Under the bonnet lies a 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 producing 588kW of power at 8500rpm, and 718Nm of torque at 7000rpm making it 43kW more powerful than the outgoing F12 Berlinetta and giving it a 44kW leg-up compared to the Lamborghini Aventador S.
Ferrari says the gains were made by introducing a new high-pressure fuel delivery system as well as variable-length air inlets developed for Formula 1. Rumour has it this will be Ferrari's last pure V12 model before hybrid power and turbos inevitably take over, which could see the Superfast quickly become something of a collector's item in the same vein as Ferrari's 458 Speciale coupe and convertible.
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 340km/h, making the 812 Superfast the fastest model ever offered in Australia.
An updated version of Ferrari’s four-wheel-steer "Virtual Short Wheelbase" system originally offered in the F12tdf, will underpin the new model along with a fresh take on Ferrari's Side Slip Control suite of traction and stability systems.
Coupled with a new electronic power steering system, Ferrari says the result is a car that is "easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit".
Styling for the 812 Superfast was penned in-house by Ferrari (as opposed to using external sources such as Pininfarina), building on the F12's classic fastback lines. Key changes at the rear, include four taillamps instead of two, and the deletion of the F1-style fog light at the bottom of the bumper.
A more aggressive front end features squinting headlamps and a larger grille opening with a blackout treatment leading to a wide and low look for the front intake with the previous model's active front aero flaps hidden under the front floor.
There are fewer changes in the cabin, which is home to a new steering wheel, instrument clusters and driver controls. Ferrari says it has updated the car's infotainment system while resculpting the dashboard to offer a more sophisticated look.
The 812 Superfast name itself pays tribute to classic models in the Ferrari catalogue including the 500 Superfast. That car made its debut at the Geneva motor show in 1964, where it crowned the range as an ultra-exclusive gran turismo powered by a 5.0-litre V12 engine with 400 horsepower (just under 300kW). Ferrari made only three dozen examples of the 500 Superfast.
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