The new benchmark
Ferrari’s 812 Superfast will arrive in 2018
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.
The new Ferrari 812 Superfast.