The Last of Its Kind: Ferrari 812 Superfast

We try to keep things attainable on this blog. We don’t spend a lot of time in the world of supercars because so few people ever get the pleasure of driving one home.

Sometimes, though, we just can’t resist. Supercars hold a tempting lure over any car aficionado, because they are the epitome of automotive technology. They are the fastest, most powerful, best-handling, most exotic cars on the market and, quite frankly, sometimes they’re impossible to ignore.

Plus, technology from today’s supercars could very well trickle down to tomorrow’s family sedan.

That may not be the case with the Ferrari 812 Superfast, but it sure is fun to look at, and it gives us an all-new supercar to dream about.

Perhaps the best news about the Superfast, aside from having the storied-but-simple name return for the first time in many years, is that a proper 6.5-liter V12 engine lurks beneath that long Ferrari-red hood. No hybrid technology, no electric motors, just a finely tuned naturally aspirated V12 motor. Just as a Ferrari should be.

If that’s appealing to you, this may be the last Ferrari that you’ll consider purchasing new.

Wired says,

Reports indicate this will be the last Ferrari to pack a naturally aspirated engine, before shifting its focus to powerplants with turbochargers and hybrid assists in the name of improved emissions.

Ferrari’s timing on this last V12 Superfast corresponds with the 70th anniversary of the brand’s first V12 motor.

Ferrari claims a zero-to-62-mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 211 miles per hour come with from the 789-horsepower V12. There will be a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, rear-wheel steering, aero flaps and vents galore, and a price that should easily top $300,000. The 812 Superfast will debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Regardless of the performance stats and technology, this Ferrari embodies the two things that make supercars so special: it’s beautiful and, well, super fast.

Will a hybrid Ferrari be as appealing as that naturally aspirated V12?

-tgriffith

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