2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast Preview Mar 6, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The latest and fastest Ferrari, the 812 Superfast, is set to make its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. While you are waiting for the big reveal, find out what we know about the fastest Ferrari to date. The average driver probably won’t be able to get behind the wheel, but if you want to dream about what you would do with more than $300,000 your excitement for the Superfast will only grow as you learn more.
Interestingly enough, this model runs on a V12, same as the first Ferrari that debuted almost exactly 70 years before the automaker announced the 812 Superfast. Regardless, we doubt that you will put the full power of the Ferrari 812 Superfast to use unless you have access to a racetrack. This latest model generates 789 horsepower at 8500 rpm coming from a 6.5-liter V12 engine. Doing the math lets us know that this Ferrari weighs just 4.2 pounds per horsepower, unlocking amazing performance. While the torque is capped at 429 pound-feet at 7000 rpm, you should know that only 80 percent of it is available at 3500 rpm. Everything is controlled by a dual-clutch transmission that should have shift times of mere milliseconds.
Electric Power Steering
The 812 Superfast is also the first vehicle from Ferrari that features Electric Power Steering. Clearly, the automaker wanted to get this feature right instead of creating a half-hearted version that might ruin an otherwise amazing vehicle. Rounding out the performance-related features on the 812 Superfast are rear-wheel steering and Side Slip Control. All this power and the range of performance features mean that the 812 Superfast can reach speeds of 211 miles per hour and only takes 2.9 seconds to get up to 60 mph.
Styling to Excite
This upcoming vehicle was designed by the team at the Ferrari Styling Centre. This is not the first Ferrari to wear a Superfast name. The 500 Superfast debuted at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show, but the automaker compares the 812 Superfast to the 1969 365 GTB4 Daytona, one of many vehicles in the long berlinetta heritage. Even so, the 812 Superfast has more curves than the average person expects from a supercar or a berlinetta.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is known for more than just being the fastest Ferrari to date. It will also be the last Ferrari to use a naturally aspirated engine. In the future, Ferrari will focus on creating power plants that deliver the thrills that drivers expect via hybrid assists and turbochargers. As much as we might miss traditional mills, there’s no question that the latest technology can unlock greater performance than ever.