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Ferrari 812 Superfast

Take a look at the fastest, most powerful Ferrari ever - the 812 Superfast

Superfast by name, superfast by nature.

FERRARI WILL DEBUT its new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The 812 Superfast is the successor to the mighty F12 and is the fastest, most powerful Ferrari in the marque’s history.

The car was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre and its very sporty lines and proportions emphasise its performance credentials.

The 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969. The wheel arches are muscular and the design of the flanks visually shortens the tail making this car look very imposing.

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Up front, the full-LED headlights have been integrated into the design of the air intakes and around the back, four round tail-lights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines. All of these combine to give the 812 Superfast traffic-stopping good looks and a broad, imposing stance.

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Aerodynamic features include active flaps at the front of the underbody and a rear flank which features a bypass to increase downforce.

The car pictured is in a new Rosso Settanta colour, which marks Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.

Ferrari says it is the first of its cars to get EPS (Electric Power Steering), instead of hydraulic steering, which “is used to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance through the complete integration with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls”.

It is combined with the 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SSC) which aids powersliding as does the four-wheel steering pinched from the F12tdf, and the fact that 80 per cent of the torque is available at 3,500rpm.

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OK, on to the engine and performance. The heavily tuned 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, mounted up front, produces 789hp (20hp more than the insane F12tdf) and has a massive 718Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a dual clutch gearbox. This means the Ferrari can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of more than 340km/h.

These performance figures are achieved by adopting a high pressure 350 bar direct injection system and pairing it with clever variable geometry intake tracts based on those of old naturally-aspirated F1 engines.

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