Ferrari 812 Superfast: the 5 keys of the last V12 maximum power of Maranello

Ferrari presented the 812 Superfast as the direct successor to the F12 Berlinetta, its model is more sporty within the segment Gran Turismo and successor of a long lineage of sports mythical, which sinks its roots in the early models of street brand, born ago for close to seven decades.

812 Superfast is the perfect example of what in Maranello understand how to update, a model as modified at the level of both technical and aesthetic, which is basically a new model, and that in fact, receives a new name.

This same treatment is given to all its models, and the update is so profound that they rarely used the words restyling or facelift to refer to them. At the end of their life cycle in Maranello more than renew, re-draw the model, and in many cases in depth, much more than what may seem to the naked eye.


it Promises new levels of performance.

Such was the case of the series Model, which had 3 iterations and remained in the market since its introduction in 1984 until the arrival in 1996 the 550 Maranello. And although at a glance may seem light performances of the brand in the aesthetic plane, it is certain that both the 512 TR as the post-F512M modified seriously the technical scheme original, trying to solve the biggest problem of the Testarossa original, its high centre of mass caused by the height to which he had been installed the engine of twelve cylinders flat.

In the case of the 812, though it does not yet know all its details, we find ourselves with various features that stand out above the rest of the news model,

1. The largest engine in the history of the brand

One of the greatest peculiarities of the 812 Superfast V12 6.5-liter. This is the latest evolution of the family of engines F140, which was born in 2002 with the V12 of 6.0 liters Type F140B that premiered the Ferrari Enzo. After this, we find numerous developments under the hood of various models of the brand, from the 599 GTB to the Ferrari FXX K, and even in the Maserati Birdcage concept and MC12, both in its version of street racing.


the latest evolution of The V12 to 65 degrees the maximum power of the brand.

In total, they have been more than 15 models that have been used an evolution of the V12 Type F140B, including the LaFerrari, but never with a displacement as high as the variant that mounts the 812, 6.5 liters in place of the 6.3 common.

This is therefore the engine of more displacement that has mounted a Ferrari production history. Always take into account that is not the largest engine that has made Ferrari, since that honor belongs to the Ferrari 712 Can Am of competition, a sport that had a V12 atmospheric 6,860 cubic centimeters, hence the name, 7 litres and twelve cylinders.

2. Last V12 maximum torque

This engine probably is the swan song of the traditional V12 atmospheric signature, without the aid of any kind. There are already 3 models supercharged in the catalog of the brand and the LaFerrari had a hybrid system, supplementing the 800 horses from the engine – the same power of the 812 – with an electric motor of 163 HP.


Its 800 horsepower matched with a beast like the FXX.

Unfortunately, for reasons of weight and emissions, the successor of the 812 Superfast more than you probably have any of these solutions, so that we can consider to 812 as the last Ferrari produced with the original recipe, premiered with the first V12 “Colombo” which used the 125 S of 1947, precisely now 70 years old.

3. New style Ferrari

To persevere with the trend of the Italian brand do not have the historical service of Pininfarina, and leave the task of design to the Centre Stile of the own firm of Maranello, we find that the books of history will see this era as the end of the traditional relationship between the two companies, sealed decades ago by Battista “Pinin” Farina and the Commendatore.

The style of the models signed by the Centro Stile is clear, lines are very marked in contrast with the usual fluidity of the strokes of the coachbuilder from turin, and many details of style throughout the body, instead of the purity of the lines which characterize all the works of Pininfarina.


the hand of The Center Stile can be seen in the silhouette of the 812 Superfast.

In this regard, many purists will take the hands to the head, but in the “new Ferrari” are the numbers of the sales department the powers-that-be, and the true competition will not be in the circuit but in international markets. Hence, we will witness the birth of models like the 812 Superfast, very aggressive and spectacular, that won’t make trend as their predecessors and that is probably not age so well as these.

4. The electronics takes command

812 Superfast is the latest evolution of the advanced dynamic control systems of the brand. This will be the first Ferrari to debut the system EPS or Electric Power Steering, which will act in coordination with version 5.0 of the system of non-slip SSC mark and the PCV, acronym of Virtual Short Wheelbase, which already shows in its second evolution.

All of these systems are the real brain is behind the wheel of a 812, controlling by sensors behavior at all times on the vehicle, to try to squeeze every last drop of the performance of the model.


Dashboard model.

depending On the driving mode chosen and the intended use of the user, these systems will not only allow to maximize the performance of the model on the asphalt, but it is also more comfortable and simple to use.

5. Name mythical

finally, the appellation employed by the model is another nod of the brand to its extensive legacy. Superfast is a name that Ferrari has never used them from arbitration, this belonged to the highest model of the range and radical from the Series America, models designed for the north american market.

In the case 500 Superfast, we speak of a model of 1964 had a V12 5.0 l engine fed by Weber carburetors that were already there in 1964 with 405 HP (400 hp). This figure of power was not matched by a Ferrari street until 20 years later, with the presentation of the Ferrari 288 GTO of 1984, and by a Ferrari, the maximum power until 1991, with the arrival of the second iteration of the Testarossa, the 512 TR 434 HP (428 hp).