Ferrari 812 Superfast: A 789bhp sledgehammer for the street

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Ferrari has just unveiled its new 812 Superfast, a V12-engined super-coupe that will take pride of place at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

The new supercar, which is the most powerful series production Ferrari to date, retains the naturally aspirated V12 of the F12 Berlinetta and F12 tdf on which it is based. However, the engine's been uprated and its displacement increased from 6.3 litres to 6.5 litres.

The result is an almighty 789bhp at 8500rpm, which is sent to the tail via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A total of 530lb ft is also on offer, once you've wound that sonorous V12 up to 7000rpm.

Ferrari claims that the Superfast will sprint from 0-62mph in 2.9sec, and that if you've enough room it will exceed 211mph. Just don't expect it to returned the claimed average of 19mpg while doing so...

Looks fast, and is. Ferrari says the tail takes styling cues from the 365 GTB4 of 1969.

The V12-engined Ferrari, which commemorates 70 years of the brand and adopts some of the styling updates seen in the recent GTC4 Lusso, features a range of new tech. Outside of its upgraded engine, one key change is the fitment of Ferrari's first electronic power steering system.

No doubt a few enthusiasts' eyebrows will be raised by this fact, but Ferrari claims the system allows drivers to get the best out of the car. An updated version of Ferrari's Side Slip Control system is standard, ensuring owners can better enjoy their Superfast without having to push it too close to its limits.

The Superfast isn't any quicker than the track-focused F12 tdf, however. Like the standard F12, the Superfast has a quoted kerb weight of 1525kg – when fitted with a few optional lightweight parts, according to the release – which is 110kg more than the F12 tdf.

The car features a new red paint, called 'Ross Settanta', which celebrates the company's 70th anniversary.

So, despite having an extra 19bhp and 10lb ft, the Superfast won't out-drag its counterpart. Stat fans will also be keen to know that the new V12 won't make its full 789bhp until the car's moving, either, as Ferrari attributes some 5bhp of its output to a ram-air effect.

A revised four-wheel-steering system, lifted from the F12 tdf, should serve to improve the new Ferrari's agility. The Superfast's seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox has been revamped, with new gear ratios that better suit the engine, and is claimed to shift even quicker than before.

Upgrades inside include a restyled dash, more supportive seats and a new steering wheel.

Inside, you'll find a new steering wheel, an overhauled instrument cluster and a more modern, lean design. The media system's been upgraded, too.

Ferrari says: "The 812 Superfast is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range: an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners enjoy it as an all-round experience."

The Superfast is claimed to be capable of 0-62mph in 2.9sec.

There's no formal word on pricing yet but expect the 812 Superfast to command a premium over the £240,000 F12 Berlinetta.

We'll find out more in due course, however, when the new Ferrari is revealed in full at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March.

Performance is on a par with the less powerful F12 tdf, due to the Superfast's higher kerb weight

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