Being the fastest Ferrari is a big deal. The Italian automaker has produced speedy cars for a long time, and nothing that rolls off the line in Maranello could ever be classified as “slow.” That heritage is why there is so much attention paid when a new Ferrari inherits the honor of being the fastest. And at the Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari will reveal the latest top dog, er, top Prancing Horse: the 812 Superfast.
The 812 Superfast takes the “call a spade a spade” approach to naming. Instead of a fancy moniker that rolls off the tongue acrobatically, Ferrari just went with Superfast. It’s funny to picture the conversations at company headquarters that led to the name. (“Well, it does go super fast. What if we just called it Superfast?”) Regardless of what you call it, the 812 Superfast is impressive. It builds off of the F12 Berlinetta and F12 TDF, but has a new 6.5 liter V12 engine that promises an exhilirating drive on the highway or the track.
The V12 produces 800 horsepower and 718 foot-lb of torque, which allows it to accelerate from 0-62 in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 211.2 miles per hour.
The 812 Superfast has fastback body with a high tail that borrows design language from the 1969 365 GTB4. When you’re inside the car, key elements of the dashboard appear as though they’re floating. And the sound of the engine is such that you could be plenty happy just thwapping the gas pedal while the car stands still.
Ferrari did not release any information about how many of the 812 Superfasts will be made or what they will cost. But, as with all things Ferrari, the answer is probably “not that many” and “a whole helluva lot.”