RE: Ferrari 812 Superfast: Showpiece of the Week

RE: Ferrari 812 Superfast: Showpiece of the Week

Monday 29th April

Ferrari 812 Superfast: Showpiece of the Week

Why wait a year for your own spec, when one this good is already available?



As the array of configuration possibilities for new cars continues to increase, so actually specifying one must be getting more and more difficult. Hardly a national emergency, sure, but for something as personally important as a car purchase you'd want it to be right. With ever more choice, so the chance of choosing something that doesn't suit increases.

What if that leather combination doesn't quite work in real life? What if the seat itself isn't exactly right? When even the colour of the tachometer dial can be chosen, there's a lot of responsibility to get everything just so, to end up with something you actually like and - as importantly to some - to make sure it's desirable should you come to sell.


While a car like the Ferrari 812 Superfast doesn't require any deliberating between engine or suspension, then, there are still a lot of decisions to make regarding materials and equipment. Plus there's the concern about Ferrari heritage, what's appropriate for a front-engined V12 and what isn't. Then there's the wait; this isn't going to be a few weeks from order to delivery, not by a long stretch. What if, heaven forbid, you changed your mind?

All of which makes a car like this 812 - one tastefully specced, very low mileage and immediately available - all the more interesting. While not as wild as the limited-run TdF that preceded nor as vital to the brand as something like the F8 Tributo, the 812 is a phenomenal car. Chiefly that's due to the 6.5-litre V12, as fine an advert for atmospheric engines as there'll ever be; combine it with one of the best dual-clutch transmissions in the world and a chassis with the sort of agility previously unheard of in a front-engined car of this weight, and it's an intoxicating experience. Of all the cars to have to wait many months for, rest assured this is going to be worth it.

But here there's no need. While £360k will represent some kind of premium over list, it likely won't be the crazy excess that has to be paid on limited run models. And while it is a rather terrifying £100k over the most basic price, it's hard to imagine any Superfasts leaving Maranello at less than £300,000 when Alcantara boot carpet is £960, the carbon steering wheel with shift lights is £2,880 and those near-mandatory Scuderia shields are more than £1,000. It all adds up...


While the temptation must surely always be there to take a Ferrari fully over the top, this 812 is particularly nicely done. Grey with red is a timelessly stylish combination, this car's rather subdued exterior offset by a very racy interior and, to be frank, the thrill of an 800hp and rear-wheel drive - you'll struggle to care too much about the paint after about 15 minutes. There are others available on PH at the moment, though could red or yellow maybe be a little obvious? A car like the Superfast will never be truly sublte, though there's some appeal - from here, at least - in going a little under the radar.

Finally, while every 812 currently for sale is more than £300,000, it's worth noting that the Superfast is more powerful than an F12 Tdf, and typically regarded as a more resolved, less intimidating car to drive as well. Yet one of those will cost more than £700,000, thanks to its limited run status. So now 'almost good value' can be added to the 812's long list of talents, or at least in the bizarre world of supercars it can. So while some will only ever consider a red Ferrari, it's easy to see the appeal of this more subdued spec to everybody else. Why it didn't suit the original owner isn't clear, though their loss could stand to be another's considerable gain...

See the original advert here.




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TheBigUnit

Original Poster:

361 posts

133 months

Monday 29th April
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Typically, Ferraris don’t appeal to me like Astons or Lamborghinis but that is absolutely beautiful.

cmoose

44,343 posts

170 months

Monday 29th April
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Good lord modern Donkey is hideous, inside and out. Cabin of this thing looks like it was cobbled together using parts recovered from a five year old gaming PC.

easytiger123

1,701 posts

150 months

Monday 29th April
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The interior is a bit too Michael Jackson's leather jacket for my tastes.

MDL111

3,451 posts

118 months

Monday 29th April
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those look like the painted shields, I think that is a c 10k USD option from memory
I still can't get along with those front lights, but they are amazing cars to drive

mrclav

791 posts

164 months

Monday 29th April
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easytiger123 said:
The interior is a bit too Michael Jackson's leather jacket for my tastes.
Or even Eddie Murphy's... laugh


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CyCy

120 posts

21 months

Monday 29th April
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So much want, it's almost unbelievable. I'd sell my left nut for an 812.

While this spec is nice, there's a tasty one on Autotrader that's tdf Blue with a tan, Daytona interior with black inserts. Utterly, utterly gorgeous. Only iffy thing is, I know it's owned by the Kahn blokes and has been a "test" car for his prototype wheels. Read on fchat there was a murmur about the car being a test mule for some Kahn bodykit stuff too. Not sure what that entails, but if the car is all OEM, that'll be the one, imo.

Turbobanana

1,337 posts

142 months

Monday 29th April
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Photos look like it's been voted off X-Factor.

Mike 83

9 posts

1 month

Monday 29th April
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The cars alright but I love the x hedges!

Maldini35

2,004 posts

129 months

Monday 29th April
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These are big, hefty cars in the flesh.
At 1744kg kerb weight they aren't light either.
I find the styling heavy handed and a touch gauche but then it was designed to appeal to a certain buyer (hence the Jacko interior).

Reviews seem mixed. The gist of it is: the engine is a masterpiece but the car is too fidgety for a GT and too heavy for a sportscar.
That said, I haven't driven one and they are undeniably quick.
I'm sure they great fun on the right road, just a shame it isn't prettier.


Fetchez la vache

5,138 posts

155 months

Monday 29th April
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Luckily, I've never really liked red leather interiors...

wab172uk

1,300 posts

168 months

Monday 29th April
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Nice, But for the money I'd rather have a lightly used GTC4 Lusso, and a GT3.

But I suppose those lucky enough to buy one of these have a few cars anyway.

m.barnes

98 posts

152 months

Monday 29th April
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saw this driving down the road Wednesday. It worked for me!!

simonbamg

244 posts

64 months

Monday 29th April
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Needs black wheels

seawise

1,460 posts

147 months

Monday 29th April
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It's a Ferrari - you can spec any colour/materials/combination you wish for. Granted the advertised car interior is not to everyone's taste, you can obviously go for a more restrained hue. Mine below :


ghost83

2,929 posts

131 months

Monday 29th April
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seawise said:
It's a Ferrari - you can spec any colour/materials/combination you wish for. Granted the advertised car interior is not to everyone's taste, you can obviously go for a more restrained hue. Mine below :

Prefer that leather

Sandpit Steve

155 posts

15 months

Monday 29th April
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Because everyone who drove an F12 thought “Lovely car, but really could do with 10% more power”. redface

Possibly the last and finest generation of that n/a V12 though. Want. Lots.

mat205125

15,540 posts

154 months

Monday 29th April
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ghost83 said:
seawise said:
It's a Ferrari - you can spec any colour/materials/combination you wish for. Granted the advertised car interior is not to everyone's taste, you can obviously go for a more restrained hue. Mine below :

Prefer that leather
yes

Much less "GT86"

Ares

8,484 posts

61 months

Monday 29th April
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Complaints on this thread are like my wife trying to find a house 'we' like.


"It's lovely, perfect number of rooms, external garage, external office, separate dining room, extra bedroom for daughter's sleep-over, great kitchen/bathrooms, 2nd lounge...... but I'm not quite sure about the direction of the stairs...or the colour of the roof tiles. On the garage." rolleyes

Insert_Name_Here

14 posts

1 month

Monday 29th April
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TheBigUnit said:
Typically, Ferraris don’t appeal to me like Astons or Lamborghinis but that is absolutely beautiful.
Agreed. Everything from F430 onwards has gone a bit wrong to my eye (although i'd make an exception for a LaFerrari). That said, seeing an 812 in the metal has made me want one of these big time! Amazing bit of kit.

ghost83

2,929 posts

131 months

Monday 29th April
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Insert_Name_Here said:
Agreed. Everything from F430 onwards has gone a bit wrong to my eye (although i'd make an exception for a LaFerrari). That said, seeing an 812 in the metal has made me want one of these big time! Amazing bit of kit.
See I like the pista but not the specialé I love the side shape of the 360cs and scud love the 355

Do like the f12 though and tdf seen both now! Actually think the f12 is nicer than the super fast tbh