The naturally aspirated V12 makes its final appearance on a new Ferrari.
If this is the way Ferrari chooses to phase out its decades-long history and experience with the naturally aspirated V12 engine, then the new 812 Superfast is the ideal way of saying ‘goodbye.’ Making its live debut here at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 812 Superfast is an absolute stunner, its design a clear evolution of its predecessor, the F12berlinetta. But under the hood is perhaps where Ferrari’s magic is best shown: a 6.5-liter V12 that’s not only bigger, but more powerful than the 6.3-liter V12.
Power is now rated at 789 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. Ferrari claims a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 blazing seconds, and a top speed of 211 mph. Unlike any of its predecessor, the 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari to feature Electric Power Steering. Combined with electronic vehicle dynamics controls, such as the latest version of Side Slip Control and a four-wheel steering system, the 812 Superfast shouldn’t be a difficult horse to tame, but we’re sure it’ll more than deliver on the track whenever owners so choose. The exterior design is also quite slippery, thanks to active aerodynamics, including the active flaps located at the front of the unibody, and the "aerodynamic by-pass" at the rear to further increase downforce.
Combined with all LED lights and a new paint color, Rossa Settanta (made specifically in celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary), the Ferrari 812 Superfast is, in a word, wonderful. If this is how Ferrari chooses to end its era with the NA V12, then we can't imagine a more ideal car than this one.