2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast review: Turned up to 12

Auto posted on 12/26/2019 9:48:39 PM by Noman , Likes: , Comments: 1, Views: 467

2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast review: Turned up to 12
Ferrari's upgraded F12 is louder, faster and meaner, but is it still the ultimate expression of V12 performance?

The platform

The 812 Superfast inherits that sweetest of Ferrari layouts: a V12 up front sending a few stables worth of ponies through to the rear wheels. Yes, I have full appreciation for the capability of machines like the mid-engined 488 GTB, a car absolutely divine to drive on the road or the track, but when it comes to the overall experience, 12 cylinders firing ahead of you is an awfully hard recipe to beat.

Especially when they fire like this. Compared to the F12, the Superfast is slightly longer and wider, yet lighter than its predecessor. The earlier 6.3-liter V12 is replaced with a 6.5-liter version of the same, powered up from 730 hp to that ridiculous figure of 789. That's paired with 530 pound-feet of torque, directed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.


The result is a car that's Ferrari's fastest regular production car, carrying its highest-power naturally-aspirated V12 ever. A lot of that comes down to the technology keeping it all in check, including a more advanced stability and traction control system that can directly integrate everything from the rear-steering system to the new electronic power steering.

Holding the F12 in such high regard means I'm bringing baggage into this review of the Ferrari 812 superfast. This, you see, is the 789-horsepower, $337,000 replacement for the F12, a new generation that's dialed up in every way. It's louder, both visually and audibly, more powerful, more extreme to drive and ultimately quite a bit quicker around a racetrack. But is it actually better? Let's explore.