This will be the Ferrari 812 Superfast's hardcore swansong.
Ferrari is about to embrace electrification. The aim is to electrify 60 percent of its current model lineup by 2022. Later this year, the Italian automaker will reveal a new hybrid supercar slotting below the SF90 with an electrified 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing around 700 horsepower. This year will also mark the end of Ferrari's naturally-aspirated V12 that currently powers the 812 Superfast.
Spy shots and videos of test prototypes have already shown Ferrari is building a new hardcore, more powerful 812 Superfast that will serve as a swansong for the front-engined supercar, much like the F12tdf before it.
Rumors have claimed Ferrari's new hardcore 812 will be called the GTO, but we can now confirm this is not true. In a video shared on the Instagram page rosso812 that was originally sent to potential Ferrari customers looking to place an order, Ferrari's chief marketing officer, Enrico Galliera, refers to the car as the "812 Versione Speciale," which translates to "812 Special Version" and brings back the Speciale moniker last applied to the hardcore 458 Italia.
Posted on February 18 to coincide with Enzo Ferrari's birthday, the video marks the first time Ferrari has officially announced a more hardcore 812 is coming. No other details were offered, but spy shots of prototypes give us an idea of what to expect.
Prototypes have featured a larger, more aggressive rear diffuser, while the suspension will likely be tweaked to sharpen up the handling.
With its 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 producing 789 horsepower and 529 lb-ft of torque, the standard 812 Speciale is no slouch, but the Speciale will reportedly increase the output to 850 hp and rev up to over 9,000 rpm to give the grand tourer a fitting sendoff. Production will likely be limited since the F12tdf was limited to just 799 examples. Ferrari hasn't confirmed a debut date, but the 812 Speciale will reportedly break cover next week on February 22 so we may not have to wait too long.