The Ferrari 812 Superfast: Hyper GT

Ah, the Ferrari F12. For years, it has been the flagship of the “standard” Ferrari lineup; a shining example of how to build a car. A gorgeous design, a wonderful engine, an exquisite interior, the F12 Berlinetta had it all. It could happily travel long distances in comfort and, at the flick of the Manettino switch, unleash its 730 horsepower up a twisting alpine road. When it came time to replace the F12, Maranello’s finest had a hell of a job to do. They’ve now revealed the new V12 grand tourer to the world: this is the Ferrari 812 Superfast.

The 812 is powered by a similar engine to the F12 Berlinetta, although it has been increased in size from 6.3 to 6.5 liters. The naturally-aspirated V12 now cranks out a whopping 789 horsepower and 530 ft lb. This makes it Ferrari's most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever. Of course, the engine’s fury is sent to the rear wheels through Ferrari’s 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission, resulting in a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed over over 211 miles per hour. So, like its name, the car is super-fast.

Speaking of its name, before I get on to the rest of the details, I’d like to address a point that came to my attention prior to writing this piece. Across the internet, all over social media and other automotive sites, people are bashing the car’s name. Comments about its “stupidity,” “immaturity,” and how Ferrari’s “running out of naming ideas.” Most people do not seem to understand that the Superfast moniker actually has history with the Ferrari brand that dates back quite a bit. Just as the F12 TDF’s name was a reference back to the old 250 Tour de France, the 812 Superfast pays homage to the 500 Superfast. That car was first revealed at Geneva back in 1964, and was a front-engined V12 grand tourer, just as the 812 is today. It’s a shame that even some professional journalists have not recognized the historical significance of this “silly” name. Anyways, back to the modern car.

The 812 has received a number of styling modifications to bring it in line with Ferrari’s new design language. While not as pretty as the F12 Berlinetta, the Superfast has a real sense of aggression lurking in its curves. From the gaping, carbon fiber-filled front grille to the angular rear end, the car looks hunkered down and purposeful. New wheels, headlights, quad tail lights, and revised front-fender curves are some of the highlights to distinguish this car from the outgoing model. Like the hardcore F12 TDF, the 812 will benefit from technology such as rear-wheel steering and subtle active aerodynamics. Prices will likely start in the upper $300,000 region, and deliveries will begin later this year. For more on the highlights of this year’s Geneva Motor Show, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.