New Ferrari 812 Superfast

The rather literally named car is the most powerful and fastest front-engined Ferrari in history, with a staggering 588kW

Ferrari usually has something fantastic to display at the Geneva motor show, and 2017 is no different. The iconic marque has developed the latest car in its long line of 12-cylinder models. Named the 812 Superfast (acknowledging the Superfast models of the 1950s and ’60s), it’s one of the most powerful and fastest Ferraris the company has ever built. Indeed, it’s the brand’s most-powerful ever front-engined model and is also potentially the last naturally aspirated V12 model without some form of hybrid torque.

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And super fast it is, thanks to a front-mid-mounted 6.5-litre V12 engine producing a colossal 588kW at 8500rpm. The torque figure is similarly enormous – 718Nm at 7000rpm, 80 per cent of which is available from 3500rpm

Thanks to all that power, the 812 Superfast posts some incredible performance figures. Top speed is in excess of 340km/h – and from our experience with the F12, we’d suggest it’s at least 25km/h in excess. The 0-100km/h sprint is dispatched in just 2.9 seconds – just shy of the mid-engined, hybrid LaFerrari.

The power has been achieved thanks to a high-pressure, 350-bar direct fuel injection system. That’s paired with variable intake tracts developed with Ferrari’s F1 expertise. The engine’s power is routed through a dual-clutch gearbox specially designed to sharpen throttle response.

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Despite the front-engined layout, Ferrari promises the 812 Superfast will have handling and roadholding to match its mid-engined siblings. The car includes Ferrari’s Side Slip Control, as well as a system called Virtual Short Wheelbase. It’s developed from the F12tdf’s four-wheel-steering system, and the company says it improves nimbleness and reduces vehicle response times.

Of course, a Ferrari must look as good as it performs, and the 812 Superfast is wrapped in a gorgeous coupe body with a high tail reminiscent of Ferraris of old. Beefy wheelarches and sculpted flanks complete the look, and the whole affair debuts a special new ‘Rosso Settanta’ colour, marking Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.

Inside, the cabin is classic Ferrari, with a sculpted dash, minimalist centre console and the same control-laden steering wheel from past models. The Ferrari 812 Superfast will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month, with the first customer cars arriving in the second half of the year.

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