RE: Ferrari reveals 800hp 812 GTS

RE: Ferrari reveals 800hp 812 GTS

Monday 9th September 2019

Ferrari reveals 800hp 812 GTS

New open-top variant of the epically good Superfast is the most powerful series production spider



Manufacturers like round numbers, especially when it comes to model launches. Imagine Ferrari's delight then when it realised it could make the new open-top 812 appear exactly 50 years on from the debut of the last series production spider to feature a front-mounted V12? That car was the 1969 365 GTS4, a car also known as the Daytona Spider thanks to the firm's success in the 24hrs of Daytona a few years before.

The 812 GTS (not Spider) has no sporting triumph to hang its hat on - but with 800hp from its majestic 6.5-litre V12, it hardly needs an additional hook. Ferrari says it's the most powerful production spider on the market, and we're willing to believe it. Naturally it's the same unit as you get in the 812 Superfast, with peak power arriving at a spine-jangling 8,500rpm to guarantee a level of acceleration "virtually on par" with the coupe.

Its maker also suggests that the full-bodied V12 sound is "particularly appreciable when the roof is open" - a rare moment of understatement from Maranello. Anyone who's had the pleasure of actually hearing the V12 on-song will vouch for the religious experience it'll likely bestow on someone sitting three feet away and unencumbered with a roof.


The replacement of said roof with a retractable hard top (Ferrari's go-to solution for convertibles) is obviously the meat of the GTS's makeover. The entire rear of the car has been redesigned and now features two buttresses beneath which the roof mechanism is stowed. This gives the spider a slightly different signature look - the open-top model gets a reconfigured rear diffuser too to compensate for a missing aerodynamic by-pass on the rear wheel arch - although it remains very recognisably an 812.

While Ferrari was forced into a number of detailed changes to ensure the most efficient flow of air possible over the spider's new body, underneath it's business as usual. The usual strengthening requirements have made the GTS is 75kg heavier than the Superfast, which has in turn required an "optimised calibration" of the car's magnetorheological dampers - but otherwise it retains the 812's chassis and its sophisticated electronics, including version 5.0 of the SSC system and Ferrari Power Oversteer, which specifically manipulates the electric steering feedback to help you get the car straight in the event of you having too much fun.

Elsewhere in the vital statistics, it's notable that you get 210 litres of luggage space and that the weight distribution remains 47/53 front to back. As with the new F8 Spider, the RHT is said to open in 14 seconds and that electric rear screen (which serves as a wind-stop with the roof down) can be lowered when you have the roof up to "luxuriate in the naturally-aspirated V12's unique soundtrack". Count on doing that a-l-o-t.


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Nerdherder

Original Poster:

1,722 posts

55 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Still looks way to busy for my taste, but that subtle grey makes it quite palatable. In terms of the 'religious' experience of the engine as per the article, well, I'm a believer.

aazer89

430 posts

102 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Beautiful

NITO

881 posts

164 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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That is beautiful, it's a pity about the £260k start price because I couldn't afford one frown

Well done Ferrari.

ChevyChase77

1,079 posts

16 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Looks a little strange from the front 3/4 angle and those buttresses.

Apart from the view - looks rather nice.

f1ten

1,922 posts

111 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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ok that's it- I want one!
wow wow wow...

we must celebrate he last of the v12s without any electrical trickery- fabulous thing.

budgie smuggler

4,182 posts

117 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Really nice looking car apart from the back. Looks like someone has gone mental with a ruler and added a load of unnecessary extra lines in. Is it just the poor picture or does the small panel above the number plate not line up with the panel next to it? Steering wheel looks like a cheap Playstation wheel too.

Nonetheless, overall a very good looking car and that V12 though... cloud9

eta: pic of panel I'm talking about


Edited by budgie smuggler on Monday 9th September 10:19

Midgster

435 posts

192 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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budgie smuggler said:
Really nice looking car apart from the back. Looks like someone has gone mental with a ruler and added a load of unnecessary extra lines in. Is it just the poor picture or does the small panel above the number plate not line up with the panel next to it? Steering wheel looks like a cheap Playstation wheel too.

Nonetheless, overall a very good looking car and that V12 though... cloud9

eta: pic of panel I'm talking about


Edited by budgie smuggler on Monday 9th September 10:19
It's just the shadow...taken from another angle....

Alex

9,968 posts

242 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Pet hate: Reviews or stories of convertible cars with no roof-up picture.

av185

12,173 posts

85 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Nice engine.

Those buttresses will not age well.

budgie smuggler

4,182 posts

117 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Midgster said:
It's just the shadow...taken from another angle....
Thanks thumbup

ReverendCounter

4,071 posts

134 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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NITO said:
That is beautiful, it's a pity about the £260k start price because I couldn't afford one frown
There's always the PH Euromillions Syndicate ready to finance your dream car/compound your misery.

Maldini35

2,531 posts

146 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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The official pictures look a lot better than the grainy camera phone pic (no surprise there I guess).

Interesting to note that most pics are taken from height to foreshorten the high-waisted sides.

I'm still not convinced by the styling but to own and drive I'm sure it'll deliver in spades.




J4CKO

31,693 posts

158 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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av185 said:
Nice engine.

Those buttresses will not age well.
My favourite bit, why would they not age well ?

suffolk009

4,130 posts

123 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Alex said:
Pet hate: Reviews or stories of convertible cars with no roof-up picture.
I was just thinking the same thing.

dino_jr

215 posts

134 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Not exactly open top is it? With the windows up, it is effectively a sunroof smile

Burnham

3,619 posts

217 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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J4CKO said:
av185 said:
Nice engine.

Those buttresses will not age well.
My favourite bit, why would they not age well ?
Mine too, I think they are a massive part of why I like this over the standard car.

T1berious

1,339 posts

113 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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suffolk009 said:
I was just thinking the same thing.
+ 2

simonbamg

767 posts

81 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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love it would look great in TGE spec

Court_S

3,363 posts

135 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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I like that. I think it looks rather lovely in the grey not that Ferrari will give two hoots because I haven’t got £260k to drop in a car.

Tom_The_Light_House

41 posts

65 months

Monday 9th September 2019
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Oh My God I am in Ferrari Heaven.

Better looking than the standard 812 I think.

I must be getting old though. In my youth the 348 / 355 mid engine cars were my favourite.
Now days give me the front engined grand tourers, really look the dog bollards.