The Ferrari 812 Superfast is already a pretty amazing supercar as it is, though the Italian marque thinks it can do better. This is why we now have the 812 Competizione and Competizione Aperta, both of which are limited in their numbers. As for the 812 Competizione, it will be limited to just 999 samples, whilst the Competizione Aperta will only have 599 of its kind once production ends. If the naming seems a bit confusing, understand that the former is a coupe, while the Aperta is a semi-convertible Targa-top version of the same. Ferrari revealed its latest prancing horses at the new GT Sporting Activities Department, which is situated right next to its famed Fiorano test circuit.
While these supercars are fully road-legal, that is definitely not their natural environment. One look at the 812 Competizione, and you will realize that this thing belongs on a race track, with you hooning it around bends as if there’s no tomorrow. Further affirmation of this notion comes from the 812 Competizione’s lowered stance, massive air intakes in the front bumper, plus an aggressively sculpted front wing and splitter. Oh, there is also the easily noticeable racing stripe running from the hood to the rear wing. Then there are 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels that are coated in an aerospace-derived paint that dissipates heat quicker and more efficiently.
The gorgeous wheels are wrapped with chunky tires specifically meant for track use (with some road use too). These measure 275mm up front, with the rear being 315-section rubber. Furthermore, the massive ceramic brakes have their own dedicated cooling and ventilation channels so as to keep them in optimum condition no matter how hard you pummel them. In fact, there’s so much aerodynamic trickery going on with the 812 Competizione, only a qualified Ferrari technician can explain them adequately. On the design front, Ferrari’s Styling Centre has made use of the 812’s chiseled physique to amalgamate features that accentuate the many 3D surfaces and the various louvers over a body that won’t be far from something Michelangelo would imagine.
In the case of the 812 Competizione Aperta, the most apparent design change comes from the lack of a typical hard-top roof. Apart from that, you can also see that the Aperta features a completely different rear window aperture (if you can call it that). Where the ‘standard’ 812 Competizione sports an almost-completely-sealed rear panel, the Aperta gets a tiny slit from where you could (kind of) spot what’s behind you. Then again, we are talking about a race-bred Ferrari supercar here – what’s behind you doesn’t matter all that much. However, the rear facade of both of these prancing horses looks mighty aggressive yet remains absolutely functional.
The massively scooped-out rear bumper houses dedicated exit air channels. Moreover, there is the humongous air diffuser that also integrates the 812 Competizione’s twin exhaust pipes. Further up, the back of the Ferrari Competizione sports full-LED tail lamps and a thinner but fully functional rear wing. Combine the rear diffuser with that sculpted wing, the Ferrari 812 Competizione produces well over 25 percent more downforce over the ‘standard’ 812 Superfast.
And then you get to the interior of the 812 Competizione, and this is where functionality merges seamlessly with eye-candy. Everything your retinas pick up is either covered in carbon fiber and/or premium Alcantara or leather. In typical Ferrari fashion, the driver-centric cockpit is central to the whole experience. Oh, the passenger gets a dedicated digital display that provides all vital information paramount for the drive.
The thin carbon-fiber bucket seats look fantastic and are upholstered in leather and Alcantara. Of course, you could customize them a little. As expected from a Ferrari, the multi-functional steering wheel houses pretty much all of the necessary controls and buttons. Smack in front of the driver is also an analog tachometer, flanked by two customizable digital screens.
When it comes to the Competizione Aperta, Ferrari has fitted it with a special flap that diverts high-energy air in such a way that it won’t make you lose your Vogue-cover-worthy hairdo. Now, let’s get to the meat of the matter – the 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine. Producing a time-continuum rupturing 818hp, this is the most powerful production V12 powerplant in any Ferrari.
Revving all the way to a fantastic 9,500 rpm, this beautiful V12 chucks out 692Nm and only has to contend with a mass of 1.5 tons. This, along with the 812 Competizione’s near-perfect weight distribution and a lightning-fast 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, means that acceleration is truly epic. For instance, the sprint from 0 to 100 kmph is tackled in just 2.85 seconds, with 200 kmph blitzing past in only 7.5 seconds. Meanwhile, the top speed of the Ferrari 812 Competizione is north of 340 kmph. So, yes, this is a pretty fast automobile.
Pricing? Well, it doesn’t matter. This is because all samples of the 812 Competizione and the Competizione Aperta have been sold! Ridiculous? Yes. Surprising? No.
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