Ferrari 812 Superfast: why we should be excited
The numbers for the 789bhp 812 Superfast are astonishing, and there are plenty of other reasons why we can’t wait to drive Ferrari’s fastest series model
Two things immediately grab about the Ferrari 812 Superfast: the slightly cringe-worthy nomenclature (which, I suppose, you might just as well love as hate) and the 789bhp V12 engine (which I fail to see how anyone could object to).
But getting into the detail, the new electromechanical power steering set-up, improved side-slip control and virtual short-wheelbase system all make me even more excited for a drive.
Ferrari has held out longer than most car-makers before making the switch to ‘EPS’ power steering.
Plenty of engineers claim a hydraulic set-up still suffers less friction and delivers greater feedback, but electric ones have become much more powerful over the last five years and now offer much greater tuning potential.
Ferrari has tended towards lighter rim feel and increasingly high-geared racks these past few years, too – making seamless integration of an EPS quite a challenge.
I missed the opportunity to drive the F12tdf, but colleagues tell me it’s a mightily imposing machine, so refining the effect of that car’s side slip control and virtual short-wheelbase systems will probably be key to giving the 812 Superfast the broader appeal and better approachability it’ll need.
It may sound crazy but this car can’t afford to be all white-knuckle excitement; the best V12 Ferraris knew how to tour with moderation as well.