Ferrari 812 Superfast – the good and the not so good : 2017 Geneva Motor Show Highlights

What sort of Geneva Motor show would it be if Ferrari didn’t showcase one of their beasts? This year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari featured the 812 Superfast, the replacement to the F12 Berlinetta.

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Superfast – bit of a quirky name by Ferrari but I guess it cuts right to the point because this car is indeed rapid. Because this is quite simply, Ferrari’s fastest ever naturally aspirated sports car.

The figures are very impressive..

If you thought the power in the F12tdf was impressive, Ferrari have only gone and upped the power for the 812 Superfast. This car hosts a 6.5 liter V12 front-mid-mounted engine producing a stunning 789 BHP that’s available fully at 8500 RPM. The torque figures are just as impressive given the max torque is 718 Nm at 7000 RPM. I’m moist, already.

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To give you an idea of how remarkable these power figures are – these figures match the hypercar LaFerrari stats. And that’s without any hybrid aid!

Like with the F12, power is fed to the rear wheels via a revised dual clutch transmission. It’s attained using a high pressure, direct injection system featuring air intakes straight out of Ferrari F1 engineering talent.

What all of this means is that the Ferrari 812 Superfast shoots off from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds and keeps going to reach a top speed in excess of 211 mph. 

So, is the Superfast any fast? Yes, it is super fast.

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With the 812 Superfast, Ferrari have introduced an electronic power steering setup, moving away from the electro-hydraulic steering in previous Ferraris. The 812 also features Side Slip Control as well as a four-wheel steering system known as the Virtual Short Wheelbase, which is expected to improve handling in the corners without having to forgo high speed stability.

However..

Can we just talk about the styling? Because I’m not a fan of it. We know that the 812 Superfast has been designed in-house by Ferrari, and not by Pininfarina.

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The common man might look at that and say “That’s gorgeous, what’s your problem?”. It is a good looking car yes, but personally I’m not a fan of the Corvette-esque direction Ferrari seem to be taking.

It looks too much like a C7 Corvette to me. Now, I’m not saying the C7 Corvette is a bad looking car, of course not. But if I’m paying a quarter of a million pounds approx (Price TBC) for my spankin’ new Ferrari, I’d be disappointed if it reminded me of a Corvette.

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In conclusion..

I love the Ferrari 812 Superfast. The engine is absolute madness, performance seems incredible, but I’m not a big fan of the styling and I expect better from Ferrari if they’re not going to Pininfarina for it.

– Aditya Bhat.

 

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  1. Also look at J50 styling … Absolutely stunning !

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