It is a known fact that naturally aspirated V12 engines are becoming extinct. Car manufacturers have been forced by gas emission regulations to make polar bear friendly engines. Hybrid tech is now becoming popular for supercars such as the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, even Ferrari has followed the trail with the LaFerrari. But we all know Ferrari is different, they will not let their supreme V12 cars die. They shrugged off the regulations and created a masterpiece. The famous Italian brand created the marvellous Ferrari 812 Superfast. It is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary supercars ever made. I’m not sure whether it is a Grand Tourer.
It follows the steps of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta which also had a V12 and I have to say, it is one of the most beautiful Ferrari cars ever made. Now it is Ferrari heritage to simply make a V12 masterpiece and since then they have never seized to fail. None of the turbocharging and hybrid technologies have been implemented on the 812 Superfast.
The design of the 812 is not far from the F12. It has resembled the beauty and improved it enormously. The front of the 812 has been designed to increase downforce. It also shows a not too aggressive look whilst providing a pretty, innocent type-like look with full-LED headlamps. The side is posh with aerodynamic styling and the rear features quad-circular tail lights and a rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips.
The 812 also uses the FR V12 platform which is the engine in the front and rear-wheel drive. Ferrari has stated that it’s difficult to work around this platform but they have used the Ferrari magic and have perfected the chassis control system for the 812 Superfast.
Now the performance. I will not sing my way into the figures like an angel, I will just go straight to the point. The 812 Superfast uses a 6.5-litre Naturally Aspirated V12 engine which produces a significant 789 bhp (588 kW) and 718 N•m of torque. It is one of the most powerful V12 engines ever made. Now that power is channelled through the 7-speed dual-clutch F1 automated manual gearbox, manufactured by Getrag for Ferrari. Now it’s all good news for the 812 Superfast.
The V12 engine can get the 812 Superfast from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and flat-out in can do 340 km/h. Of course it can do that, it’s a Ferrari after all. Not so surprisingly enough is the engine noise. One word, glorious!
The interior keeps the traditional no centre screen like in the F12 Berlinetta. This just frustrates me a little bit but there is more to appreciate in the 812 superfast. Leather upholstery is widely used in the interior with some interior parts covered in carbon fibre. It looks pretty cool and very refined.
The typical Ferrari steering wheel has all the functions on it like turning signal, switch for lights, driving dynamic setting, window wiper switch and the start/stop engine button. All other vehicle information together with the media information are displayed on the split multifunction instrument cluster. The passenger gets his own touchscreen located above the glovebox. The passenger can view vehicle info like the speed and even change music playing in the vehicle, that’s definitely a pretty nice touch… not bad Ferrari.
Obviously I haven’t driven the Ferrari 812 Superfast but from what Matt LeBlanc of Top Gear has said about the 812 is that it drives so well. The throttle response is just immediate and it corners like it’s on rails. The suspension is not that harsh but it’s comfortable enough to soothe you even on a nice cruise.
The Ferrari is available for purchase in South Africa and prices start at R7 090 000. If you are a Ferrari Fan and you have the bang for buck to purchase it, I would say go for it, it’s worth it. Nothing compares to what the 812 Superfast can do.
I really hope that one day I will get to take it for spin at a race track. This could possibly be the last breed of the naturally aspirated V12 range. If so, then this is a legendary Ferrari.