Excluding its limited-series hypercars (Enzo, LaFerrari et al), the 812 Superfast is the most powerful production road car that Ferrari has yet made. It has 789bhp, which comes exclusively from an atmospheric 6.5-litre V12 engine.
If the rumours are to be believed and the next ‘all-new’ front-engined V12 Super GT car from Ferrari, due in 2020, will be turbocharged, hybridised or both, we should certainly take the opportunity to salute what is, both in prospect and in practice, a quite monumental piece of engineering.
The heavily modified ‘Tipo F140-GA’ 6496cc V12 has enough new internals that we might as well consider it an entirely different engine even to the F12’s 6262cc unit, although it can also trace roots back to the Ferrari Enzo’s 5998cc mill.
Having been ‘stroked’ to produce the necessary additional cubic capacity, the V12 also has a higher compression ratio than the F12’s engine, as well as a higher-pressure fuel injection system, a redesigned exhaust and the ingenious variable induction system of the F12tdf.
It revs all the way to 8900rpm and it produces 530lb ft at 7000rpm, but 80% of the torque is on tap from just 3500rpm. Aston Martin’s DBS Superleggera, which has yet to make it onto UK roads, won’t get within 70bhp of the 812 on peak power and that’s with the help of turbocharging.