Ferrari Introducing 818 Horsepower V12 for Limited Edition 812 Superfast

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
ferrari introducing 818 horsepower v12 for limited edition 812 superfast

Beset by electric vehicle announcements and planned fueling restrictions, your author has scoured the internet for something you might actually enjoy from the realm of internal combustion. Instead, you’ll be settling for an update on the Ferrari 812 Superfast you couldn’t possibly afford.

The company has opted to make the model a little faster and will be issuing a V12 pushing 818 horsepower while also moving the redline up to 9,500 rpm. Scheduled for an official debut next month, the limited-edition 812 doesn’t have an official name but Ferrari has indicated it will be the meanest GT car in its lineup.

The next incarnation of the 812 is supposed to receive a new valve timing mechanism and upgraded exhaust system — along with some other changes helping to bring peak output past Dodge Demon territory that are being temporarily left to our imagination. Previous Superfast grand tourers offered 789 hp to the rear tires and a redline of 9,000 rpm, which was sufficient for 60 mph jaunts in the high 2-second range. While the powertrain adjustments should be sufficient in bringing down that time even further, it’s the amalgam of performance enhancements that should add up to making one really big difference.

For starters, Ferrari said the special Superfast would be getting the company’s Side Slip Control (SSC) traction and stability control system, which includes rear-wheel steering. The 812 will also see substantially more carbon fiber used to help reduce its overall weight (standard models tip the scales at 3,845 pounds without a driver).

Ferrari said customers can expect to find the material used liberally both inside the cabin and on the vehicle’s exterior. That includes new components designed to further sweeten aerodynamics. Though the most obvious change will be the single piece of aluminum that’s replacing the rear windshield. In addition to giving the car that racetrack look millionaires crave, it’s also supposed to enhance structural rigidity.

Production is likely to be extremely limited and the price tag will definitely eclipse the $330,000 one would normally expect to pay for the 812 Superfast. But Ferrari has assured us that it’s going to be worth it when the car is revealed on May 5th (8:30 a.m. ET).

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  • Marvin Im a current owner of a 2012 Golf R 2 Door with 5 grand on the odometer . Fun car to drive ! It's my summer cruiser. 2006 GLI with 33,000 . The R can be money pit if service by the dealership. For both cars I deal with Foreign car specialist , non union shop but they know their stuff !!! From what I gather the newer R's 22,23' too many electronic controls on the screen, plus the 12 is the last of the of the trouble free ones and fun to drive no on screen electronics Maze !
  • VoGhost It's very odd to me to see so many commenters reflexively attack an American company like this. Maybe they will be able to find a job with BYD or Vinfast.
  • VoGhost I'm clearly in the minority here, but I think this is a smart move. Apple is getting very powerful, and has slowly been encroaching on the driving experience over the last decade. Companies like GM were on the verge of turning into mere hardware vendors to the Apple brand. "Is that a new car; what did you get?" "I don't remember. But it has the latest Apple OS, which is all I care about." Taking back the driving experience before it was too late might just be GM's smartest move in a while.
  • VoGhost Can someone Christian explain to me what this has to do with Jesus and bunnies?
  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.