Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) upgraded F12 is louder, faster and meaner, is it the ultimate expression of V12 performance.
Overall, of the “modern” Ferraris, the F12 Berlinetta is Tops in my book. It is as sexy to look at, as its sounds are to hear, and joy to drive aggressively.
It is refined when cruising around town and just an all-round Super machine. I liked it in debuted, I like it now.
This, Supercar is the 789-hp, $337,000 replacement for the F12, a new generation that’s dialed up. It’s louder, both visually and audibly, more powerful, more extreme to drive and ultimately quicker around a racetrack.
The 812 Superfast inherits that best of Ferrari layouts: a V12 up front sending a few stables worth of ponies through to the rear wheels. And when it comes to the overall experience, 12 cylinders firing ahead of you is an awfully hard to beat.
Compared to the F12, the ‘Superfast‘ is longer, wider, yet lighter than its predecessor. The earlier 6.3-liter V12 is replaced with a 6.5-liter version of the same, powered up from 730 hp to 789. That’s paired with 530 pound-feet of torque, directed to the rear wheels through a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
The result is a Supercar that’s Ferrari’s fastest regular production car, carrying its highest-power naturally-aspirated V12 ever. That comes down to the technology keeping it all in check, including a more advanced stability and traction control system that can directly integrate everything from the rear-steering system to the new electronic power steering.
The 812 Superfast is the more aggressive looking than the F12, with bigger vents positioned more acutely across the long-nosed body. Where the F12 is sculpted in an almost sensual way, the 812 is molded in a purposeful one. The older car is the more pleasing to my eye, but that more angry visual character in the new 1 is shown in the way it drives.
The steering of the Ferrari 812 Superfast is very sharp. Aided by a new rear-steering system that virtually shortens the car’s wheelbase, just a few degrees of turn 1 way or the other sends this machine slinging around bends that typically needs tapping the brakes and shifting a lower gear.
This Ferrari monitors tire temperature and goes out of its way to tell you when they are cold, requesting you get them up to temperature before tapping into the raciest of driving modes.
The 812 is sluggish in its default driving mode of Sport. The throttle is not lazy, but a lot of it is before getting the kind of response you would expect from a car with 2X the horsepower.
The 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission is smooth and sedate in Sport mode.
Even the carbon-ceramic brakes are easy to modulate and, other than a remarkable amount of road noise and some intimidating dimensions, the 812 is a breeze to motor through town.
Flip over to Race mode to liven things up, and do they get lively. Under even moderate acceleration the 812 spins up its tires without warning in at least the 1st 6 of its 7 gears. Its 0-to-62-mph time of 2.9 secs, as the car leaps forward thanks to both the extra 60 horses and also some shorter gearing.
When pressed, that 6.5-liter V12’s song is absolute magic, the sort of shrill scream that made thousands line up along the front straight at Monza. It’s a song that may not be long for this world, at least in new production cars, but let’s not worry about what the future may hold, for now this is among the world’s best sounding cars.
In Race mode the 812 is very quick and good fun, but a little aggressive for anything short of ultra-aggressive driving. But again, in Sport mode things are simply too sedate. The only other mode is Wet, which takes you further in the wrong direction.
Also putting a damper on streetability is a navigation experience that is functional at best paired with a voice recognition package that is anything but. Apple CarPlay is available as a $4,219 extra.
As with all Ferraris, the $337,000 starting price is a start. Tick all the boxes and you could come close to 2Xing it. But, if you have the cash, you can surely get yourself an 812 Superfast exactly how you want it.
Enzo Ferrari’s iconic Italian Supercar manufacturer claimed the title according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 2019 report launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
HeffX-LTN overall technical outlook for RACE is Very Bullish, overhead resistance is 167.34, and Key support at 165.04. Now 3 Key indicators are Very Bullish, and the stock has established strong long term support ahead of this coming breakout North.
Ferrari finished at 165.30, -3.42 Monday in NY.
Ferrari will continue to create value in the long term. Ferrari is a quality 1st long term luxury products investment, and I see it at 200+/share in that frame.
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