The Ferrari 812 Superfast makes its official debut in Malaysia, less than half a year on from its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The newest in a long-line of 12-cylinder grand tourers, the 812 Superfast succeeds the F12berlinetta in a lineage that includes the likes of the 365 GTB Daytona, Testarossa, as well as the 599 GTB Fiorano.
The 812 Superfast’s 6.5-litre V12 sits longitudinally in a front-midship arrangement, positioned just behind the front axle; it connects via a prop-shaft to a rear-mounted 7-speed dual clutch transmission to optimally balance its 1,630 kg kerb weight. Drive goes exclusively to the rear wheels.
Sharing less than 30% of its components with the outgoing F12’s 6.3-litre engine, the Superfast’s 6,496cc V12 is a naturally-aspirated unit redlining at 8,900 rpm – its maximum outputs of 789hp arrives at 8,500 rpm whilst full torque of 718 Nm is twisted out at 7,000 rpm, both numbers well above the redline of many other cars.
To ensure usable day-to-day drivability, Ferrari states that 80% of the engine’s maximum torque is available from 3,500 rpm onwards.
The 812 Superfast is noteworthy for being the first Ferrari to be equipped with electric power steering; it ties in with a rear-wheel steering mechanism and incorporates Side Slip Control (SSC) 5.0 that allows the car to go into controlled drifts around bends.
Much work is put into the 812 Superfast’s aerodynamics. Carefully-designed vents and channels working in concert with active flaps to direct air flow in a manner that best minimizes drag and turbulence whilst enhancing overall downforce, which is improved by 10% from the F12berlinetta.
The 812 Superfast has a base price of RM1,578,800 before options, duties, and other on-road costs. On-the-road pricing will be on per application basis depending on options package selected by buyers after which the vehicle’s duty price can be accurately calculated.