The days of the traditional internal combustion engines are numbered, and electrification and other alternative fuels are the future. When they eventually go out for good, though, the automotive world will look back at some of the most iconic models, like the Ferrari 812 Superfast, which sits at the top of the Prancing Horse’s range.
Succeeding the F12 Berlinetta, it is a two-seater grand tourer with a front mid-engine layout and rear-wheel drive. It has a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 under that very long hood that pumps out 789 HP (800 PS / 588 kW) and 530 lb-ft (718 Nm) of torque. The 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) is dispatched in just 2.9 seconds, and even though it feels like it can hit warp speed, it will eventually run out of breath at 211 mph (340 km/h), and there are very few places on our planet where one can reach such speeds safely and legally.
It may be billed as a GT, but the 812 Superfast is actually more of a supercar. It certainly has the numbers on its side, aided by the advanced aerodynamics, firm suspension and even rear-wheel steering that makes the wheelbase feel shorter than it actually is. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission features short and fast gear changes and the very sharp steering contributes to the unique experience provided by the car. The safety systems have your back in case you are too overenthusiastic on the controls and can get you out of some very serious situations.
The interior looks just as driver-focused as the exterior, with everything bathed in high-quality materials. The traditional controls are a fingertip away, as most of them can be found on the steering wheel, and even the passenger is included in this magic as they have a secondary screen right in front of them that displays the traveling speed, G-force readout and so on. The comfort part is not neglected either, as it features cup holders, USB ports and smartphone integration.
The 812 Superfast may have a bold name, but it is one bold ride that impressed Rory Reid, who got the chance to drive it shortly after the lockdown in the UK ended. What did he have to say about it? Quite a lot of things, but that’s for you to find out by watching the following video.