According to its creators the new model is aimed at customers demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range. It also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the first official Ferrari in 1947, that like the new car had a 12-cylinder engine.
Ferrari describes the 812 Superfast as “an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners enjoy it as an all-round experience.”
Effectively it is a major update of the F12 Berlinetta, with a larger 6.5-litre V12 engine. This puts out 800hp, delivered at 8,500rpm, and 718Nm of torque at 7,000rpm though with 80 per cent available from just 3,500rpm. Such figures outperform the previous most potent Ferrari, the F12tdf, by 20hp and 13Nm.
Such figures are achieved by what Ferrari says is the first 350 bar direct injection system on a high-performance engine, combined with variable geometry intake tracts developed directly from the brand’s Formula One racing experience.
Paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the unit makes the Ferrari 812 Superfast the most powerful front-engined car ever – it will cover the 0-62mph sprint in 2.9 seconds, and go on to a maximum speed of 211mph. Combined cycle fuel economy is quoted at 19mpg with CO2 emissions of 340g/km.
Industry observers also believe that this engine will be the last traditional 12-cylinder unit from Ferrari with future units using turbos or hybrid assistance.
The 812 Superfast also features the first electric power steering system ever fitted to a Ferrari. This is fully integrated into the car’s electronic systems, including the latest version of the Slide Slip Control system that aids handling.
Ferrari describes the 812 Superfast as a new take on the styling of its front-engined models. The two-door car has a fastback style with a high tail which is made to look shorter by the design of the sides, including bold wheel arches.
Inside the cabin has been redesigned to give a more sporty appearance.
Even the red exterior colour is new, dubbed Rosso Settanta and created to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary.
Order books for the Ferrari 812 Superfast will open as it makes its debut in Geneva on 7th March. Pricing has not yet been stated but is expected to be more than the £241,000 of the F12 Berlinetta.