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This ‘special’ 812 Superfast is Ferrari's highest revving road car
The Ferrari With No Name gets a near-820bhp V12 and revs to 9,500rpm. Hell yeah
We don’t yet know what this new iteration of Ferrari 812 Superfast will be called, so let us temporarily christen it the Ferrari 812 ReallyVerySuperfast. Principally because underneath that new bonnet sits the most powerful road-going Ferrari engine ever built.
The ‘regular’ 812’s 6.5-litre V12 – also known as A Masterpiece – has had many of its components tweaked. There’s new valve-timing, a new exhaust, and the use of “state-of-the-art” materials.
This has allowed the liberation of yet more horsepower. The 812 Superfast produces 789bhp. This 812 ReallyVerySuperfast produces 819bhp, a 30bhp jump, and will rev out to 9,500rpm – also the highest any Ferrari road-engine has ever revved to. So high, one suspects it’ll alter your very DNA, possibly even grant you superpowers.
Moving on. Ferrari assures us it’s more than just an engine-car: it’s lighter, features independent steering on all four wheels, and debuts version 7.0 of Ferrari’s Side Slip Control hero mechanism – sorry, ‘vehicle dynamics’ system.
The entire body has been carefully examined and subtly redesigned for better aero performance and more downforce. Changes include new front air intakes, a new carbon-fibre ‘blade’ slashed across the bonnet (so it looks shorter, and makes the car look wider), a triplet of vents/slashes on the rear arches, and a new rear diffuser and exhaust setup.
Ferrari has also swapped out the rear windscreen for a single-piece of aluminium, featuring everyone’s favourite party guests, vortex generators! Yes, they improve the aero efficiency, but more importantly just look really, really cool. They sit just ahead of a new rear spoiler that stands higher and prouder than before. Inside remains broadly the same, save for a new lighter door panel and ‘H-gate theme’ on the tunnel, though a paddleshift ‘box remains.
“The new model is the ultimate expression of Ferrari’s concept of an extreme front-engined berlinetta,” explains Ferrari, “honing the characteristics of the critically-acclaimed 812 Superfast to a level never seen before.”
The Ferrari 812 ReallyVerySuperfast will be built in limited numbers, naturally, and we’ll get the full debrief next month. In the meantime, have a read of our 812 Superfast review, here.