HOW FAST IS SUPERFAST?
Unlike many other brands, this Ferrari’s name is 100% literal: the “8” stands for 800 horsepower. The “12” denotes 12 cylinders, arranged in two banks that are positioned in a perfectly balanced 60-degree V. And the “Superfast”? Well, this car’s test numbers speak to that credential.
The Superfast is, in essence, a widely and considerably updated version of the F12. It brings a substantial power hike, as well as some transmission, suspension, aerodynamic and steering revisions to the market for frontengined coupés, which the brand so famously dominated and influenced through its classic machines. The engine is one in a long line of V-12s from Ferrari. In simple terms, this 6.5-liter V-12 is a stroked version of the F12’s engine. But according to the Italian carmaker, it consists of 75% new parts, including a system that continuously varies the intake-number length. Indicated redline is 8900 rpm. The model reaches 100mph in 5.8 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 10.5 at a blistering 138mph. just 7.1 seconds later, the 812 hits 170mph.
It’s incredible how much of that power the rear wheels will cope with. The traction, and the management of it through the stability control, must be praised. Ferrari 812 is a very fast car indeed and the suspension does a brilliant job of delivering stunning control.
Hauling down all that speed are four girthy Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tires and carbon-ceramic brake rotors that wouldn’t looked undersized on a Boeing 737. Stops from 70mph require just 142 feet, what is astonishing for a car that weighs 3851 pounds.
Cabin ergonomics are excellent. All the normal steering-wheel stalk controls are LIFESTYLE LIFESTYLE moved to various buttons on the wheel. The idea is to allow the driver to keep both hands on the wheel all the time. Shuffle steering isn’t necessary. But the carbon steering wheel feels solid and fantastic to hold, and having all the instruments and dials a fingertip away gives the car a very driver-orientated feel.
The company’s commitment to making the fastest and most powerful option within the niches of the sports car market in which it competes has brought us some amazing cars in recent years and the 812 Superfast is another remarkable and visceral one. The design does the magic of packing in a lot of details without making it look busy. Sure, there is a lot going on, but as with any fine art, the details make the whole picture better, after all, this is a Ferrari.