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2018 FERRARI 812 SUPERFAST INTERIOR

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812 Superfast. The name tells you a lot about Ferrari’s muscular new front engine coupé. It has 800 horsepower—well, 800 European horses, at least, which translates to 789 American ponies. It has 12 cylinders under the hood. And yes, it’s super fast. Ferrari claims a 0–60-mph time of about 2.8 seconds, with 124 mph coming up in 7.9 seconds, and a top speed of 211 mph. But there’s more to the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast story than just the raw numbers: This might just be the most desirable front-engine Ferrari road car since the legendary Daytona. The 812 Superfast is fundamentally a rework of the acclaimed F12berlinetta. With no need to reinvent the wheel, the engineers at Maranello were able to instead concentrate on sweating the details, focusing on engine, chassis electronics, and aerodynamics to create a car that combined the Berlinetta’s everyday usability with the edgier, track-focused F12tdf’s performance, agility and responsiveness. The F12’s 65-degree naturally aspirated V-12 has been taken from 6.2 liters to 6.5 liters courtesy of an increase in stroke. There’s a new crankshaft, new connecting rods, and new pistons, as well as material upgrades to the block aimed at increasing strength around the main bearings. But the real focus, says powertrain engineer Andrea Napolitano, was on improving breathing efficiency, optimizing combustion, and reducing friction. Redesigned cylinder heads therefore feature larger diameter intake and exhaust valves and new runner designs. Reprofiled camshafts push the inlet valves deeper into the combustion chamber and hold them open longer. VIEW ALL 4 PHOTOS That’s all Tuning 101. The trick stuff includes a new ultra-high-pressure fuel system—a world first on a production car, says Ferrari—that operates at up to 5,076 psi and can change the way it pulses the fuel into the combustion chamber to strike the right balance between performance and emissions. And Ferrari has used its Formula 1 engine experience to design and build a sophisticated electronically controlled continuously variable intake runner system that uses engine oil pressure to alter the length of the intake runners and optimize power and torque. “We wanted an engine with maximum performance at higher engine speeds,” Napolitano says. And by all that Enzo held holy, the 812 Superfast engine delivers. Those 789 ponies arrive in a stampede at a shrieking 8,500 rpm, just 400 rpm before the big V-12 nuzzles the soft limiter. Peak torque of 529 lb-ft is generated at 7,000 rpm, though 424 lb-ft is available at 3,500 rpm. But it’s not what the engine does that impresses the most. It’s how it does it. The 812 purrs around town on part throttle, pulling cleanly from as little as 1,000 rpm, allowing the dual-clutch transmission to shuffle into seventh gear by 35 mph. Throttle response gets crisper as the revs build, enabling you to make the most of the broad swathe of midrange torque. Then you hit 6,000 rpm, and all hell breaks loose. Although most engines feel like they’re starting to fade at these revs, this Ferrari V-12 hits warp drive. The tach needle leaps toward the redline, accompanied by a vivid surge of thrust, and a soundtrack that’s part Pavarotti, part F15 airstrike. Sergio Marchionne has said he’ll never put a turbocharger on a 12-cylinder Ferrari. God bless him: The Superfast’s naturally aspirated V-12 is an engine for the ages. http://www.motortrend.com/news/2018-ferrari-812-superfast-first-drive-review/

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