Ferrari 812 GTS: Prancing Horse’s latest V12 spider makes South East Asian debut in Malaysia

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Naza Italia, official importer and distributor of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, has announced that the long-awaited Ferrari 812 GTS has made its South East Asia debut on Malaysian soil and is now available for private viewing. The 812 GTS continues on the lineage of Ferrari’s convertible front-mounted V12 and is the brand’s most powerful convertible. It also happens to be the first regular production V12 spider, after a 50 year drought.

Ferrari’s V12 spider story started in 1948 with the 166 MM, which won the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours Le Mans in 1949. The last in the lineage was the 1969 365 GTS4, also known as the Daytona Spider. We know what you’re thinking now: what about the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina in 2000, Superamerica in 2005, SA Aperta in 2010 and F60 America in 2014? Well, those were limited production models meant for Ferrari’s VVIP clientele. Take the F60 America as an example: only 10 units were built to celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year on the American market in 2014.

“The 812 GTS breathes new life into the range, as the first of its kind in five decades. An impressive open-top version of the flagship 812 Superfast, it is a purebred performer that certainly upholds the shining legacy of its predecessors. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to present this highly-anticipated roaring beauty to our discerning clientele,” said Dato’ Nik Hamdam Nik Hassan, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Mechanically, the 812 GTS shares the same 6.5 litre V12 mill as it’s 812 Superfast sibling, which produces 800 PS at 8,500 rpm and 718 Nm at 7,000 rpm with a 8,900 rev limit and mated to a 7-speed F1 DCT. With all that raw power sent to the massive 315/35/20 rubbers on the rear, Ferrari says the 812 GTS will complete the century sprint in under 3 seconds, pip 200 km/h in 8.3 seconds, and towards a vmax of over 340 km/h.

These performance figures closely match the 812 Superfast with the exception of the 200 km/h sprint which is completed just 0.4 seconds slower, due to the extra 75 kg from the additional folding roof. The roof consumes some luggage space in the rear, stowing in just 14 seconds and at speeds of up to 45 km/h.

Accommodating the retractable hard top and its stowage required the rear of the 812 to be modified. With the deletion of the rear-wheelarch by-pass duct, the tonneau cover surfaces were re-sculpted with a triplane wing integrated into the rear diffuser to compensate sufficient downforce from the under-body. Drag, on the other hand, was cut by using the air vents on top of the rear flank to efficiently channel excess pressure build-up out of the wheel well. Similar to the LaFerrari Aperta, the 812 GTS gets two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen to generate a coherent concentrated vortex which eases excess pressure behind the heads of its occupants.

All the tech wizardry from the 812 Superfast has been carried over to the 812 GTS: Electric Power Steering (EPS), Side Slip Control (SSC 5.0), Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV 2.0), E-Diff3, F1-trac, and FrS SCM-E. There’s also Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP) which helps to provide the driver with an indication when the car is close to its limits of adhesion, which also includes Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO) which aids steering wheel torque and optimization of the car’s magnetorheological dampers which ensure its elastic set-up is same as the berlinetta despite the additional 75 kg.

Further differentiating the 812 spider against its berlinetta sibling is a model specific multi-spoke forged wheel, which comes in a choice of three colours: diamond-finish, liquid silver and Grigio Scurio.

Ferrari’s 812 GTS is available from the base price of RM1,538,000 (before duties, customization options, taxes and insurance) and interested parties are advised to make an appointment for private viewing between now and 31st May, or to contact the Ferrari Malaysia Showroom.

7 YEARS MAINTENANCE
Available across the entire Ferrari range is the extended 7 year maintenance programme, which covers all regular maintenance for the first 7 years of the car’s life. This scheduled maintenance is an exclusive service which allows clients the certainty that their car is being maintained at peak performance and safety over the years, and is even available to owners buying pre-owned Ferraris.

Regular maintenance (at intervals of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions), original spares and meticulous checks by staff trained directly at the Ferrari Training Center in Maranello using the most modern diagnostic tools are just some of the advantages of the Genuine Maintenance Programme. The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships on the Official Dealership Network.

Ferrari 812 GTS — RM1,538,000 (before options, duties, taxes)
– 6.5L naturally aspirated V12
– 800 PS at 8,500 rpm
– 770 Nm at 7,000 rpm
– 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox
– 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds
– 0-200 km/h in 8.3 seconds
– Vmax 340 km/h

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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