Ferrari 812 Superfast 2019 - A super GT Coupe with super performance
Ferrari has released its latest V12 speed machine, and it's a real gem! It features one of the best engines to come out of the Maranello factory in recent years. The 812 Superfast replaces the outgoing F12 Berlinetta. It maintains many of its previous characteristics but has been updated and enhanced. The 812 is a rear-wheel drive, front-engined, two-seat GT Coupe supercar.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari to be fitted with electric power steering (EPS). This reduces fuel consumption and does not impact on the power output as a hydraulic system would. The new system allows Ferrari to integrate extra driver aids such as Ferrari Power Oversteer and Ferrari Peak Performance. The new electric power steering also links to a new four-wheel-steering system which Ferrari calls "Virtual Short Wheelbase" system 2.0 (Passo Corto Virtuale). This increases the stability of the 812 Superfast, especially during high-speed cornering, as well as making it more responsive.
The 812 Superfast will be competing with several powerhouse rivals such as the Lamborghini Aventador S and the McLaren 720s. They will want to see which is the best GT Coupe, a tough task but Ferrari has certainly not shied away from the challenge. The 812 Superfast is available as a straight two-door Coupe (Berlinetta) or as a two-door hardtop convertible (GTS).
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Engine, Power and Performance
The Ferrari 812 Superfast features a 6.5-litre V12 naturally aspirated engine, which develops 789hp and 705Nm of torque. The 812 will get from 0-62mph in just 2.9secs and more amazingly 0-100mph in 5.8secs. If you are brave enough and have enough space, the 812 Superfast will cruise past 200mph and climb to a top speed of 211mph.
The 812 was the most powerful production car Ferrari had ever made, until the recent release of the new Ferrari SF90 Stradale. The 812 Superfast is still currently the most powerful naturally aspirated production car available.
A superb seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is mounted on the rear axle, helps get maximum power to the wheels as quickly as possible, with smooth and instant gear changes. The transmission works equally as well in full-automatic mode or if you opt to use the flappy paddles either side of the steering wheel, mounted to the steering column.
Ferrari has fitted the 812 with carbon-ceramic brakes as standard. These are a welcome feature, given the amount of power generated by the V12 monster under the bonnet. Traction and stability control, along with the electronic differential and rear-wheel steering, are all adjustable via the steering wheel-mounted manettino switch dial, with different driving modes such as Wet, Sport, Race, CT Off and ESC Off.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Ferrari 812 Superfast is pretty much what you would expect and similar to the previous F12 model. The dashboard and display instruments are all angled and aimed towards the driver and all within easy reach. Instead of having one large screen to support the infotainment system, Ferrari has opted for two smaller screens, which sit either side of the large centre rev counter. Having the two colour instrument displays, either side of the analogue rev counter, seated behind the steering wheel, is perfect and helps the driver concentrate on the task in hand.
Each 812 Superfast comes with Sat-Nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio as standard, along with surprisingly comfortable and soft sports seats, which have a wide range of adjustability. You also get front and rear parking sensors as standard, which is certainly needed given the length and width of the Ferrari 812. Unfortunately, you do not get Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring as standard, for this pleasure you will have to fork out over £2000.
There are many optional extras available for the Ferrari so you can design the car to your liking. Some of these extras include; carbon fibre racing seats and harnesses, carbon steering wheel and an 8.8-inch passenger display, which allows the driver to delegate the control of the audio system to the passenger.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a two-seater; therefore, there is only room for two occupants, but there is no shortage of space. The standard sports seats will support most adults with ease. Even 6ft+ occupants will still find they have plenty of headroom and legroom, as well as plenty of space, so you're not rubbing shoulders. Getting in and out of the Ferrari can take a little practice to find the most dignified method, due to the low driving position, but this is the same in most sports supercars of this ilk.
There are various small cubbies throughout the cabin, including a couple of small door pockets and a cubby under the central armrest. The boot is fairly generous for this type of car, with a capacity of at least 320-litres depending on how you spec your 812. The square shape of the boot makes it even more practical when loading bags or weekend luggage. There is a small parcel shelf set behind the seats, where coats or other lightweight belongings can be stored.
The 812 Superfast is not subject to the Euro NCAP safety tests. The F1-style driver aids and technology throughout the Ferrari, make this as safe a car as it can be, given its vast amount of power. You do get multiple airbags and cruise control as standard, along with tyre pressure monitoring, an alarm and a tracking system.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is very expensive with a starting price of over £250K. For most potential buyers who will want to add various extras, will see prices quickly soar above £300K. Yes, this is more than the McLaren 720S and the equivalent Aston Martin, but going on past history of the V12 Ferrari's, the 812 Superfast should prove to be a sound investment and in the years to come, be worth much much more.