Say Hello To The Ferrari 812 Competizione And Competizione A

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Both coupe and targa are V12-powered masterpieces.

Ferrari revealed its most powerful V12 road car ever last month, a hardcore variant of the 812 Superfast. At the time, its official name was not revealed, though leaked information claimed it'd be called Competizione. Well, that was indeed correct. Meet the Ferrari 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A, the latter being a targa sibling. In Ferrari-speak, "A" stands for Aperta, which is the Italian word for "open."

As the Italian marque already revealed, a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 is found under the hood, now pumping out 819 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 30 hp over the standard 812 Superfast. Torque, however, has decreased slightly by 19 lb-ft. Horsepower fully kicks in at 9,250 rpm and the V12 revs all the way up to 9,500 rpm.

Extensive weight-saving methods were utilized and the results paid off. It has a dry weight of 3,278 pounds. The combined power boost and weight loss result in exhilarating performance.

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The coupe goes from a standstill to 62 mph in only 2.85 seconds, 0-124 mph in 7.5 seconds, and top speed is said to surpass 211 mph. Compared to the 812 Superfast, the most significant change here is the 0-124 mph sprint, which is now 0.4 seconds faster thanks to the improved power-to-weight ratio. Ferrari hasn't announced performance figures for the Competizione A, which will replace the 812 GTS. Chances are it'll be ever so slightly slower because of the added weight of the targa roof.

To help compensate for the added weight, that removable roof panel is 100 percent carbon fiber. Owners can store it in a compartment that mirrors the shape of the roof perfectly. Another difference between the coupe and targa models is the latter's slightly lower flying buttresses.

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Ferrari says once the roof is locked in place there's a "sense of aesthetic continuity with the roll bars." The coupe's roof is a simple body-colored panel made from aluminum with carbon fiber elements at the back, replacing the 812 Superfast's rear glass. The familiar seven-speed dual-clutch automatic has been recalibrated to reduce shift times by five percent, though the gear ratios remain unchanged. Ferrari's four-wheel-steering technology has been updated as well for improved handling.

The body features numerous F1-derived aerodynamic enhancements such as switching from quad circular exhausts to angular tips. This allows for the exhaust gases to better interact with the bigger diffuser to generate increased downforce.

There's no word on price or availability as yet, but being special versions of an already special car, they will be very expensive and highly limited.

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