After much anticipation and speculation, the all-new Ferrari 812 Superfast, the successor to the Ferrari F12, has made its debut ahead of the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show early next month.
Even if you think the 812 Superfast’s name is a bit juvenile, you ought to take its title seriously. Under the hood is the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 ever realized by the engineers in Maranello – a 6.5-liter unit that makes 789 horsepower at 8,500 RPM and 530 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 RPM. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, making for a 0-62 mph sprint of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of over 211 mph.
Helping drivers to get the most of all that performance will be numerous electronic aides including Ferrari’s first-ever implementation of Electric Power Streering. The automaker says the electric steering rack is designed to work with the other systems in the vehicle, such as the latest version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Control drift-assist and Virutal Shortwheelbase rear-wheel steering system. The Virtual Shortwheelbase system has also been improved over the version that debuted in the limited-edition F12 TdF for sharper handling.
The 812 Superfast’s cabin appears similar though not identical to other recently introduced Ferraris such as the GTC4Lusso and GTC4Lusso T. The automaker’s smaller, flat-bottom steering wheel has been used and is joined by other new features such as floating dashboard elements and an all-new LED gauge cluster. There’s also new seats that are sportier and more ergonomic than those found in the F12.
Pricing for the 812 Superfast has yet to be announced, but considering this will be the last naturally-aspirated V12 Ferrari of all-time, we’re thinking it won’t come cheap. We’re also expecting demand to be high even compared to other Ferraris, so those feeling the want for Ferrari’s latest Berlinietta will likely have to get in line. A long one.