The 812 Superfast would make a great roadster!

After five years on the market, the already iconic Ferrari F12berlinetta received its mid-cycle facelift in 2017. A comprehensive update with a fully redesigned exterior, the facelifted F12 also changed its name to the 812 Superfast and gained a larger V-12 engine with more oomph. Ready to hit dealerships for the 2018 model year, the new 812 Superfast looks like a solid base for a good looking and fast convertible. But will Ferrari build it?

That’s still up for debate, as Maranello has yet to say anything about chopping the roof off the 812 Superfast. Adding to this is the fact that the F12berlinetta was a coupe only in standard production form, but Ferrari did make a few convertibles, including the one-off F12 TRS and the F60 America. So, it’s not entirely unfeasible that we’ll see an 812 Aperta in the future but, if we do, it’ll be in very limited numbers. Until that happens, we created a rendering of the car to go with the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 812 Aperta.

Exterior

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As it usually happens with convertible models based on existing coupes, the Aperta will be identical to the 812 Superfast below the waist.

As it usually happens with convertible models based on existing coupes, the Aperta will be identical to the 812 Superfast below the waist. This means it will get all the brand-new features that set the Superfast apart from the outgoing F12berlinetta.

Up front, look for the same revised bumper with a larger intake that features a mesh grille instead of the classic horizontal and vertical slats. The grille will also incorporate a black apron, while the lower section and splitter as aggressive as they get. The headlamps are very similar to the previous units as far as size and shape go, but they are longer and extend more toward the nose. The new engine hood with air intakes on the sides and a reshaped center section bulge will also find its way to the Aperta.

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2019 Ferrari 812 Aperta Computer Renderings and Photoshop Exterior
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Note: Exterior comparison 812 Superfast vs 812 Aperta.

As it usually happens with convertible models based on existing coupes, the Aperta will be identical to the 812 Superfast below the waist.

The new 812 design is pretty radical on the sides, with a beefed-up lower section and a swoopy character line that creates muscular front fenders and rear haunches. The scallop is also deeper and becomes more muscular as it moves toward the rear haunches. The Apera won’t get the reshaped quarter windows, but it should include the lower section of the C-pillar, which has a C-shaped vent.

Around back, there’s a larger spoiler that makes the fascia seem sculpted inside the body and smaller, quad taillights that harken back to the iconic 288 GTO. Ferrari also crafted a new bumper with a floating diffuser element and large exhaust pipes on each side. 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, increase the car’s performance.

On top of these 812-specific features, the Aperta will have a slightly different canvas roof shape and a redesigned decklid, most likely devoid of the large hatch glass seen on the Superfast.

Interior

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Note: 812 Superfast interior shown here.

Inside, the 812 Aperta would be identical to the coupe, but with the added convenience of infinite headroom.

Inside, the 812 Aperta would be identical to the coupe, but with the added convenience of infinite headroom when the soft-top is down. As seen in the Superfast, the cabin layout didn’t change much with this update, so the convertible would have pretty much the same design features. Highlights 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.

The latter boasts revised center section made from aluminum, new controls, redesigned grips, and a wider, flat-bottom side. It should also get the colored stitching that matches the contrasting touches on the dashboard and center console. Ferrari also replaced the F12berlinetta’s seats with new, sportier units that provide enhanced side bolstering and comfort in the Superfast, so expect these in the Aperta too. An upgraded instrument cluster, the company’s latest infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, and a new air-conditioning unit are also on the table.

Drivetrain

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Note: 812 Superfast engine shown here.

The 812 drop-top would get the new 6.5-liter V-12 instead of the previous 6.3-liter mill.

As you might have already guessed, similarities between the Superfast and Aperta would continue under the hood as well. As a result, the 812 drop-top would get the new 6.5-liter V-12 instead of the previous 6.3-liter mill.

Based on the outgoing V-12 engine, the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter cranks out 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, figures that shouldn’t change in the Aperta. That’s 59 extra horsepower compared to the F12berlinetta, to go with 20 additional pound-feet of twist. The 812 Aperta would also be more potent than the limited-edition F12tdf, boasting an extra 20 horsepower and 11 pound-feet.

Based on the outgoing V-12 engine, 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!

Impressively enough, the 6.5-liter V-12 is as powerful as the LaFerrari’s gasoline engine, while delivering an extra 13 pound-feet of twist, which would make the Aperta the most powerful Ferrari convertible ever (without additional input from an electric motor, of course). With the Superfast needing only 2.9 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, the Aperta could be just as quick, although drop-tops are usually a tenth-second slower due to inferior aerodynamics and sometimes extra weight. Top speed could also drop from 211 mph to around 206 mph, but the Aperta would still remain impressively fast.

The 812 Aperta would also use Ferrari's latest EPS (Electric Power Steering).

Finally, the 812 Aperta would also use Ferrari’s latest EPS (Electric Power Steering), which was designed to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance. The latest 5.0 version of Maranello’s patented Side Slip Control (SSC) would also make the Aperta’s tremendous performance easier to handle. Another highlight would be the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV), which features a further evolution of the software that improves handling and reduces vehicle response times even further.

Prices

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Pricing is obviously a guessing game since the Aperta is just a rendering as of May 2017, but it should be more expensive than the Superfast. With the latter likely to fetch $340,000 before options, a convertible model should cost at least $360,000. Far from cheap, but definitely more affordable than the LaFerrari.

Competition

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster

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2018 Lamborghini Aventador S High Resolution Exterior
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While it may not be a front-engined supercar, the Aventador was considered the F12berlinetta’s main competitor in this niche. The 812 Superfast arrived just in time for the updated Aventador S, which also comes in Roadster form to compete with a future 812 Aperta. Although the update didn’t bring radical changes to the Aventador, the Lambo continues to be an aggressive proposition. While the 812 is definitely oriented toward the grand tourer market, the Aventador S looks like a full-fledged supercar. Performance is very similar. Powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 rated at 730 horsepower and 508 pound-feet, the Aventador needs 2.9 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. It also comes with four wheel steering, a feature that makes it more stable at high speeds. On the other hand, the Lambo is much more expensive, fetching in excess of $430,000 in Roadster trim.

Find out more about the Lamborghini Aventador S here.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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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 812 Superfast, 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 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.

Read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S here.

Conclusion

2019 Ferrari 812 Aperta Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop Exterior
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The 812 Aperta may be just a rendering for now and Ferrari might never do it, but it would make a cool supercar right? Picture those tremendous looks, all that horsepower and speed, and add the awesomeness of unlimited headroom. Superb! And to be honest, a limited edition of the 812 Aperta would probably sell like hotcakes, so it would bring even more money into Ferrari’s coffers. I really don’t see a good reason why Maranello shouldn’t do this car.

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