After what looked like an endless string of rumors and spy shots, the hotter Superfast 812 is finally here. Well, almost. Ferrari has released a few introductory images and technical specifications ahead of its first program run on May 5 – thus confirming rumors we first heard on the FerrariChat forums.
We’ll have to wait for the first time in two weeks to find out the official name of the car as Maranello currently refers to the 812 amped-up simply as a “special version” (Versione Speciale). The VS looks far more aggressive than the “standard” Superfast while staying as beautiful as a modern Prancing Horse should be.
It adopts a larger air intake at the front where the rudder lip is sticking more than before and the bumper corner has aerodynamic wings to maximize airflow. Looking at the profile shows side vents behind the rear wheels, suggesting that this is not a normal Superfast. The standard model’s rear glass has made room for a body-colored aluminum panel with carbon fiber aero elements that look like louvers when viewed above.
The rear air vents further indicate that special attention has been paid to aerodynamics, while quad round exhausts have been replaced by two rectangular vertical sections and pushed towards the bumper corners. They are on either side of an inflated carbon fiber diffuser with multiple wings under the car to channel air.
Details of the engine are sparse for the time being, but they are enough to ease the wait until May 5. The V12 has been massaged to deliver a staggering 830 horsepower, making it the most powerful combustion engine given ever in a road car by Ferrari. Yes, the SF90 Stradale and LaFerrari are generally more powerful, but pull out the hybrid component and the 812 VS has the edge if we talk strictly about the ICE.
It is also the highest-revving Ferrari road car ever, with full horsepower kicking in at 9,500 rpm. To put these perspectives into perspective, the regular Superfast produces 800 hp at 8,500 rpm, so 1,000 rpm more should convert to an incredible soundtrack provided by a dying breed – the absorbed V12 ‘ naturally.
Torque has not been revealed for the time being, although we do expect a slight hit over the 530 pound-feet (718 Newton-meters) at 7,000 rpm provided by the 6.5-liter unit inside the Superfast. Combining the aero tweaks with the added power, you can be assured that Ferrari has found a way to make the Superfast even faster. The VS should break the acceleration of the standard model already snapping a neck: 0 to 62 mph (100 km / hr) in 2.9 seconds, 0 to 124 mph (200 km / hr) in 7.9 seconds, and a top speed of 211 mph ( 340 km / h).
Other details shared by Ferrari in this preview include the implementation of four-wheel steering again, along with a new version of its proprietary Slide Control vehicle dynamics system. Weight loss achieved through extensive use of carbon fiber both indoors and outdoors is also promised, which means the VS will tip the scales below the 1,525 kilograms (3,362 lbs, dry) of the Superfast.
That’s all for now. An 812 VS world premiere equipped with the “most noble Ferrari engines” will be live-streamed, so check back on May 5 to find out the car and its official name.