You might be looking at the end of an era. In the shark nose of the Ferrari 812 GTS is a 6.5-litre V12 engine, free of turbos and able to rev to almost 9,000rpm as a result. It’s already a certified all-time great from its starring role in the regular 812 Superfast, if ‘regular’ is ever relevant terminology with cars such as these. It’s mesmeric in its noise and delivery as well as being a work of art to look at.
Will the naturally aspirated V12 live on at Ferrari, free of turbos or electrical assistance? Only time will tell. So let’s enjoy this roofless 812 like it’s the last application, savouring every glorious note belted out by the 12-cylinder masterpiece up front.
The 812 GTS is a new thing in more ways than one. Previously, the convertible versions of Ferrari’s V12 GT cars have been limited-run specials. Think the 550 Barchetta, with its floppy piece of canvas useful only for keeping your seats dry whilst parked up. Or the 575M Superamerica, a complex flipping targa top with its – ahem – ‘curious’ rear proportions.
The unveiling of this flagship V12 berlinetta is particularly significant, as Ferrari’s noble V12 heritage has its roots in the founding of the company 70 years ago. Ferrari remains to this day the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports cars with 12-cylinder engines throughout that time.
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12, the 812 Superfast is the benchmark in the mid-front-engined sports car segment, achieving its maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, which ensures the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is the exclusive characteristic of Ferrari’s V12s. Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving driveability and pick-up at low revs.
The car was launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.
The 812 Superfast was unveiled to select guests and clients in Dubai following which the car will be showcased in a series of private previews at the Ferrari Challenge event being held at the Yas Marina Circuit at Abu Dhabi on April 8.
The 812 Superfast is open for bookings through the Al Tayer Motors showroom in Dubai and the Premier Motors showroom in Abu Dhabi.
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This scheduled maintenance programme for the car is an exclusive service that allows clients the certainty that their car is being kept at peak performance and safety over the years.
The Genuine Maintenance programme further broads the range of after-sales services offered by Ferrari to satisfy clients wishing to preserve the performance and excellence that are the signatures of all cars built in Maranello which itself has long been synonymous with leading-edge technology and sportiness.
Type V12 – 65°
Overall displacement 6496 cc
Bore and stroke 94 mm x 78 mm
Max. power output* 588 kW (800 cv) at 8,500 rpm
Max. torque* 718 Nm at 7,000 rpm
Max. engine speed 8,900 rpm
Compression ratio 13.64:1
Dimensions and weight
Length 4,657 mm
Width 1,971 mm
Height 1,276 mm
Wheelbase 2,720 mm
Front track 1,672 mm
Rear track 1,645 mm
Kerb weight** 1,630 kg
Dry weight** 1,525 kg
Weight distribution 47% front – 53% rear
Fuel tank capacity 92 litres
Wheels & tyres
Front 275/35 ZR20; 10” J x 20”
Rear 315/35 ZR20; 11.5” J x 20”
Front 398 mm x 38 mm
Rear 360 mm x 32 mm
Transmission/gearbox 4WS/ 7-speed F1 DCT/ E-Diff3
Electronic controls SSC5/CST with F1-Trac, ESP 9.1 Premium with
High-performance ABS/EBD, dual-coil SCM-E
Max. speed 340 km/h
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
0-200 km/h 7.9 sec
100-0 km/h 32
Dry weight/power 1.9 kg
Fuel consumption*** 14.9 l/100 km
Emissions*** 340g CO2/km
* Engine power is expressed in kW, in accordance with the International System of Units (SI) and in CV for reasons of homogeneity. With 98 octane-rated petrol
**With optional equipment
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)
There’s been important fiddling in places you might not think to look, too. A redesigned rear diffuser helps the GTS’s aerodynamics match those of the Superfast, while there’s technology borrowed from the LaFerrari Aperta to eradicate turbulence inside the cabin, whereby “two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen generate a coherent concentrated vortex that creates outwash in the velocity field immediately above the rear screen”. So now you know. Time to see if it all works…