2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast
A Nod to Heritage
Unveiled to a waiting world at the Geneva Motor Show of 2017, the Ferrari 812 Superfast was immediately put into context by the manufacturer’s statement that the new car would use neither turbocharger nor hybrid technology on the basis of protecting the heritage of the concept. Which is another way of saying that Ferrari’s big, V12, front-engined hardtop coupes were as much about what they represent, as what they can actually do.
Honoring the 500
In the case of the former, the Superfast had big shoes to fill. As well as being a contemporary replacement for the F12 Berlinetta, the Superfast badge harks right back to the same motor show of 1964 when Ferrari pulled the covers off the 500 Superfast, a five-litre V12, front-engined coupe that, today, is rated as one of the marque’s finest hours.
50 Years in the Making
In terms of actual abilities, however, five-plus decades of development represents a significant boost. Where the 500 Superfast of the sixties produced 294 kW of power, its 2017 cousin, with the help of 6.5 litres of V12, was able to summon up a massive 588 kW; enough, in fact, for Ferrari to proclaim it the most powerful mass-production, normally-aspirated passenger car engine ever produced. And with a 9,000 rpm redline and the ability to accelerate from rest to 200 km/h in under eight seconds, that claim was on pretty safe grounds.
A Real Win
This car is heavily optioned with a suspension lifter, parking camera, Cavallinos stitched into the headrests of the sumptuous tan leather seats, Alcantara rear trim, and a yellow tachometer face to contrast with the sinister black exterior. It has travelled less than 3,000 km and presents as-new.
Features include: Yellow brake callipers, suspension lifter, parking camera, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Grigio Corsa alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, paddle-shifters, Cavallino headrests, special contrast stitching, adaptive dampers, lap timer, selectable drive modes, Alcantara rear wall, dual-zone climate-control.