The new 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast broke cover ahead of its world premiere at this year’s 2017 Geneva motor show.
The new 588kW/718Nm naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12-powered 812 is actually steeped in history.
The 812 Superfast is up 44kW and 28Nm from the 544kW/690Nm 6.3-litre V12-powered F12 Berlinetta – and claims 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, a top speed of more than 340km/h, and is one of the most powerful and fastest road-going volume production Ferraris ever made – it’s the model’s extensive aerodynamic design and package that Ferrari says helps justify the Superfast name.
The 812 features improved aerodynamic coefficients compared with the F12 Berlinetta and F12 TdF, along with unique turning vanes, diffusers, vents, air intakes, ducts, curved front underbody dams, and a taller rear spoiler.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast isn’t the first Ferrari to have a name that’s surprised. Plenty of eyebrows were raised when the 588kW/700Nm 6.3-litre V12 hybrid-assisted LaFerrari made its 2013 Geneva motor show debut, while the Ferrari Enzo, F60America, California and California T, and 575M Superamerica highlight other, more recent examples, of some of Ferrari’s various nomenclature.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast has been unveiled ahead of the car’s in-the-flesh debut at the Geneva motor show .
Launched to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, the 812 Superfast is a major update of the F12 Berlinetta that was released in 2012. Major design changes include all new body panels, LED headlights, and a quad tail-light setup.
Updates to the interior include a new instrument cluster, revised dashboard with updated metal work, a new steering wheel, the company’s latest infotainment system, and streamlined climate controls. There’s a set of redesigned seats that are said to be more ergonomic
The 812 Superfast is powered by what’s believed to be the company’s last ever naturally aspirated V12. With capacity expanded by 200cc, the 6.5-litre engine generates a maximum of 588kW of power at 8500rpm, and 718Nm of torque at 7000rpm.
That’s up 44kW and 28Nm from the 544kW and 690Nm generated by the F12 Berlinetta’s 6.3-litre V12.
The 812 Superfast has a dry weight of 1525kg, and has a a top speed of over 340km/h. It is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, a 0.2 second improvement over the F12 Berlinetta and line-ball with the F12 tdF.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with reduced shift times. The 812 also gains the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 four-wheel steering system, and is the first Ferrari to utilise an electric power steering setup.
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