This V-12-powered 812 can rev up to 9,500 rpm, the highest ever for a Ferrari

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There was a lot of buzz surrounding the 812 limited-edition for quite some time now, and Ferrari has now officially confirmed it. The Italian automaker has revealed the first official images of the limited-edition 812, which will be revealed in all its glory on May 5, 2021. It looks a lot more aggressive than the standard 812, but that’s not the highlight of this supercar. This special edition can rev all the way up to 9,500 rpm, which is the highest for any internal combustion-engined Ferrari to date.

Ferrari Has Stressed On Aerodynamic Changes Here

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On the outside, it looks sharper than the standard 812 Superfast. The yellow racing stripe is the biggest giveaway here. All the other differences pertain to aero elements primarily. There are larger air intakes up front along with aero fins on the corners of the bumper. You can also spot vents behind the rear wheels when viewing the side profile.

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At the rear, the quad-exhaust pipe setup of the 812 Superfast is ditched for a rectangular pair slot vertically. The huge diffuser at the bottom with several fins is made of carbon fiber and is the only part here that feels a little aftermarket. Finally, instead of the rear glass, the special edition 812 features a body-color aluminum panel with carbon fiber elements. This part comes with vortex generators, something seen on aircraft mainly. You might also remember seeing it on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 and the Honda Civic Type R.

Some Weight Has Been Shaved Off On The Inside, Too

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On the inside, stuff like the H-gate theme on the tunnel makes the whole cockpit look sportier, but other than this, it is pretty much the same as the standard 812 Superfast. Weight reduction measures can be seen here too, courtesy of some carbon fiber elements and redesigning of the door panels.

The 812 Special Edition Makes More Power and Revs Higher

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The Ferrari 812 Special Edition is powered by a 6.5-liter, V-12 engine. This naturally-aspirated engine makes 830 horses, an increase of 30 horses over the standard 812 Superfast. It also now revs up to 9,500 rpm, unlike its tamed alter ego which hits the rev limiter at 8,500 rpm. Coupled with a new exhaust system, can you imagine how sweet those grunts will sound?

We talk about how the Lexus LFA revs till 9,400 rpm, but this special edition 812 beats it by a small margin. The other performance specifics will be revealed at the unveiling, but we expect it to be a notch quicker than the 812 Superfast which takes 2.9 seconds to 62 mph from a standstill.

A Lot Of Key Engine Components Are Changed

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Ferrari, however, did mention that the 812 Special Edition comes with redesigned engine parts, and also a new timing valve and exhaust system.

It has adopted the four-wheel independent steering setup here which will improve its corner-carving abilities as well as straight-line handling. The supercar will also mark the debut of the 7.0 version of the Side Slip Control vehicle dynamics system. Finally, the extensive use of carbon fiber elements inside-out has also led to a substantial weight reduction. Ferrari hasn’t announced the curb weight of the special edition yet, but for reference, the 812 Superfast weighs 3,594 pounds.

Conclusion

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The 812 Special Edition will be unveiled on the automaker’s social media channels on May 5 at 14:30 CEST. It will be a limited-edition model and the company will also reveal its moniker at the unveiling.

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The first official images of Ferrari’s latest limited-edition special series have been published in the build-up to its world première, which will be broadcast live on the Maranello marque’s social media channels on May 5 at 14:30 CEST.

The new model is the ultimate expression of Ferrari’s concept of an extreme front-engined berlinetta, honing the characteristics of the critically-acclaimed 812 Superfast to a level never seen before. The result is a car that encapsulates and epitomises the company’s 70-plus years of experience on the world’s circuits, drawing on its thoroughbred sports car DNA to deliver a perfect marriage of performance, form, and function. Aimed at Ferrari’s most passionate collectors and connoisseurs, it features numerous uncompromising engineering solutions to guarantee peerless driving pleasure.

As is the case with all Ferrari’s cars, the most striking feature lies at its very heart: in this instance the latest evolution of Maranello’s legendary 65° V12 engine, which reaches the highest output of any Ferrari road-car engine – 830 cv – and revs to 9,500 rpm, again the highest of any Ferrari ICE. The use of state-of-the-art materials, the redesign of many of the engine’s key components, a new valve timing mechanism and a new exhaust system are just some of the technical solutions that allow the most noble of Ferrari engines to deliver performance levels that are unprecedented in the V12 segment.

The pure yet brutal power unleashed by the powertrain is paired with class-leading vehicle dynamics controls to ensure that the performance can be fully exploited and to guarantee maximum fun behind the wheel. Most distinctive of these solutions is the adoption of independent steering on all four wheels. This extends the feeling of agility and precision when cornering as well as providing unparalleled responsiveness to steering inputs. Another noteworthy engineering achievement is the development work undertaken to reduce the car’s overall weight compared to the 812 Superfast. This was achieved in particular by extensive use of carbon fibre, both on the exterior and in the cockpit. Lastly, the new model premieres version 7.0 of the renowned Side Slip Control vehicle dynamics system.

One of the most striking aspects of this new model is how in-depth aerodynamic research has altered the car’s lines. Working in close synergy with the Ferrari Styling Centre, the aerodynamicists have adopted solutions that are extreme in form featuring profiles that are unprecedented for a road-legal car. The aerodynamic redesign of the whole car was aimed at maximising downforce levels: from the new front air intakes, rear diffuser and exhaust configuration to the patented design of the rear screen – which now hosts vortex generators – every modification is a faithful expression of Ferrari’s core belief that form must always follow function.

From a design point of view, this new special series has a strong personality all of its own that differentiates it significantly from the 812 Superfast on which it is based: this was achieved by choosing styling themes that further enhance the architectural design and dynamism of the 812 Superfast, pushing its sporty vocation to new extremes.

One example of this is the decision to replace the glass rear screen with a single-piece aluminium structure. The vortex generators it sports improve the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, but the design solution chosen, which is fully integrated with the roof, simultaneously creates a backbone effect that underscores the car’s sculptural forms.

Together with the carbon-fibre blade that traverses the bonnet, this motif changes the overall perception of the car’s volumes: the bonnet seems shorter, emphasising the width of the car, and the tail now has a more powerful, fastback look, thus making it appear more compact and competition-like despite it sharing the 812 Superfast’s silhouette, proportions and formal balance. Even the rear spoiler now looks more imposing: it is higher but the specific design treatment used also makes the tail look very wide, almost horizontal.

The interior architecture very much reflects that of the 812 Superfast, retaining the main dash and door panel interfaces and volumes, including the signature diapason motif. Along with other elements of the interior, the door panel has been redesigned to reduce weight and, combined with the introduction of the H-gate theme on the tunnel, this lends the cockpit a sportier, more modern edge that reflects the car’s racing spirit.

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