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Geneva: Ferrari 812 Superfast

Sherri Watson | 17 February, 2017, 01:33

The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 under the hood now produces a scarcely believable 789 hp (588 kW) at 8,500 rpm, up from the 740 hp (552 kW) in the old auto thanks (in part) to 350 bar variable direct injection and Formula 1-derived variable geometry intact tracts. Maximum torque doesn't come until 7,000 rpm, but to ensure maximum driveability, Ferrari said 80 percent of that is available at 3,500 rpm.

Modifications assisting enhance power are likewise courtesy of 350-bar fuel injection and variable geometry intake systems. It's called the 812 Superfast, and it's nearly certainly going to be the last Ferrari powered by just a naturally aspirated engine. It is the first Ferrari to use such a system. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic sports new gear ratios and quicker shifting times. This is the first Ferrari to use the firm's new electronic power steering setup, so steering feel could be quite different to the hydraulic steering of the F12. Arguably less elegant than the F12 Berlinetta, the Superfast dials up the aggression to an appropriate degree.

A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox helps direct the power towards the rear axle, while the rear wheels also direct the auto using the company's second-generation virtual short wheelbase steering system. The twenty extra horses over the already insane F12tdf propels it to 60mph in 2.9 seconds, and the Superfast will only stop accelerating around 212mph.

As expected, the Ferrari 812 Superfast comes equipped with Ferrai's four-wheel steering system called Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV).

The vehicle was designed in-house by Ferrari, and its high-tail look is said to echo the 365 GTB4 of 1969. LED headlights characterise the front while redesigned fender air intakes integrate with the wheel arch. The car's looks are a clear evolution of V12 Berlinetta format - a long bonnet hiding the V12 combined with a stubbier fastback coupe rear end with floating aerodynamic buttresses. The Ferrari 812 Superfast is launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company's 70th anniversary. New seats feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.

If you're in Europe next month, you can witness the global debut of the 812 Superfast at the Geneva Motor Show from March 9-19.