Ferrari just unveiled its most powerful production auto ever

Yolanda Curtis
March 18, 2017

The Geneva Motor Show wouldn't be the same if Ferrari wasn't showing off a new model - enter the 812 Superfast.

In terms of power, the replacement for the F12berlinetta and F12tdf gets a new 6.5 litre naturally-aspirated V12 that provides 800 PS (789 hp) at 8,500 rpm and 718 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The V12 remains mid-front mounted giving it a unique place in the market, quite apart from other luxury GT cars. The automaker also claims a 0-62 miles per hour time of 2.9 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than the F12 Berlinetta and about equal to the F12 tdf) and a top speed of 211 miles per hour. This was made possible after Ferrari used a 350-bar direct injection system for the first time on a high performance engine. Aside from the drivetrain, the car's dry weight of just 1,525 kg certainly contributes to these performance figures, distributed following a 47:53 front/rear ratio. What's more, the Virtual Short Wheelbase system that enables the rear wheels to aid in steering, has been updated from the F12tdf and is said to improve nimbleness and increase the model's agility further. It is being launched in a special new color of Rosso Settanta to mark the company's 70th anniversary while it is being marked as the most powerful and fastest series production Ferrari in the company's history.

As with all Ferraris, style and aerodynamic function are seamlessly integrated to produce innovative solutions and forms. It is a classic front-engine V12 shape which apparently attempts to invoke the design of the 1969 365 GTB4.

The interior design remains similar to the tdf with some stylistic changes including eschewing the Alcantara and carbon-fibre highlights in the old model for more prolific use of leather throughout the cabin, as well as a restyled centre console and dashboard.

Last year, Ferrari told investors and the press that it is developing a common hybrid architecture for its vehicles and that the successor to the front-engined V12 supercar-due in 2020-will be a hybrid. The dash loops around the central air vents for a fresh look.

New, more sporty and ergonomic seats feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning units.

What do we think? Ferrari still can't seem to get the nomenclature right though...

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