And nope, there’s not a turbo in sight. This is all pure naturally-aspirated V12, a new and almost certainly final version of the 6.3-litre unit from the F12, the car on which the new flagship Ferrari is based. In 812 Superfast form, the V12’s cubic capacity has grown to 6.5-litres. The V12 of its 1947 ancestor was just 1.5-litres!
Without forced aspiration or hybridisation, however, the 812 Superfast still keeps one foot in the past. Ferrari even evokes the 365 GTB/4 as a design influence around the kicked-up tail. A modern-day Daytona? In some ways yes, but in others the 812 Superfast is resolutely modern, introducing new electronic chassis control systems as well as Ferrari’s first electric steering.
But what about that engine, surely destined to go down in history as the ultimate of its genre? Maximum power of 789bhp is developed at 8,500rpm – and who wouldn’t just love to hear what that sounds like?
With a specific output of 121bhp per-litre Ferrari says it is ahead of any other front-engined production car ever (the 6.3-litre TdF has “only” 770bhp). Torque peaks at 530 lb-ft when the tacho needle hits an almost-as-heady 7,000rpm, although Ferrari says 80 per cent of twist is available from 3,500rpm. Maybe, but the real thrills here are surely all top-end.
Does the most powerful Ferrari engine (in full production, so excluding LaFerrari) make this the fastest Ferrari? It does. The 1,525kg car dismisses 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds on its way to a 211mph top speed.