Ferrari 812 GTS Is Probably The Last V-12-only Open-Top Car Ferrari Will Ever Produce

Just a day after the first Ferrari F1 Scuderia win at Monza since 2010, the Maranello-based car producer revealed two astonishing open-top cars. The elite of the world got a chance to buy, or the hope they’ll be able to buy the V-12 powered 812 GTS and the F8 Spider. Interestingly enough, the F8, as a mid-engine, V-8 powered Spider captures the essence of Ferrari’s future.

On the other hand, the 812 GTS, as the first production V-12 powered, front-engined open-top Ferrari in almost fifty years, is the one that wholeheartedly captures the essence of the brand. With an overpowered V-12 that develops 790 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and a roof that opens in 14 seconds, the 812 GTS is a swan song. The Ferrari 812 GTS may well be the last new V-12 powered open-top car we ever see. This alone makes it far more appealing than any other open-top car on the market.

Ferrari 812 GTS’ Price Can Go Over $500,000

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Word on the Internet is that the Ferrari 812 GTS has a price tag of €336,000 in Europe. That equals to $371,840 according to today’s exchange rate. The thing is that I believe the customers in the U.S. will pay a bit less than that. Not by much, tough. The base MSRP for the 812 Superfast was $335,275 in 2018. Try to go all-in checking all options, and you will likely reach the price of close to half a million of dollars.

This goes to show the 812 GTS will be a bit more expensive.

Considering that Ferrari’s open-top cars tend to be about $20k more expensive compared to the coupes, that would put the base MSRP of the 812 GTS at $355,000. Maybe even a tad more. That definitely sets the fully loaded Ferrari 812 GTS at more than $500,000. Astounding.

World’s Most Powerful Convertible

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Even if you travel back a bit in the past (not too far because ridiculous power numbers started basically with the McLaren F1, Carrera GT, and the McLaren-Mercedes SLR), you would be pressed to find a more powerful open-top car than this Ferrari 812 GTS.

I can only remember the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta, or some Koenigsegg car with a more powerful engine.

I do not really think, however, that you can compare them directly with the 812 GTS. Reasonably, the only car you can somewhat compare with the 812 GTS is the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante. That one, however, is some 80-ish horsepower short from the 790 insanity of the Ferrari N/A V-12.

Ferrari Had To Rework The Engine To Make It Compliant To Current Emission Regulations

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This means that the V-12 in the 812 GTS is not the same as in the 812 Superfast. First of all, stricter emission standards mean that the Ferrari needs to install even more particulate filters on the exhausts and limit the emission of harmful particles as much as possible.

After Ferrari engineers managed to lower the emissions at acceptable levels, they have found out that the engine develops less power compared to the one in the 812 Superfast. Some internal changes had to be made.

Ferrari did not disclose the exact differences, but 812 GTS V-12 is a tad different than the one in the 812 Superfast. Regardless of that, the sheer power of the unit is astounding.

The V-12 can rev up to 8,900-rpm before the red zone, and develops 789 horsepower at 8,500 rpm.

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The torque isn’t as insane as on some turbocharged engines, but I don’t believe you’ll find 530 pound-feet of torque insufficient. Especially because 80 percent of it comes into play at 3,500 rpm. Ferrari, however, had to fiddle with the transmission. With slightly shorter gear ratios, the 812 GTS remained equally intense off the line. Despite the 165 pounds of added weight, the 812 GTS can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, and top 210 mph.

Ferrari 812 GTS Ferrari F12berlinetta Ferrari F12tdf
Engine 6496 cc V-12 6,262 cc V-12 with direct injection 6,262 cc V-12
Horsepower 789 hp at 8500 rpm 729 hp at 8,250 rpm 769 hp at 8,500 rpm
Torque 530 lb-ft at 7000 rpm 508 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm 519 lb-ft at 6,750 rpm

The last V-12, naturally aspirated, front-engine convertible ever made

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In its fight for the preservation of the naturally-aspirated V-12, Ferrari came to a rather disturbing conclusion. The V-12 that Ferrari invested its heart and soul in seems to be on its last legs.

Ferrari’s head of technical development Michael Leiters confirmed that the engine in the 812 GTS has a high-pressure injection system, catalytic converter, and a new gasoline particulate filter. All these technologies, along with the start/stop system, help the V-12 emit as little emissions as possible.

Adding any more restrictions would be just too much. The V-12 would lose its edge and everything that makes it great.

The only way forward is electrification. The Ferrari V-12 will live on. At least for eight more years, but not in a way you expect it to. It will be a part of the top-notch hybrid system. Something like that could even fit under the bonnet of the Purosangue SUV.

All these concerns point to one conclusion. The Ferrari 812 GTS is the last front-engined, N/A, V-12-powered supercar. The next one will come, but it will be a part of the hybrid system.

This Is Possibly The Only Way You Can Buy The Ferrari 812 GTS New

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See, you cannot just walk in a Ferrari dealership with $350,000 and get yourself the 812 GTS. This car is in short supply, and that means that some Ferrari customers have precedence. The thing is that Ferrari has so many customers, and the demand for its vehicles is so high that it had to create a unique "priority" system that ranks costumers. For example, if you walked in a Ferrari dealership with $350,000, and some other guy did it too, Ferrari will research to see who is a better buyer for them. If you just earned your money, but never owned a Ferrari before, you don’t have a chance for the 812 GTS next to the guy who has a few Ferraris in his stack.

But it is more complicated than that. Rumor on the street is that Ferrari has a points scoring system that includes all Ferrari buyers from the last 20 years. Including the used car Ferrari buyers (if bought through official channels).

This system awards points to each customer in regard to their activity within the Ferrari "family".

I do not know how exactly does this system works, but I know that the more Ferraris you own, the more you drive them, and the more you act as a brand ambassador, the more points you get.

The other thing is that Ferrari especially values customers involved within some of its motorsport activities. Heck, you will get points even if you attend official Ferrari-organized events - new car reveals, various gatherings and such.

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The customers who rank best on this list have a better opportunity to get the allocation for Ferrari limited edition cars, and especially low volume production cars, such as the 812 GTS.

So, if you want to get on this list and reach near the top, you have to do a few things

  • buy a few Ferraris in the next few years
  • drive them a lot
  • try not to sell them
  • attend Ferrari motorsport events and get involved in one Ferrari racing series
  • be young (younger buyers are usually more appealing to the people who decide who can buy their Ferrari)
  • attend Ferrari-related motoring events
  • have some influence

Basically, if you want unique Ferrari cars, you have to be special and unique.

Do You Actually Know How Fast The Ferrari 812 GTS Really Is?

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Official performance numbers for the Ferrari 812 GTS say:

  • 0-62 mph in less than 3 seconds
  • 0-124 mph in 8.3 seconds
  • top speed of 211 mph

Remember, it can achieve its top speed even with the top down.

Ferrari had to develop a separate aerodynamic setup for the 812 GTS because of the turbulence created at high speeds.

Such performance makes the Ferrari 812 GTS the fastest new convertible in the world. Heck, it makes it one of the fastest cars altogether.

It is faster than the fastest Mercedes-AMG GT R, it can match the speed of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and it will almost match the speed and acceleration of the McLaren 720S.

This still does not show how fast this car is.

See, American elite such as the Camaro ZL1 and the Challenger Hellcat Redeye are seriously fast muscle cars. The fastest ever probably, but still, they can barely crack 200 mph. The roofless Ferrari is faster than both of them. And I think you already know that the Ferrari would destroy any of them on any track.

Other Changes Ferrari Made To The 812 GTS Over The 812 Superfast

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While some may call the changes only cosmetic, it is a well-known fact that Ferrari’s design team has to adjust the form around the requirements engineers set forth.

That is why Ferrari 812 GTS lost the rear side vents, but gained an additional slot on the massive rear diffuser.

That 812 GTS is 165 pounds heavier too. You can find many of those pounds under the tonneau cover at the back. That is the place where the hardtop stows and that features the intricate mechanism needed for the automatic roof opening/closing operation.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

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