2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast Review

2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast Review

The 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast 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.

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. We appreciate 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.

2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast Review

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. 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.

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As with all Ferraris, the $337,000 starting price here is very much that, a start. Tick all the boxes and you could come close to doubling it, adding tens of thousands of dollars in just interior trim alone. The permutations are too many for me to possibly iterate here, and given so many of them are personal tastes it’d be impossible to make a good recommendation suitable for everyone — beyond the $5,737 nose lift. But, if you have the cash, you can surely get yourself an 812 Superfast exactly how you want it.

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2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast Review

In terms of outright performance, the Ferrari 812 Superfast is a triumph. Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine is set with care into a polished chassis festooned with a world-class suspension, transmission, differential and all the go-fast bits you could ever want. Unleashed and driven in anger, piloted with purpose, it’s a remarkable package that will quite literally leave you breathless.

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It’s also quite easy to drive in a sedate way should you be into that, but there’s an unfortunate gap in between those two extremes. When I wanted to have a spirited drive without going for lap records, I found the 812 to not be the world-conquering all-rounder I’d hoped.

So, if you found the F12 to be too soft for your tastes and you’ve just gotta have a V12, the amped-up, aggro 812 Superfast will be your ideal cup of tea, scalding hot and best served with a warning label or three.

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