise far too sharply and the rear shoulders and above look very odd and that rear window... Shocking.[/quote] Well then change its color to Nero Nemesis, and look at it again. If it does little to change your perception, then get Ferrari custom workshop tailor the styling to your satisfaction... at a price :)

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16 February 2017
Yes, another surpassingly ugly Ferrari, and the interior remains a mess. The whole car is made up of poorly coordinated parts. Can Italy really not produce decent designers anymore?

16 February 2017
Seriously? That's the best name they could think off?

16 February 2017
[quote=Mikey C]That's the best name they could think off?[/quote] It's a reference to the 500 Superfast from the 400/500 series from the 1950s-60s.

16 February 2017
Ferrari don't do things by halves when it comes to power increases for their all new or revised series production models since the 360 evolved in to the F430. In fact the only thing that surprises me about the 812 is that Ferrari didn't just round up the power to 800bhp. Still, I'm sure the all new replacement for this will probably have somewhere near 900bhp...

16 February 2017
It seems only Aston Martin are capable of producing a great looking super GT as it were during the past 20 years or so with the Vanquishes and DBS. Especially when you see what Ferrari have been churning out with the 550/575, 599, F12 and now this none of which, while striking, can be considered elegant. And there was the awful looking Mercedes SLR which just looked a mess and oddly proportioned.

16 February 2017
"The Ferrari 812 Superfast has been revealed as the most powerful series production model to leave Maranello in the company’s 70-year history." This is such a meaningless statement. Of course its the most powerful model as its also the latest model. Revelation: Engine power is increasing over time. This is like saying a the new Intel processor is the fastest in the companies 48 year history. Such clickbait!

16 February 2017
"It is officially the most potent front-mounted engine fitted to a production car and is expected to be the marque’s final pure V12 engine, with hybrid assistance or turbocharged expected in its predecessor" That would be 'successor', rather than 'predecessor', I presume - unless it's some kind of time machine..?

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