Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Why I will not buy this Ferrari for my wife
This is a review of the Ferrari 812 Superfast. We were given to opportunity to take the only unit in Malaysia out for a test drive. Even the few Malaysian buyers have not taking delivery of their cars at press time as production in Italy is ongoing for this fast Ferrari.
The starting price for this Ferrari 812 Superfast is RM1,388,000.00 (price is without taxes, duties & customization options). I would think my money will be better appreciated by buying my wife a Porsche Macan ‘S’ or a Range Rover Velar.
The 812 Superfast’s exceptionally futuristic, finely-honed lines is best appreciated by a man and not a woman, and this is a fact as it is a very sexy looking car with its long shapely bonnet and short sexy rear just like the classic Ferrari 365 GTB4 (Daytona) from 1969.
That engine’s output has been boosted by 60hp compared to the F12berlinetta, so that it unleashes a massive 800hp, 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.
The 812 Superfast was designed for drivers who demand the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range. They want a blisteringly high-performance car and this Ferrari delivers power that is better appreciated by men looking to prove a point with their friends and business partners. Top speed of 340km/h is easily achieved.
This Ferrari V12 has a significant 80% of maximum torque available at just 3,500 rpm which means boundless power and acceleration which can only be exploited by a driver with high testosterone which means a receding hairline male hero. Yes, its 0-100km/h acceleration time of 2.9 seconds will push your forehead back.
The 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 8,900rpm. 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.
This 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 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. Which brings you to a complete stop without any hesitation when needed.
The 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness with a high tail holding up a visually aggressive rear spoiler designed to guarantee downforce and impressively muscular wheel-arches it’s a handsome beast. 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 Ferrari 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 Ferrari 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and the very compact cabin without sacrificing its space or that of the boot.
The cabin has been radically redesigned unlike any other Ferrari to date. Its lavish in its choice of materials and the comfort level for the driver and passenger makes it a proper tourer. 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.
Superfast Is Not For The Wife
By now you should understand clearly why I will not buy this Ferrari 812 Superfast for my wife. Its my car and that is that!
Ferrari 812 Superfast Specifications
Power: 800bhp @ 8500rpm
Torque: 718Nm @ 8900rpm
Transmission: F1 Dual-Clutch
Top speed: 340km/h
Price: From RM1,388,000.00 before taxes