Drivetribe Reviews The Ferrari 812 Superfast: Video
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The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the Prancing Horse’s latest Grand Tourer berlinetta, offering a front-mid-engine, RWD layout, sharp and modern styling, and a sonorous 12-cylinder soundtrack. It’s an amalgamation of new and old, bringing loads of cutting-edge go-fast technology, but with the heart of soul of a true Maranello machine. On paper, it looks impressive, but how do all those numbers translate onto the road? To find out, Drivetribe’s Jethro Bovingdon took one out onto the winding switchbacks of some Italian back road and gave it a boot full in this eight minute, 20 second video.
The result, as you might expect, is quite good. Bovingdon seems enthralled behind the wheel, praising the 812 Superfast in a pleasing British lilt. The big take away is just how easy the Ferrari is to drive, offering loads of grip and a surprising amount of control. “Compared to an F12 tdf… it’s a bit of a pussycat,” Bovingdon comments, later adding, “There’s so much more control than the F12, and you simply trust it so much more than the spikey, all-around evil tdf.” The whole video touts Drivetribe’s typical high production value, and is a real joy to watch. Bovingdon puts the hammer down without mercy, sliding the high-dollar Ferrari on real-world roads and showboating in ass-out, smoke-up drifts. Read on for further details, or just hit play and watch it for yourself.
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In case you were unaware, here’s a rundown on the important specs for the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Equipped just ahead of the cockpit is a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12, which spins to a redline of 8,900 rpm and makes 790 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque along the way. All that go hits the back axle through a dual-clutch gearbox, making the 0-to-60 shimmy in just 2.9 seconds and hitting a top speed of 211 mph. Those numbers make the 812 Superfast the fastest road-legal, mass-production Ferrari ever built.
But there’s more – much more in fact. Helping it stick is active and adaptive aerodynamics, plus rear-axle steering. Aesthetically, we think the exterior looks great, recalling shapes similar to the 1969 365 GTB/4 Daytona.
Combined with big power from the naturally aspirated V-12 and a well-balanced chassis, this Ferrari makes for a real driver’s car.
The 812 Superfast is also the first Ferrari equipped with electric power steering, which would suggest there might be numbness behind the wheel. Thankfully, Bovingdon contends the feeling is far more “natural” than anticipated. Then there’s the rear-wheel steering, another example of technology in the 812 that does its job without hampering the experience. Combined with big power from the naturally aspirated V-12 and a well-balanced chassis, the 812 makes for a real driver’s car. It’s the sort of machine that puts the human at the center of the maelstrom without dinging driveability, a welcomed feature in a high-powered monster of a sports car.
Read our full written review on the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast.