If Ferrari could have their way, the Italian company would continue to make glorious V12-engined cars and not bother with anything else. The V12 Ferraris are certainly more special — both in the way they can almost outrun anything on four wheels and of course in the way they sound. Add a ‘Superfast’ badge, and it’s bound to be something far from ordinary. It’s a Ferrari the way Ferrari wants it to be. The Ferrari 812 Superfast is in a way an epitome of the brand, and at a little over Rs 5 crores, it can be all yours.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast replaces the F12 Berlinetta, so the design isn’t revolutionary. Having said that, it’s sharper and visually more mean-looking than the car it replaces. It sits wide and low, and hence the right stance for a flagship GT. With a midship-mounted engine, it boasts a nicely flowing rear windscreen, too. And aiding its aero abilities is the slew of vents. But don’t let that make you think that the 812’s all about function over form. It’s a Ferrari after all, so there’s enough to keep you hooked on to every time you step out of one.
But what happens when you step inside one. Well, as expected, it’s bound to make you fall in love with itself. It’s a visual delight, the 812’s cabin. It can seat two strictly, and the dashboard is a masterstroke in clean and functional design. It’s only when you look beyond the fine stitching, the colour-coded bits, satin-coloured parts, dollops of carbon fibre, and what’s possibly the best craftsmanship out there, you realise that there’s no touchscreen infotainment system. Which is a relief to be honest, and further aids the design. Also, who’s going to be interested in the virtual world when a sonorous V12 is doubling up as a complete entertainment package.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast comes with a 6.5-litre V12 that makes 800 PS, 718 Nm, and is naturally aspirated. The peak power is produced at 8500 rpm while the peak torque is available at 7000 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sends power to the rear wheels, while there’s a four-wheel steering system available. Combine all this, and you have a claimed 0-100 kmph time of 2.9 seconds. You can continue with the throttle pinned and Ferrari says the car will cross the 200 kmph mark in 7.9 seconds. And it won’t be too long before you hit a top speed of 340 kmph.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is priced at Rs 5.20 crores, ex-showroom. It’s one of its kind, so there’s no point in wondering if that is or isn’t a lot of money to spend on a car. It’s a V12-engined Ferrari, possibly one of the final ones, so that in itself commands a lot. The direct rival is the Lamborghini Aventador. Which like a good sport also runs a V12, has an illustrious history, and is available at around the same price (a bit cheaper, actually). It’s certainly isn’t as focussed, makes less power, but pick up the SVJ version and you’d be looking at a base price of Rs 8.5 crore.
Quite the top-spec Ferrari anyone would want Great handler, tooCons None, actually