Ferrari has launched the new 812 Superfast in India. The Italian supercar has been priced at Rs 5.2 crore (ex-showroom). This ‘base’ price does not include the cost of personalisations and options offered by the company.
The latest in a long line of front-engined, rear-wheel drive V12 Ferrari GTs, the 812 Superfast is a replacement for the F12 Berlinetta. True to its name, the Superfast is, well, super fast; Ferrari claims a 0-100kph time of a scant 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 340kph.
The mid-engine supercar is powered by a bored out version of the 6.3-litre V12 engine that powered the F12. Now displacing 6.5-litres, the high-revving petrol mill churns out a whopping 789bhp of power at 8500 rpm with the peak torque of 718 Nm kicking in at 7000rpm, making the Ferrari V12 one of the most powerful naturally aspirated production engines as of today. The power is laid down by the right set of wheels (yes, rear-wheel drive) through a custom-built Getrag 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
And then you have those carbon ceramic brakes to make sure you stop as well. The active and passive aero bits improve the drag coefficient, increase the downforce, regulate underbody airflow and also make sure that the brakes dissipate heat efficiently as well. The Pirelli P-Zero tyres, 275/20 in the front and 315/20 in the back make sure you never run out of rubber.
As with most Ferrari models, the 812 Superfast looks absolutely stunning. What is almost an evolution of the older F12 but with a lot more aggressive details, the 812 follows the GT philosophy to the T. It has a long and swooping bonnet, a rear set cabin and a short stubby boot, a typical characteristic of almost every front engine V12 powered Ferrari since the likes of the extremely rare and sought after Ferrari 250 series. The Ferrari 812 Superfast also features a host of active aero in the front bumper, underbody and the rear diffuser along with a host of aero aids and carefully placed vents that help with downforce.
We particularly like the sharp and aggressive headlamps that have been mated to a set of slits for cooling the engine and the rear design that features an almost fighter jet inspired quad tailpipe and quad exhaust setup. The 812 Superfast comes in a variety of colours including a range of reds (obviously) along with a loss of historic (on Ferrari V12 cars) colours like hues of blue and silver. That said, we think the 812 in traditional Rosso Corso or Rosso Scuderia will be the most popular with buyers in India
The Ferrari 812 mechanically is also much more advanced as compared to the F12 Berlinetta. It features a new electronic driving aid called ‘Side Slip Control’ that helps you control how sideways you want to go through corners with the help of active and clever electronics. The Ferrari 812 Superfast also gets rear wheel steering.
The 812 Superfast seats two and the cabin is proper modern day Ferrari. Also, in true modern day Ferrari style, buyers will be left spoilt for choice with the level of personalisation. There’s a full range of options from seat stitching to steering wheel finish, all of which come at a price. On average, it is expected 812 Superfast buyers will spec their cars with upwards of Rs 40 lakh worth of options.
The Ferrari 812 will be the flagship Ferrari and will compete with the Lamborghini Aventador in the Indian car market.