In the broad, ill-defined spectrum of "modern" Ferraris, thestands supreme in my book. It is as sultry to behold as it is sonorous to hear, not to mention a true joy to drive aggressively. It's also remarkably refined when cruising around town and just an all-round wonderful machine. What can I say, I was pretty smitten back in 2014.
Holding the F12 in such high regard means I'm bringing baggage into this review of the Ferrari 812 Superfast. This, you see, is the 789-horsepower, $337,000 replacement for the F12, a new generation that's dialed up in every way. It's louder, both visually and audibly, more powerful, more extreme to drive and ultimately quite a bit quicker around a racetrack. But is it actually better? Let's explore.
The 812 Superfast inherits that sweetest of Ferrari layouts: a V12 up front sending a few stables worth of ponies through to the rear wheels. Yes, I have full appreciation for the capability of machines like the mid-engined 488 GTB, a car absolutely divine to drive on the road or the track, but when it comes to the overall experience, 12 cylinders firing ahead of you is an awfully hard recipe to beat.
The Good ~ Outrageous performance ~ Best. Sound. Ever. ~ Remarkable, speed-focused technology
The Bad ~ Wide gulf between Sport and Race modes ~ CarPlay is a $4,000 option
The Bottom Line The Ferrari 812 Superfast lives up to its name, but loses some of its day-to-day prowess in the process.
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