Ferrari 812 Superfast review


What is?

The most powerful V12 of all. With the rest of a car attached. The rest of the car is good, the 6.5-liter V12 is transcendent. The 812 Superfast is, of course, the replacement for the F12berlinetta launched in 2012. It is a two-seater, front-engine, rear-wheel drive super GT, a design that holds a special place in Ferrari mythology, tracing back to its roots. going through the 599GTB and the 550 Maranello up to the 365 Daytona and the 250 GT.

The 812 is not a total redesign, but rather a complete redesign of the F12. Let’s start with the engine, which has been enlarged from 6.2 to 6.5 liters and is equipped with 350 bar direct injection, variable geometry intakes and a rev range of up to 8,900 rpm. It produces 789 hp at 8,500 rpm and 529 lb-ft at 7,000 rpm. It sucks naturally without forced induction, just sucking, squeezing, tapping, blowing.

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To balance the weight (more than 53% on the rear wheels), the gearbox is mounted on the rear axle, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that now shifts 30% faster. The power steering is now electric, which has allowed Ferrari to equip it with a few tricks: it can communicate with the onboard traction and stability systems and adjust the steering torque in corners. It’s also associated with a new four-wheel steering system (Virtual Short Wheelbase in Ferrari parlance) similar to that of the formidable F12tdf. The brakes are from LaFerrari (supposedly stops the 812 5.8% faster than the F12, which is pretty accurate), drag is reduced, downforce is increased (although Ferrari doesn’t give exact numbers on this issue), and the gear was shortened by 6 percent.

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What’s the verdict?

A rolling national anthem for everything that makes Italy great. It’s up there with the Renaissance and the pizza.

One day, when we all drive electric cars, museums will want to display a single example of the internal combustion engine. So we can look back and remember. It should be this. This throbbing, throbbing, floating, triumphant 6.5-liter V12 is about as far from an electric motor as you can get. Forget museums, you have to reserve a place in heaven for this engine. He deserves to sit on high with God the Father.

Chris Harris, when he first drove the 812 Superfast, wrote: “No one else makes a car like this.” They really don’t. The engine is at the heart of it, but the rest of the car… well, it might be the proudest machine I’ve ever driven, a national anthem to everything that makes Italy great. It’s up there with the Renaissance and the pizza.

Seen from this angle, it’s hard to consider the price-performance ratio, while the flaws fade into the background. Instead, you experience the car, realize what a red triumph it is, and just have to celebrate that someone, somewhere, still thinks a car like this is worth designing and developing, a car like no other.

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