Ferrari’s flagship GT V12 has been updated one last time, this time extensively, adopting a name that’s even more narcissistic and boastful than ‘LaFerrari’.
Meet the Ferrari 812 Superfast — yes, “Superfast” — and it is an amazing performance machine. Here are 8 awesome you should know about it.
1. Just What Is It?
You can view it as a heavily revised F12Tdf with better performance tech, more power, and better looks. But that name…
2. What a Cheesy Name!
“Superfast” is fine and dandy name to call your supercar, but surely a company with such a strong heritage like Ferrari could have come up with something, well, less cheesy? You know, like perhaps the Italian word for ‘Superfast’ instead?
Well, no, and that’s because Superveloce, the Italian word for ‘Superfast’, is already used by Lamborghini for the Aventador SV (SV is the abbreviation for Superveloce).
Now for an unpleasant fact: the name Superfast is actually part of Ferrari’s heritage, having been first used for the 1956 410 Superfast after introduced in 1955. It hasn’t aged well.
Silly name aside, what you really want to know is whether this Ferrari lives up to its name…
3. Big Engine, Big Power
The 812 Superfast is powered by a new 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine that’s 200 cc larger than the unit found in the F12 and the LaFerrari.
Paired with an improved seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with quicker shifts and better throttle response than before, it produces an awesome 789 horsepower (800 PS) at a sky-high 8,500 rpm and 718 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.
That makes the rear-wheel drive Superfast the most powerful non-hybrid series production model ever made by Ferrari (the LaFerrari is a hybrid). Considering that it weighs just as much as the Berlinetta at 3,360 lb (1525 kg), it’s clear what that means for speed…
4. No Joke, It’s Super Fast
Wouldn’t you know it — the Ferrari 812 Superfast is actually super fast, living up to its name. Its impressive powertrain allows it to time warp to 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds and to a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h), figures identical to the slightly less powerful but much lighter F12tdf.
Those impressive performance figures make the 812 Superfast the fastest non-hybrid series production model Ferrari has ever made.
Once again, the LaFerrari is out of contention for being a hybrid.
5. Handles Better, But Not Without Controversy
No only is the 812 Superfast faster than the F12 Berlinetta, but it also has superior handling on and off the track.
For starters, there are a number of active flaps at the front end that improve aerodynamic efficiency, while an “aerodynamic by-pass” at the rear increases downforce.
The Superfast is the first Ferrari model to use electric-assisted power steering (EPS) instead of old-fashioned hydraulics, a move that will surely upset those purists who believe hydraulic-assist deliver better steering feel, natural progression, and weighting, as well as more accurate on-center tactility.
The Italian supercar also benefits from the Italian automaker’s Slide Slip Control (drift mode) and an updated version of the F12tdf’s Virtual Short Wheelbase system, which enables the rear wheels to also aid in steering, further improving the car’s nimbleness and overall agility.
6. Familiar Yet More Aggressive Design
From a styling perspective, the 812 Superfast is more of an evolution over the F12 Berlinetta than we expected, retaining the same general shape and size. You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but all is body panels are entirely new.
Still, the Superfast does looks distinctly more aggressive than the F12, thanks in large part to a new headlight design that will find its way on future Ferraris, a massive front grille, a hood with a number of air vents, more accentuated lines on the sides, and a thoroughly revised rear fascia featuring similar quad taillights to the GTC4 Lusso.
Also worth pointing out is the silhouette, which has been tweaked to evoke the high tail of the classic 365 GTB4.
7. Slightly More Radical Interior
Like its exterior, the Superfast’s interior is also bit more radical than the Berlinetta, featuring new dashboard element like the redesigned instrument cluster and new steering wheel. The seats have also been redesigned.
If you didn’t like the ergonomics before, you’re not going to be won over by the Superfast’s rather evolutionary interior.
8. The Last of its Kind
The 812 Superfast is expected to be Ferrari’s final model with a pure V12 engine. It will also be the .
There might eventually be no Ferraris with a pure internal combustion engine — does that sit well with you?
Did you find our eight Ferrari 812 Superfast useful? Do you want the Italian supercar? What do you think about its name? Share your impressions and any other facts you might know in the comments below.
Next-Gen Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Officially Confirmed
The redesigned sports cars could ride on Toyota’s TNGA architecture.
Subaru and Toyota have announced that they are deepening their partnership, which will result in a successor to the BRZ and 86 sports cars.
“To deepen their relationship and to strengthen their ties toward advancing to the next stage while respecting the identity of each other’s brand, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will increase its equity stake in Subaru and that Subaru will acquire shares in Toyota,” joint statement stated.
The Japanese automakers did not provide specifics about what they are working on, but rumors suggest the two coupes could be underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA architecture and source power from a variation of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter engine.
In addition to the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, the partnership will also see the companies team up on all-wheel drive vehicles and more Subaru hybrid vehicles, and cooperate on autonomous driving tech.
Notably, Toyota has grown its ownership stake to a minimum of 20-percent voting rights, with Subaru “foreseen to become an affiliated company of Toyota.”
In related news, Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has hinted that the next-generation 86 will drive better than the new Supra.
Next-Gen Toyota 86 Will Have Better Handling Than Supra
A new 86 is coming, and it has the lofty aspiration of driving better than the Supra.
Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that a next-generation 86 sports coupe is under development.
Speaking to Australia’s , the engineer noted that the Japanese automaker has put together “a new 86 team” and has an ambitious goal of building a better-handling sports car than the more expensive Supra.
“We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra,” he said. “That is what the customer expects.”
Toyota has yet to provide any concrete details on the next Toyota 86 and, by extension, its Subaru BRZ twin, but rumors suggest it could be powered by Subaru’s 2.4-liter engine borrowed from the Ascent, perhaps producing around 230 horsepower if naturally aspirated or 260 horses with a turbocharger.
Other reports claim the two sports car will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform rather Subaru’s new Global Platform, which can’t support a rear-wheel drive model, or possibly even on Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform.
What do you hope to see from the second-generation Toyota 86?
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.