The major change is an increase in capacity from 6,282cc to 6,496cc thanks to a longer stroke, together with reductions in internal friction. The power is both real and sensory, in that the gear ratios are shorter to further improve responsiveness.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the 812 Superfast certainly looks the part. The influence of the F12 is clear but study it closely and there’s a huge amount of aerodynamic trickery incorporated in the sleek design so there’s no need for ungainly spoilers and bodywork addenda. The airflow around the front, the sides and the wheels is managed by a system of ducts incorporating active and passive aerodynamics to produce downforce while reducing lift and turbulence around the high tail, which is reminiscent of the famed 365 GTB4 'Daytona' of 1969.
Inside, Ferrari has retained the feeling of space and comfort that buyers of its V12s demand, although there’s a sportier look compared with the F12, along with new seats, steering wheel and instrument clusters, as well as upgraded infotainment and air-conditioning units.
That aircon was put to the test as we drove the 812 on the roads around the Ferrari factory in Maranello in 36-degree heat, together with a few laps of the company’s Fiorano test track.