Ferrari’s been pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 70th birthday in 2017. First came the 70th Anniversary cars (350 in total, in 70 distinct liveries), then came the Japan-only J50 (only 10 will be built), and now we have the marque’s newest regular-production model: the 812 Superfast.
Although the name sounds a bit awkward today, “Superfast” is rooted in Maranello’s history. Back in the mid-1960s, Ferrari built just 37 examples of the 500 Superfast, an ultra-exclusive V12-powered luxury GT aimed at royalty, captains of industry, movie stars…those sorts of folks.
The 812 version isn’t so exclusive, and is more a sports car than a GT, but it’s certainly no less impressive. For example, while we’re not exactly sure what “812” denotes, we suspect it’s a contraction of the 6.5-liter engine’s 800 (!) horsepower and 12 cylinders. That astonishing output helps the car hit 62 mph in only 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed around 211 mph.
Compared to its F12berlinetta predecessor, the Superfast introduces the rear-wheel steering first seen on the F12tdf, the latest version of Side Slip Control, and, in a Ferrari first, electric power steering. The car’s bodywork has also been extensively revised, from its mesh grille to its 599-inspired C-pillar air intakes to its quad-taillight rear end.
The 812 Superfast debuts at the Geneva Auto Show in mid-March. Stay tuned for our first drive!