Ferrari 812 Superfast Versione Speciale 26 | 04 | 2021

    JUST BECAUSE IT CAN — and let’s be honest, we’re all delighted it has — Ferrari has unveiled a new limited edition model based on its 812 Superfast, which itself will make its world debut on May 5. Take a deep breath: the special edition is powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine which produces 817bhp. (Related: Salon Prive — Supercar super-day)

    Ferrari has yet to, officially, give the model a name, but earlier this year the model was referred to as a ‘Version Speciale’ 812 Superfast. So we’re happy to stick with that for the moment. It’s also not difficult to see this model as, essentially the 812’s equivalent to the F12tdf. (Related: Ferrari 488 GT Modificata)

    More powerful — the ‘standard’ car is ‘only’ 789bhp — yet lighter than the front-engined V12 berlinetta on which it’s based, the Version Speciale also sees the rev limiter increased to 9500rpm. And in addition to other, more technical modifications to the power unit, there’s also a new exhaust system. We’ll also have to wait for confirmation of performance figures.


    To cope with the increase in power and performance, the limited edition benefits from a number of important chassis and bodywork modifications. The 7.0 version of the brand’s Slip Slide Control traction control system also makes its debut on the car. Plus the hardcore 812 gets the H-gate themed gear selector system found on newer Ferrari models. (Related: Ferrari SF90 Spider is 986bhp hybrid)


    Another first on the 812 Superfast Version Speciale is the introduction of independent four wheel steering; Ferrari says it  introduces a “newfound level of agility and steering responsiveness”. The increased use of carbonfibre throughout the car has also boosted significant weight loss.


    Improved aerodynamics has played a big part in the overall design. In addition to a large carbon-fibre blade which is now integrated into the bonnet, the new model gets a redesigned front end with new air intakes and a wide new chin splitter. (Related: Ferrari reveals SF90 Stradale hybrid)


    But it’s at the rear where the most dramatic modifications have been introduced. Not only is there a new exhaust configuration, but there’s also a new diffuser arrangement with larger airflow tunnels, plus a larger lip spoiler. Gone too is the rear window, replaced by an aluminium panel with vortex generators. (Related: Ferrari's one-off P80/C track car)


    Inside the cabin the changes are more subtle. The dashboard and door linings of the 812 Superfast have been carried over, but the door panels have been redesigned. They’re also lighter than before.

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    Jim McGill


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