Overdrive: 812 Superfast is Ferrari’s most powerful car ever

With a name like 812 Superfast, you can guess that it’s, well, fast. In fact, it is heralded as Ferrari‘s most powerful series production model to leave the marque’s history. For starters, you can reach a top speed of over 340 kph with a 0-97 kph acceleration time of 2.9 seconds, thanks to a 12-cylinder 6.5-litre V12 engine. It promises an exhilarating drive both on the road and track, yet comfortable enough to allow its owners to enjoy it as an all-round experience.

The Ferrari 812 Superfast will make its official debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, but Ferrari has unveiled a plethora of innovative features that you can expect. Just how fast, is “superfast”? It’s all about the numbers – take a look at the car’s engine, vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, and its refreshed interior.

Engine

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The Ferrari 812 Superfast will premiere worldwide at the Geneva Motor Show.

The 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment that unleashes 789hp. As car models move into a turbocharged future, it’s worth noting that the engine is naturally aspirated.

The 812 Superfast’s dual-clutch transmission has specific gear ratios which, combined with shorter up and down-shifting times between gears, sharpen throttle response even further.

Vehicle Dynamics

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Given a whopping 340 kph top speed, the 812 Superfast now features a Side Slip Control for an exhilarating, controlled drive.

With this kind of power, Ferrari added four-wheel steering and a patented Side Slip Control (SCC) to keep the car in control on the road when its in high speed, and makes it that much more thrilling to drive. The vehicle controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) that features a further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.

Styling and Aerodynamics

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Seen in silhouette, the Ferrari 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the 365 GTB4 of 1969.

Rocking a new cherry-red colour that Ferrari calls “Rosso Settanta”, the 812 Superfast’s exterior styling is sleek and aggressive. The vehicle features new LED lights, a striking front grill, dual-circular taillights and also more prominent aerodynamic features. As with all Ferraris, style and aerodynamic function are always working in tandem: for example, the rear flank features an unprecedented aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce. Active aerodynamic flaps are fitted at the front to boost downforce or reduce drag, depending on the scenario.

At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition highlight a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin.

Interior

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The steering wheel features with a new layout designed to make the plethora of buttons and switches easier to navigate.

The interior is classic Ferrari, with premium leather and vibrant red accents, but is also refreshed with a sportier, more radical look. The cabin features sophisticated metals and a horizontal dash looping stylishly around the central air vents. The steering wheel is also noticeably different thanks to the new electric power system developed to work with Ferrari’s SSC. Ferrari has also updated the car with new ergonomic seats, infotainment system and air-conditioning units.

We’re sure there’ll be a waiting list for this uncompromising sports car. Stay tuned as it makes its world premiere in the Geneva International Motor Show on 7th of March 2017.