The new bench­mark

Fer­rari’s 812 Su­per­fast will ar­rive in 2018

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

FER­RARI showed off its 812 Su­per­fast at a pri­vate gala event at Scud­e­ria, South Africa’s state-of-the-art show­room in Bryanston. The Su­per­fast is Fer­rari’s most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion car yet.

The pri­vate pre­view of the flag­ship 812 Su­per­fast is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant, as Fer­rari’s noble V12 her­itage has its roots in the found­ing of the com­pany, 70 years ago.

Fer­rari re­mains to this day the only man­u­fac­turer to have con­tin­u­ously pro­duced sports cars with 12-cylin­der en­gines through­out that time.

The first and most dif­fi­cult chal­lenge Fer­rari al­ways faces when it de­cides to de­velop a new model is to push the bound­aries of its own achieve­ments yet again.

This chal­lenge is all the tougher when the task at hand in­volves de­sign­ing a new 12-cylin­der en­gine, the power unit that hailed the start of the glo­ri­ous Prance Horse story 70 years ago in 1947. On that oc­ca­sion, the re­sult of in­ten­sive re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­duced a dis­tinc­tive model that was match­less at the time.

Pow­ered by a new 6.5-litre V12, the 812 Su­per­fast is the bench­mark in the mid-front-en­gined sports car seg­ment, achiev­ing its max­i­mum power out­put at 8 500 rpm. The re­sult en­sures the kind of the thrilling top-end per­for­mance that is the ex­clu­sive char­ac­ter­is­tic of Fer­rari V12s.

Max­i­mum torque is 718Nm at 7 000rpm, a sig­nif­i­cant 80% of which is al­ready avail­able at 3 500rm, im­prov­ing drive­abil­ity and pickup at low revs.

The 812 Su­per­fast thus ush­ers in a new era in Fer­rari 12-cylin­der his­tory, in do­ing so, build­ing on the in­valu­able lega­cies of the F12Ber­linetta and F12tdf.

The 812 Su­per­fast is equipped with lead­ing-edge ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics con­trol sys­tems and com­po­nents. It is strik­ing for both its highly in­no­va­tive de­sign and aero pack­age, as well as its un­par­al­leled han­dling. It is also the first Fer­rari to sport EPS (Elec­tric Power Steer­ing).

Sim­ply put, the 812 Su­per­fast is the new bench­mark for mid-front en­gined sports cars. And its heart is the new 12-cylin­der which has forged its char­ac­ter.

The 812 Su­per­fast is ex­pected to ar­rive in South Africa in the first quar­ter of 2018. — Wheels24.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The new Fer­rari 812 Su­per­fast.

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