The 2017 Geneva Auto show is still some days away but already photos of the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast have leaked online forcing Ferrari to release photos of the model on its official website. Ferrari can blame attendees of its private events for the leaks as the automaker has already showcased the model to some of its clients prior to its official public debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto show. …If you have not attended one of those private events, Ferrari does not consider you “moneyed” enough to afford their new “baby”. Anyway, Ferrari says it is their fastest production model ever. Read along to find out more:
2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast Exterior
At the front, the 812 Superfast comes with a mesh grille with a black apron. Below the grille lies a new bumper that sports a larger intake. These are flanked by new headlights, which extend towards the nose. The sculpted air intakes on the engine hood also look new unlike the units on the F12. The central intake is gone and the V section that defines Ferrari model’s hood has been reshaped.
On the flanks, the side panels have adopted a radical design. The model’s character line moves towards the side skirts from the door unlike that of the F12 that moves from the door to the engine hood. The scallop of the model is also deeper compared to that of the F12. It is more muscular towards the rear hunches. The quarter window has also been revised. Behind the rear haunches are some new, small vents that give the 812 Superfast an organic look.
The rear stance is as dramatic as the front fascia. The model flaunts a larger spoiler that makes the fascia appear sculpted inside the body. The model also features new taillights in a quad design in place of vintage-looking dual, round units on the F12. The spoiler and the taillights are adopted from the 288 GTO. The bumper is also new and it features floating diffuser elements. To finish off the rear look are larger exhaust pipes on both sides. These units are sculpted and finished with a black trim that gives the model a somewhat unique look from the F12.
The model will be available in a new color in addition to the colors offered on the F12; the new color dubbed Rosso Settanta is purposefully meant to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.
2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast Interior
Inside, the 812 Superfast interior styling is adopted from the F12 Berlinetta. However, the automaker has made a few changes to the model. The changes include a modified center stack. The automaker has gone with two, round-shaped A/C vents in place of the three in the F12 Berlinetta. The automaker has added a new steering wheel and new controls that are placed on the passenger side of the dashboard. The steering wheel has a modified center section that is finished in aluminum. The unit is wider, has revised grips and flat-bottomed. It also has a red contrast stitching. This design is also featured on the center console and the dashboard. The color can, however, be changed from the range of colors available.
The seats are also new. They are sportier, more comfortable and offer enhanced bolstering. The automaker has also revised the instrument cluster and added the latest version of the infotainment system that integrates Apple CarPlay as well as a new air-conditioning system.
Engine and performance
Ferrari has equipped the model with a 6.5 L, naturally aspirated V-12 mill that produces 789 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. The good thing is that 80% of the torque is available at 3500 rpm. These figures mean the model is 20 hp and 11 lb-ft more potent than the F12 tdf making it the most powerful production Ferrari ever. It is also rated at 121 hp per liter, which is also the most a front-engine production model has ever produced.
Although performance figures are not yet out, expect the model to be faster than the F12 Berlinetta. I bet the 812 Superfast will take less than 3 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta needs 3.1 seconds to complete the same run. However, the automaker will likely limit the 812 Superfast top speed at 211 mph just like the Ferrari F12 tdf.
The increase in power is courtesy of a new 350-bar direct injection system, a first for any high-performance engine. The model is also the first Ferrari to use Electric Power Steering (EPS). The model also features the new version of its Side Slip Control (SSC) that makes it easy to handle. The automaker has also hooked up the model with the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system that is used on the F12 tdf. This software enhances handling and reduces vehicle response times.
Price and release date
Ferrari has not announced prices of the 812 Superfast. However, considering it is the most powerful production model to ever wear the black prancing horse logo, expect the812 Superfast to cost an “arm and a leg”. Considering the F12 Berlinetta has a starting price of $325,000, a starting price of around $350,000 is a good guess for the 812 Superfast.
The 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast will go head to head with the latest version of the Lamborghini Aventador S.