What is it?
The Ferrari 812 Superfast makes a bit of a mockery of the way we classify the exotic car market. We call it a ‘super GT’ car because it’s got a longways V12 engine up front and a boot at the back, and so it’s cars such as the Aston Martin Vanquish S we compare it with most closely. And, for obvious reasons, we expect it to be primarily fit for the purposes of fast grand touring.
But – like every one of its direct predecessors I’ve ever driven, going back to the 575M – the 812 Superfast doesn’t care to fit in. It has its own agenda, its own reasons for being – and they’re pretty convincing reasons. Because this is Maranello’s most powerful and expensive series-production model; it’s nothing like any other GT car on sale. It feels wide on the road and it's as fast and exciting as any mid-engined supercar you’re ever likely to drive – not to mention more highly strung than many.
Our first drive on Italian roads came in June last year, when the car’s new electric power steering and retuned four-wheel steering system seemed to combine very cleverly to answer the hair-raising dynamic shortcomings of the limited-series F12tdf. Back then, the 812 felt like a more natural-feeling, rounded car to drive even than the F12.
But what about on British roads, in right-hand drive - and on a drizzly, chilly day in March?