Ferrari 812 Superfast Is So Quick The Rear Window Will Fall Out

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Good old Italian build quality at its finest.

The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a technological marvel and fitting halo model for the supercar brand, employing a 789-horsepower, 6.5-liter V12 engine up front, a dual-clutch gearbox in the middle, and rear-wheel-drive to create one of the most evocatively-styled and hardcore performing super-GTs around. But while it sounds glorious, looks mesmerizing, and goes like a bat out of hell, it turns out that the build quality isn't one of its high points. That's because 1,063 models produced as 2018-2020 model years in the US are being recalled for a very strange defect that could see the rear windscreen fall out.

2018-2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Front View Driving Ferrari
2018-2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Rear Angle View Ferrari
2018-2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Rear View Ferrari

While a deployable rear windscreen is a novel idea in supercars such as the McLaren 720S Spider where the engine is behind your head, the unintentional loss of it in an 812 Superfast is less than ideal. The problem stems from a mistake in the supplier's production process in which the bonding area of the glass wasn't cleaned properly. Over time, the adhesion strength of the bonding agent could weaken, resulting in an unexpected open-air experience. The issue was first reported in Germany back in May this year, and after a few subsequent reports, Ferrari's Product Committee met to discuss the issue.

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2018-2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Front Angle View Ferrari
2018-2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Top View Ferrari
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Ferrari's recall notice with the NHTSA claims the recall process will begin on December 5, 2020. Ferrari will be replacing the rear window at no cost to the owners, and will be in contact with owners ahead of time. If you're worried you might be in possession of one of the affected models, you can contact Ferrari's customer service hotline to check directly. Fortunately, Ferrari has acted swiftly on the matter; we wouldn't want to be losing a window on our next 2.9-second 0-62 mph acceleration run, or at the 812 Superfast's claimed 211 mile-per-hour top speed.

2018-2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Front View Ferrari
2018-2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Rear View Driving Ferrari
Source Credits: NHTSA

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