Ital­ian pride takes cen­tre stage

Rotorua Weekender - - Driven -

Afront-en­gined V12 and rear-wheel drive is the purist recipe for a road­go­ing Fer­rari.

In 1949, af­ter nine years of rac­ing on-track, the first Fer­rari road car left the Fio­r­ina fac­tory in Italy with that lay­out, a recipe that’s been ad­hered to right up to 2018. And at Big Boys Toys this year, Fer­rari’s lat­est V12 cre­ation will take cen­tre stage — the 812 Su­per­fast.

Un­veiled for the first time at the Geneva mo­tor show in 2017, the 812 Su­per­fast is the fastest and most pow­er­ful car in Fer­rari’s lineup. Fer­rari is so proud of the model that it will use it again to un­der­pin the newly an­nounced SP1 and SP2 open-top road­sters.

Re­plac­ing the F12 Ber­linetta and hard­core, track-fo­cused F12tdf (Tour de France), the 812

Top: Fer­rari 812 Su­per­fast. Left: the newly an­nounced Fer­rari Monza SP1.

had ush­ered in a new era of V12 Fer­rari power with an im­proved “ex­treme per­for­mance” ver­sion of the F12’s en­gine sit­ting un­der­neath the 812’s long hood.

The 6.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12 now pro­duces 588kw of power at 8500rpm and 718Nm of torque avail­able on tap from 3500 to 7000rpm. As a re­sult, the 812 Su­per­fast is the most pow­er­ful nat­u­rally as­pi­rated pro­duc­tion car en­gine made.

Although the 812 Su­per­fast is tech­ni­cally classed as a Grand Tourer, the en­gine pro­pels the two-seater from 0-100km/h in a su­per­car-sham­ing 2.9 sec­onds and to a top speed of 340km/h.

The 812 that’s set to ap­pear at Big Boys Toys is one of three in New Zealand, but its spec is unique.

The Al­lu­minio Opaco matt grey paint is matched with matt forged rac­ing wheels that were an op­tion on the F12tdf. The unique body colour is paired with a brown leather in­te­rior and op­tional Day­tona rac­ing seats.

Peer in­side the cabin and you’ll no­tice Fer­rari’s in­cred­i­ble steer­ing wheel de­sign that fea­tures ev­ery­thing from in­di­ca­tors, wipers and drive mode switches.

The 812’s body was de­signed in­house by the Fer­rari Styling Cen­tre, fea­tur­ing a fast­back sil­hou­ette and high tail hark­ing back to the 1964 365 GTB4.

The body­work sees a slight re­design front and rear com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, changes that chan­nel more air across the body and into the air in­takes and over ac­tive air flaps to cre­ate down force.

As Fer­rari re­cently an­nounced a bold new busi­ness plan to “sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand its hy­brid pow­er­train of­fer­ings” while launch­ing 15 new mod­els be­fore 2025, it ap­pears the days of nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12 Fer­raris could be com­ing to an end — but the 812 Su­per­fast con­tin­ues to show the heart of Fer­rari is still in­tact, con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the iconic en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tion that’s cen­tral to the Ital­ian com­pany’s her­itage.

Big Boys Toys takes place at ASB Show­grounds in Auck­land from Novem­ber 16-18. Info can be found at big­boys­toys.co.nz

Pho­tos / Matthew Hansen, Dvid Kaver­mann

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