Can you improve upon perfection?
One of the fastest ways to insult a Ferrari executive is to suggest a Ferrari model might not be perfect. One of the fastest ways to annoy the Ferrari hardcore is to modify a Ferrari model. The German tuning house Novitec cares not about these things. Hence, it has gone ahead and created its own take on the 812 GTS, which Ferrari describes as a "legend reborn" and "the most powerful production convertible on the market." That take mainly involves a six percent increase in that power from the exquisitely engineered 6.5-liter V12 engine from 789 horsepower to 840 hp.
As part of the recipe for unlocking extra power from the Ferrari 812 GTS, including a jump in torque to 554 lb-ft, Novitec uses a new exhaust system. The tuner claims its exhaust optimizes performance and gives the 812 GTS a "thrilling" exhaust note. The exhaust is also available made from Inconel, an austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloy used in Formula 1 systems to save weight and cope with excessive heat. With the tuning, Novitec claims the 812 GTS will thrash its way from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, which may or may not be a shade quicker than the factory claimed "under three seconds." The tuner also claims a 214 mph top speed over the factory claimed 210 mph.
As well as the engine, Novitec has tinkered with the 812 GTS' dynamics, starting with a suspension drop of 1.38 inches. Along with the ride height drop, the tuner has added raw carbon fiber components to improve aerodynamics, particularly in reducing the front-end lift. The suspension can also have a hydraulic front-axle lift added to help cope with the new ride height.
The most arresting visual difference is Vossen's Novitec NF 10 wheels that feature race car style center lock hubs. Thankfully, the aesthetic additions don't mess with the 812 GTS' looks too much, and we think Novitec has done a great job of not going over the top and retaining the 812 GTS' stunning good looks.