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From Photographer Matt Wetzel…
Occasionally for Hot car of the Month, a brand new car debuts a week, or even a few days prior to the composition of this piece. Sometimes, it has been a slower month and I need to find a newer car that was debuted perhaps even the month before, however on very rare occasions, a car has its world debut the very day I sit down to type this piece; that is exactly what happened today.
Introducing Maranello’s newest masterpiece, the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Those who have familiarity with the brand going back a few years ago remember the introduction of Ferrari’s 1956 410 Superfast. With Ferrari’s recent trend of recycling previously used names, this next beast fits right in. Using the now outdated and “lacking” (if we can even say that) F12 Berlinetta as a starting point, Ferrari used what it learned in the development of the F12 TDF released a year or so back to make one of their most powerful cars ever.
Like the name suggests, power is up very close to the 800 range, coming in at just a tick below at 790 horse power. This coupled with the upgraded 590lb-ft of torque is enough to propel this prancing horse from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Compared to its ancestor, the 410, which had to make-do with just 375 horse power, and a 0-60 sprint of 5.1 seconds this car is miles ahead, but the overall premise of comfort and speed has not been lost. Ferrari say that this is still a grand touring car, and will come with all of the creature comforts you have come to expect from the Italian marque. The interior not only comes with several creature comforts, but lots of new race-inspired technology as well, which help to cement this car right near the top of Ferrari’s best handling cars. Active aerodynamic flaps are placed front, underside and rear to help aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce, as well as an updated version of the TDF’s four wheel steering. Owners will also get an updated “Side Slip Control,” or SSC as it is known internally, allowing for power slides galore for those willing to try all 790 horses.
Pricing has not been announced for the 812SF yet, though don’t expect them to come in cheap. Based on the F12 Berlinetta and TDF prices, I would expect price point to be high $300K mark, possibly even higher with the right options checked: after all, Ferrari is the home of $25,000 paint jobs, and $3,500 carbon fiber cup holders. Auto show appearances should begin at Geneva this year, with deliveries to VIP customers starting later this year as well.
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Matt Wetzel is a twenty-year-old automotive photographer based in Buffalo, NY.
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