The F12berlinetta gets a much needed facelift for 2018

Introduced in 2012 as a replacement for the Ferrari 599, the F12berlinetta harkens back to the 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" and, in many ways, to the iconic 250 GTO and 275 GTB. A full-fledged grand tourer powered by a no-nonsense, naturally aspirated V-12, the F12berlinetta has already spawned many one-off and special-edition models, including the F12 TRS, SP America, F60 America, Carrozzeria Touring Berlinetta Lusso, and more recently the F12tdf. After some five years on the market, the F12 received its mid-cycle facelift ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It goes by the name 812 Superfast and comes with many improvements.

Just like the transition from the FF to the GTC4Lusso, the F12berlinetta gained a significant update and a name change. Ferrari didn’t care to explain the meaning behind the new name, but it’s safe to assume that the "812" comes from the engine’s output in PS plus the number of cylinders, while Superfast is just... well... an attempt to be cool in the 21st century. This isn’t the first time a Ferrari appears to have been named by the company’s social media department, as the LaFerrari is just as flamboyant. But it’s worth mentioning that the 812 isn’t the first Superfast in the company’s lineup. The name dates back to 1964, when Ferrari offered the 500 Superfast as the top-of-the-line version of the America model.

Moving over to more important things, Ferrari gave the F12berlinetta a thorough restyling. The grand tourer sports numerous modifications front and rear, while the interior has updated tech, a few nips and tucks, and new seats. More importantly, the 6.3-liter V-12 was redesigned into a new mill that makes the 812 Superfast the quickest and most powerful production Ferrari ever built.

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  • 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    F1 dual-clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    789 @ 8500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    530 @ 7000
  • Displacement:
    6.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    211 mph
  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.2/10

Exterior

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As expected based on recent Ferrari facelifts, the F12’s mid-cycle update is rather significant. Although it sports the same fastback sleekness and two-box design with a high tail — reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969 — the 812 Superfast is packed with new features as far as design goes.

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Up front, Ferrari redesigned nearly every panel and detail.

Up front, Ferrari redesigned nearly every panel and detail. The bumper is the most obvious change, boasting a larger intake that features a mesh grille instead of the classic horizontal and vertical slats. The grille also incorporates a black apron, while the lower section and splitter are almost as aggressive as the F12tdf’s. Ferrari also altered the bumper sides and added two flaps for improved aerodynamics. Moving up, there’s a pair of new headlamps. These are some 75-percent identical to the previous units as far as size and shape go, but the section is now longer and extends toward the nose. They’ve also been integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the engine hood. Maranello also removed the central air intake and reshaped the V section that defines the engine hood.

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Comparison F12berlinetta vs 812 Superfast

Ferrari essentially ditched the vintage-looking dual round taillights for a pair of smaller lights on each side, a strategy it also applied when it replaced the FF with the GTC4Lusso.

The new side panels are even more radical. Whereas the F12’s character line moved upward from the door to the engine hood, the Superfast’s is exactly the opposite, being oriented toward the side skirt. The scallop is also deeper and become more muscular as it moves toward the rear haunches. To go with the new design, Ferrari reshaped the quarter window and added small vents just behind the rear haunches, thus giving the fender a more organic feel.

Changes are equally dramatic around back. Arguably the most notable changes above the bumper are the larger spoiler that makes the fascia seem sculpted inside the body and the brand-new taillights. The latter are not only smaller that the outgoing units, but also come in a quad arrangement. Ferrari essentially ditched the vintage-looking dual round taillights for a pair of smaller lights on each side, a strategy it also applied when it replaced the FF with the GTC4Lusso.

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Comparison 812 Superfast vs GTC4Lusso

The new taillights and the spoiler remind me of the iconic 288 GTO, but they do feel modern. Down below, there’s a new bumper with a floating diffuser elements and large exhaust pipes on each side. The exhaust outlets are fitted in black, sculpted elements that give the 812 Superfast a unique look compared to any other F12 built to date. I can definitely see some F12tdf influences in there, but the 812’s rear fascia is unique in its own right.

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Comparison 812 Superfast vs F12tdf

On top of these massive changes, Ferrari also introduced a range of new aerodynamic solutions, including active flaps at the front of the underbody and an aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce on the rear flank. The 812 Superfast was also launched in a special new color. It’s called Rosso Settanta and marks the company’s 70th anniversary.

COMPETING DESIGNS

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Comparison 812 Superfast vs Aventador S

Overall, I think that the Aventador S is a more aggressive proposition styling-wise thanks to its mid-engined layout.

The 812 Superfast arrived just in time for the upgraded Lambo Aventador. Now sporting an "S" next to its name, the Italian supercar is somewhat of a traditional competitor for the F12, despite using an entirely different configuration. Specifically, the Aventador S has its engine in the back, while power is routed to all four wheels through an AWD system (whereas the F12M is rear-wheel-driven). On the other hand, the Aventador is also Lambo’s range-topping supercar and more importantly, it’s as aggressive as an Italian performance vehicle should be. Already a sleek coupe with angular lines and menacing styling cues, the Aventador became even meaner with the mid-cycle update. The redesigned bumper has a different grille and a larger splitter, while the new intakes provide better aerodynamic efficiency. A new rear wheel arch pays tribute to the original Countach by design, while the rear fascia gained a larger motorsport-inspired diffuser, an active wing movable in three positions, and a three-outlet exhaust system. The revised Aventador also boasts 130% more downforce at the front compared to the previous model. When in optimum position, the new wing improves overall efficiency at high downforce by over 50 percent and in low drag by more than 400 percent. Overall, I think that the Aventador S is a more aggressive proposition styling-wise thanks to its mid-engined layout.

Lamborghini Aventador S Ferrari 812 Superfast
Wheelbase (Inches) 106.29 107.1
Overall length (Inches) 188.86 183.34
Overall width (Inches) 79.92 77.59
Overall height (Inches) 44.72 50.23

Interior

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Changes are less radical inside, where the grand tourer continues with pretty much the same design features. Noticeable modifications include a revised center stack with two round A/C vents instead of three, new controls on the dashboard’s passenger side, and a new steering wheel.

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Interior Comparison F12berlinetta vs 812 Superfast

Changes are less radical inside, where the grand tourer continues with pretty much the same design features.

The latter has a revised center section made from aluminum, revised controls, new grips, and a wider, flat-bottom side. It also has red stitching that matches the detailing on the dashboard and center console, but this can be changed to just about any color available.

Ferrari also replaced the previous seats with new, sportier units that provide enhanced side bolstering and comfort. There’s also an upgraded instrument cluster, the company’s latest infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, and a new air-conditioning unit.

THE COMPETITION

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Interior Comparison 812 Superfast vs Aventador S

Inside, the Aventador is just as appealing as the 812 Superfast, boasting Lambo's latest technology and the finest materials you can buy.

Inside, the Aventador is just as appealing as the 812 Superfast, boasting Lambo’s latest technology and the finest materials you can buy. The supercar’s cabin remained virtually unchanged after the facelift, but Lambo did introduce a few new features, starting with an all-digital instrument cluster that can be customized in many ways. The TFT screen has also been revised and can display different images for each driving mode. Apple CarPlay connectivity comes standard, just like in the 812 Superfast, allowing both the driver and passenger to manage voice activated communications and entertainment from mobile devices. Options include the Lamborghini telemetry system, which can be used to record lap times, track performance, as well as trip data. Much like any Ferrari out there, the interior specification of the Aventador S is virtually limitless through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customization program.

Drivetrain

About a month before the 812 Superfast arrived, the folks over at Ferrari Chat claimed that the grand tourer would get a larger, 6.5-liter V-12 instead of the familiar 6.3-liter unit. This is one rumor that proved to be true, with the upgraded coupe using Ferrari’s biggest modern engine.

Obviously based on the outgoing V-12 mill, the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter cranks out 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, of which 80 percent are available at 3,500 rpm. That’s 59 extra horsepower compared to the F12berlinetta, to go with 20 additional pound-feet of twist. The 812 Superfast is also more potent than the limited-edition F12tdf, boasting an extra 20 horsepower and 11 pound-feet.

The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter cranks out 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque.

This makes it the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the company’s history, while the 121 horsepower-per-liter output is more than any other front-engined production car has ever even come near to delivering. Impressive!

It’s also worth noting that the 6.5-liter V-12 is as powerful as the LaFerrari’s gasoline engine, while delivering an extra 13 pound-feet of twist. Granted, the LaFerrari is the more powerful vehicle is we take the hybrid drivetrain into account, but without its electric motor, it’s just almost as potent as the 812 Superfast.

It's also worth noting that the 6.5-liter V-12 is as powerful as the LaFerrari's gasoline engine.

Not surprisingly, the 812 Superfast is quicker than the F12berlinetta from 0 to 60 mph, needing 2.9 ticks to complete the benchmark. This figure makes it two tenths faster than the standard models and as quick as the limited-edition F12tdf. On the other hand, top speed remained unchanged at 211 mph.

Ferrari says that these astounding performance levels were achieved in part by adopting a 350-bar direct injection system for the very first time on a high-performance engine. The system is paired to variable geometry intake tracts conceptually derived from those of naturally-aspirated F1 engines, while the dual-clutch transmission has specific gear ratios which, combined with shorter up and down-shifting times, sharpen throttle response.

The 812 Superfast is also the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering).

The 812 Superfast is also the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering), which was added to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance. Ferrari also included the latest, 5.0 version of its patented Side Slip Control (SSC), which makes the car’s powerful performance easier to handle. The vehicle controls also feature, for the first time, the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) that debuted on the F12tdf. The system features a further evolution of the software that improves handling and reduces vehicle response times even further.

Ferrari 812 Superfast Ferrari F12berlinetta Ferrari F12tdf
Engine 6.5-liter V-12 6.3-liter V-12 6.3-liter V-12
Horsepower 789 HP @ 8,500 RPM 729 HP @ 8,500 RPM 769 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Torque 530 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM 508 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM 519 LB-FT @ 6,750 RPM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2.9 seconds 3.1 seconds 2.9 seconds
Top Speed >211 mph >211 mph >211 mph

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

The Aventador S is more than capable to give just about any Ferrari out there a run for its money.

Motivated by a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V-12 that cranks out 730 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque, the Aventador S is more than capable to give just about any Ferrari out there a run for its money. Interestingly enough, both figures are identical to the outgoing F12berlinetta, but it no longer matters now that the 812 Superfast is here with 59 extra horses and 22 pound-feet. On the flipside, the 812 Superfast isn’t quicker from 0 to 60 mph, despite the extra oomph, as the Aventador S needs 2.9 seconds to get there. When it comes to top speed, the Lambo wins the battle at 217 mph, versus the 812’s 211-mph rating.

Lamborghini Aventador S Ferrari 812 Superfast
Engine 6.5-liter V-12 6.5-liter V-12
Horsepower 730 HP @ 8,400 RPM 789 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Torque 508 LB-FT @ 5,500 530 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM
Transmission 7 speed ISR F1 dual-clutch
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2.9 seconds 2.9 seconds
Top Speed 217 mph >211 mph
Weight 3,472 Lbs 3,362 Lbs
Weight distribution (front/rear) 43%/57% 47%/53%

Prices

Pricing information for the 812 Superfast is not yet known, but it’s safe to assume that it will cost more than the outgoing model. Given that the F12berlinetta retails from around $325,000 in the U.S., the 812 Superfast should fetch at least $340,000 before options. Not the most affordable Ferrari out there, but definitely cheaper than the limited-edition F12tdf.

COMPETING PRICES

Pricing for the Aventador S starts from $421,350, which makes it significantly more expensive than what I expect the 812 Superfast to cost. Specifically, we’re talking about nearly $100,000 more (almost 31 percent), which is quite a lot even for the luxury supercar market.

Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo S

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The 911 Turbo S isn’t exactly a supercar in terms of horsepower and it’s definitely not the kind of vehicle that Ferrari buyers would cross-shop with the F12, but it’s incredibly fast. To top it all, its exterior design is arguably more iconic than those of its competitors, while the cabin has plenty of premium features to brag about. Moving on to what makes the Turbo S a menacing machine, the 2017-model-year update brought a revised twin-turbo, 3.8-liter flat-six engine that cranks out 580 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. While not as powerful as the Ferrari or Lambo, the Turbo S has more torque at its disposal. What’s more, when equipped with the Sport Chrono package, it becomes the quickest of the bunch, needing only 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Top speed is inferior at 205, but I’m willing to sacrifice that in favor of winning a drag race against Italy’s finest. Another thing that makes the 911 Turbo S a more appealing choice is the $188,100 sticker.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S here.

Conclusion

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I wasn’t a big fan of the F12berlinetta at first, but it grew on me. The front fascia was the main reason why I couldn’t really consider it a good looking car, but the aggressive sculpted profile and the powerful rear end with the vintage-looking taillights definitely made it an exciting design. I think that the mid-cycle update fixed everything that was wrong with the F12berlinetta. The front end is more aggressive — which is basically what the F12 needed from the very beginning — while the rear fascia brings together the modern Ferrari look and a race-inspired setup. The engine update is also a tremendous features, especially since it almost outguns the LaFerrari. I love it when production models get similar or more power than highly limited, special edition hypecars. The 812 Superfast name sucks, but hey, I’m not the one in change of Ferrari’s marketing department.

  • Leave it
    • * Might not be quicker than the 911 Turbo S
    • * Expensive
    • * Silly name

Press Release

The first and most difficult challenge Ferrari always faces when it decides to develop a new model is to push the boundaries of its own achievements yet again. This challenge is made all the tougher when the task at hand involves designing a new 12-cylinder engine, the power unit that hailed the start of the glorious Prancing Horse story 70 years ago in 1947.

On this occasion, intensive research and development focused on exploiting Ferrari’s wealth of track-derived engineering know-how has produced a unique model designed to offer its drivers both benchmark performance across the board and the most riveting and rewarding driving experience possible. Whilst, of course, also guaranteeing the superb comfort on longer trips that is the signature of a genuine Grand Tourer berlinetta. Ferrari’s past is studded with just such cars, a long and illustrious list of exceptional models that have gone down in automotive history.

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The obsessive pursuit of the most seamless melding possible of state-of-the-art running gear with a harmonious yet edgy design from the ever-inventive Ferrari Styling Centre, has produced a near-perfect aerodynamic package.

The 812 Superfast’s exceptionally futuristic, finely-honed lines also, however, clothe Prancing Horse power at its rawest, as an entirely new 12-cylinder engine of unprecedented efficiency and might was designed for the car.

That engine’s output has been boosted by 60 cv compared to the F12berlinetta, so that it unleashes a massive 800 CV, making the 812 Superfast the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever built (with the exception, of course, of the mid-rear-engined, special limited-series 12-cylinders). The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so, building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf.

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To make full use of that huge power and to guarantee perfect weight distribution, the car exploits a highly evolved transaxle architecture that couples a front-mounted engine with a rear-mounted transmission.

The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge vehicle dynamics control systems and components. It is striking for both its highly innovative design and aero package, as well as its unparalleled handling. It is also the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering).

Simply put, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark for mid-front-engined sports cars. And at its heart is the new 12-cylinder which has forged its character.

Like all cars with Prancing Horse DNA, this new berlinetta delivers exhilarating feedback both on road and track, but equally promises exceptionally fluid handling and ride comfort that drivers will appreciate on longer journeys.

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The 812 Superfast, in fact, is aimed at clients that demand the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range. They want a blisteringly high-performance car, but refuse to compromise on the kind of versatility that will allow them to thoroughly appreciate driving it as a 360-degree experience.

Engine and transmission

The challenge Ferrari tackled with the 812 Superfast was to design the most powerful road-going engine in the marque’s history (800 cv, 123 cv/l) whilst contemporaneously cutting fuel consumption and emissions, and, naturally, retaining the inimitable Ferrari 12-cylinder soundtrack.

At the development stage, the engineers set themselves the goal of exceeding the specific power output of the F12berlinetta’s V12 which itself delivered class-topping performance. To do so, they decided to focus their efforts principally on optimising the intake system and combustion efficiency to fully exploit the increase in the engine’s displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres. These aspects increased the maximum amount of air that could be drawn into the engine (and thus its power output) thereby boosting its efficiency.

The development process resulted in a maximum power output of 800 cv at 8,500 rpm, a new benchmark for the Ferrari range, in addition to a specific power output of 123 cv/l, a completely unprecedented figure for an engine front-mounted in a production car.

The torque curve illustrates this impressive improvement on the F12berlinetta in terms of acceleration and instantaneous power, particularly at high revs. The engine’s power is underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement.

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These performance levels were achieved in part by optimising the engine design and in part by introducing innovations, such as the use of a 350 bar direct injection system for the very first time on a spark-ignition engine, and the control system for the variable geometry inlet tracts, developed on naturally-aspirated F1 engines, which is a further evolution on its application on the special limited-series F12tdf.

These systems allow the increase in displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres to be exploited to maximise power output whilst retaining excellent pick-up even at low revs.

The high pressure injection system also improves nebulisation of the injected fuel thus dramatically reducing the the amount of particulates emitted when the catalytic converter is warming up, ensuring the engine complies with all emissions regulations.

The engine’s maximum power-to-fuel consumption ratio has also been improved, attesting to the engine’s exceptional efficiency in urban driving contexts. This was achieved in part as a result of Stop&Start On the Move strategies which cut and restart the engine while the car is moving.

Particular attention was also paid to calibrating the Manettino settings to enhance the engine’s potential and the sensation of extreme power delivered by the car. That said, the driver will always be able to easily and confidently dose the massive torque available with the accelerator pedal, thanks to smooth, progressive power delivery at all engine speeds.

The result of all these developments is a boost in maximum power output to 800 cv at 8,500 rpm (an impressive 60 cv more than the F12berlinetta) and maximum torque of 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm - a completely unprecedented achievement for a naturally-aspirated Ferrari production engine.

A significant 80% of maximum torque is available at just 3,500 rpm, improving both flexibility and pick-up at lower revs. The shape of the power curve, which rises constantly all the way to the maximum revs of 8,500 rpm, and the rapidity with which engine speed increases, thanks to low inertia, give occupants the feeling of boundless power and acceleration. The latter sensation comes courtesy of the overall increase in maximum power output and the optimisation of the aforementioned power curve between 6,500 and 8,900 rpm, which maximises the average horse power exploitable for press-on track driving when engine revs are kept consistently high.

The exhaust system geometry was evolved to increase and balance the sound from the engine compartment and tailpipes, with a 6-into-1 manifold. The aim being, of course, to enhance the car’s already extreme, sporty character. The resulting engine sound is strong and smooth inside the cabin in all driving conditions.

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Transmission

The new 812 Superfast is fitted with Ferrari’s F1 dual-clutch transmission which has been further evolved to meet the car’s track driving performance targets and cope with the boost in maximum revs to 8,900 rpm. The gear ratios on all of the gears have been shortened by an average of 6% to exploit the extra performance and higher revs to the fullest as well as to improve the car’s acceleration without compromising pick-up in higher gears.

There was particular focus on calibrating the gear-shift strategy to enhance the car’s sportiness, further slashing response times and creating a feeling of massive power and speed both in terms of longitudinal acceleration and auditory perception of the rising rpms. In both up- and down-shifts, the transition time has been reduced by 30%. Combined with the shortened gear ratios, these modifications, mean that occupants will instantly feel the car’s powerful response to the throttle.

On the track, this sharpened response equates to more down-shifts in the same time interval, when the driver uses the multi-down function (keeping the steering wheel-mounted Down shift paddle depressed with the Manettino in Sport position).

Vehicle dynamics

The 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari to introduce Electric Power Steering (EPS) which, in line with Ferrari tradition, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car in terms of performance by integrating it with all of the electronic vehicle dynamics controls.

The car also sees the introduction of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, starting from the experience gained with the F12tdf, combines electric front-wheel steering assistance with the mechanical concept built around tyre dimensions and the rear-wheel steering. All integrated with the vehicle dynamics control systems based on Version 5.0 of the SSC, with the aim of improving the agility and response time to steering wheel inputs of the 812 Superfast.

The integration of the EPS enabled Ferrari’s engineers to introduce functionalities to support the driver’s performance experience by means of the primary interface with the road: the steering wheel.

Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP): when cornering, the steering wheel torque will provide the driver with an indication that the car is getting closer to its limit of grip, helping the control of that dynamic state.

Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO): in case of oversteer, most frequently induced while powering out of corners, the steering wheel torque will give the driver feedback to give steering wheel inputs that are coherent with realigning the car correctly.

Both functions are aimed at extending the driver’s experience of the performance delivered by the 812 Superfast, while not interfering with the driver’s control over the steering wheel input. The driver remains the key to the driving experience.

The mechanical set-up sees the adoption of tyres developed specifically for Ferrari by Michelin and Pirelli and retain the same sizes front and rear (275/315) introduced on the F12tdf to optimize the Passo Corto Virtuale concept.

The Brembo Extreme Design brakes, which previously equipped the LaFerrari, are the most efficient ever developed by Ferrari. Combined with the Hi-Performance ABS of the 9.1 Premium ESP, the braking performance from 100 km/h is improved by 5.8% compare to the F12berlinetta.

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Aerodynamics

The 812 Superfast’s aero design is part of Ferrari’s ongoing commitment to continually improving performance with each new model, both in terms of speed and augmented vehicle dynamics for a more exhilarating driving experience.

The development guidelines aimed to achieve exceptionally high aerodynamic efficiency figures through boosting of the downforce that influences a car’s stability without increasing drag as the latter would negatively impact fuel consumption and maximum speed.

The aerodynamic coefficient values delivered by the 812 Superfast are a significant improvement on those of the F12berlinetta. Mobile aero solutions, whether mechanically activated (active mobile aerodynamics) or activated by the pressure of the air itself (passive mobile aerodynamics), guarantee very low drag values. The choices made in this area were heavily influenced by those debuted on the special F12berlinetta-derived F12tdf, with which the 812 Superfast shares the same downforce values. All its aerodynamic coefficients, however, have been improved.

To the side of the air intakes for engine and brake cooling, is a turning vane on the front bumper which is designed to channel air flows striking the front of car to ensure they hug its flanks, thereby reducing the width of the car’s wake. This in turn appreciably reduces overall drag.

Front downforce generation is entrusted for the most part to a pair of diffusers just ahead of the front wheels, which increase the amount of air drawn in by the underbody. To cancel out the drag associated with them, the diffusers have been equipped with a mobile aero system. When this activates, it completely stalls the diffusers, fairing in the wheel. The mobile surface integrated into the diffuser ramp is activated by the pressure of the air which, as it enters from the lower intake on the outside of the bumper, is channelled towards the mobile surface. When the car reaches a speed where the pressure in the duct is stronger than the calibrated pre-load of an elastic spring, the mobile surface opens, thereby reducing the car’s drag and improving front downforce.

The front diffusers’ capacity to generate downforce is boosted by generous air evacuation from the front wheelarch along the side of the car. This vent on the flanks also directs the energised air flow from the diffusers on the front underbody, preventing pressure build-ups inside the wheelarch and thus improving downforce and cutting drag. This effect is maximised by two sculpted air intakes on the front bonnet by the side of the headlights. The flow is channelled by a specific duct to the front section of the inside of the wheelarch, where it reduces pressure, before energising the flow exiting along the flanks.

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The spoiler on the car’s tail also generates downforce. The trailing edge of the spoiler is 30 mm higher than on the F12berlinetta as per the F12tdf. However, unlike the latter, it has not been extended rearwards in depth to avoid changing the car’s dimensions. This has increased drag but is compensated for by the unusual gap at the bottom of the rear screen ahead of the spoiler. This discontinuity causes a separation in the air flow from the rear window, creating longitudinal vortices which boost compression on the surface of the bottom of the windscreen, thereby reducing drag associated with the downforce generated by the spoiler. The shape of the rear wheelarch has also been crafted to guarantee efficient downforce generation. In fact, the lift naturally generated by the way the body curves over the wheelarches has been minimised by introducing an aerodynamic by-pass between the bodywork and the inner rear wheelarch. Rather than following the curvature of the flank in that area, which would create lift, the air flowing over the car’s belt line enters the intake behind the rear quarterlight. It is then channelled into a duct that allows it to exit in front of the rear spoiler. The lift effect of the wheelarches is thus minimised, generating downforce without adding any extra drag.

Three pairs of curved dams that act as vortex generators were adopted for the front underbody and are responsible for 30% of the increase in downforce compared to the F12berlinetta. The dams create a ground effect by generating powerful vortices and reducing the wake from the wheels to the absolute minimum, further boosting the flat underbody’s downforce generation capabilities.

Unlike their F12tdf counterparts, the dams have new blowing slots which, by reducing overall pressure on the front side of the dams, boosts their efficiency, with the result that, despite the downforce generated remaining the same, drag introduced in the area is cut by 15%.

Because of the powerful suction created by the rear spoiler, the rear diffuser has been completely redesigned to enhance its extraction power. Firstly, the diffuser’s trailing edge now features a wing in a deep recess created in the bumper. Air flows from both the lower and upper surfaces strike the splitter which extends across the entire width of the diffuser, boosting the downforce generated by the latter by 12%. Since the rear diffuser is one of the main contributors to downforce generation and the resulting drag, it has also been given a system of three active flaps which rotate to a 14° angle in the minimal drag configuration to completely stall the diffuser, thereby significantly reducing overall drag.

Design

Exterior

Designed by Ferrari Design, the new 812 Superfast redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris’ proportions without altering either its exterior dimensions or interior space and comfort.

Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 (Daytona) of 1969, visually lowering an aggressive rear spoiler designed to guarantee downforce. The draped design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by sharply slanted crease lines and impressively muscular wheelarches that imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasise that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheelarch.

The 812 Superfast’s sumptuously sculptural, three-dimensional flanks are characterised by a striking vent behind the front wheels designed to suck high-pressure air from the wheelarches and then channel it along the doors.

The rear diffuser includes a suspended splitter that increases the diffuser surfaces by turning them into bi-plane wing, allowing the air to be drawn between the lower diffuser and the splitter.

At the rear, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and the very compact cabin without, however, sacrificing its space or that of the boot.

Interior

The cabin has been radically redesigned to imbue it with an even sportier character. Light, compact volumes hug the contours of the interior structures to the extent that the latter are visible in certain areas. These ultra-taut surfaces are deliberately layered and broken up to create voids with the result that the main elements seem to float. The overall effect is both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance that never feels overstated.

The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural, yet supremely stylish look that is also a nod to the LaFerrari’s cockpit.

An additional air vent also allowed the designers to lighten the look of the dash still further by creating a “cleft” in the central section that further emphasises the fact that metallic elements stretch out into the upholstered volumes.

The driver zone and central recesses featuring contrasting trim to further underscore their dynamic forms.

The steering wheel and its commands, the satellite pods on either side of it and the interplay of volumes and contrasting materials, combine to create an extreme cockpit in which all of the various elements are angled towards the all-important driver, around whom the volumes curve to highlight his role.

Horizontal character lines create very distinct driver-oriented volumes that also pull off the delicate feat of not excluding the passenger from the action.

The beautifully crafted trimming both at the centre of the dash and around the glove compartment create the just right sense of Ferrari’s signature combination of the artisanal and the high tech.

The seats follow a diapason design language and exploit that expansiveness to create an interplay of solids and voids that lend character to the seat and backrest.

The seats differ from and contrast with the rest of the interior surfaces, thanks to their perforated leather trim which adds a sporty touch to the new styling.

In short, taught forms and cleverly structured volumes combine with superb ergonomics and a light sporty language to yield a top-of-the-range seat.

Optional contents

Ferrari’s vast Personalisation Programme is, of course, also available to ensure each client can make their 812 Superfast unique and even more tailored to their personal tastes and requirements. As is traditional with each new car, the Programme has been further extended to include a wealth of new optionals specifically developed for the 812 Superfast.

Also available is an evolved telemetry system derived from the one aboard the LaFerrari, and a high-end audio system with 12 speakers and a 1,280 Watt amplifier with Quantum Logic for superb sound delivery and quality.

7 Years Maintenance

Ferrari’s unparalleled quality standards and increasing focus on client service underpin the extended seven-year maintenance programme offered with the 812 Superfast. Available across the entire Ferrari range, the programme covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life. This scheduled maintenance is an exclusive service that allows clients the certainty that their car is being kept at peak performance and safety over the years. This very special service is also available to owners buying pre-owned Ferraris.

Regular maintenance (at intervals of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions), original spares and meticulous checks by staff trained directly at the Ferrari Training Centre in Maranello using the most modern diagnostic tools are just some of the advantages of the Genuine Maintenance Programme.

The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships on the Official Dealership Network.

The Genuine Maintenance programme further extends the range of after-sales services offered by Ferrari to satisfy clients wishing to preserve the performance and excellence that are the signatures of all cars built at the factory in Maranello which has always been synonymous with leading-edge technology and sportiness.

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