Ferrari 812 Superfast makes Malaysian debut – mega 789hp/718Nm from 6.5 V12!

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Earlier today, NAZA Italia, official importer and sole distributor of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, pulled the covers off the Ferrari 812 Superfast. The 812 Superfast is Ferrari’s latest and greatest, in a long line of front-engined V12 supercars and was first launched at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this year in March. The stats are frankly, quite staggering:the V12’s capacity has grown from 6.2 to now 6.5 litres and produces 789hp and 718Nm, dispatching the century sprint in just under 3.0 seconds. Holy macaroni, no wonder it’s named Superfast!

Present at the Ferrari 812 Superfast premiere were Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of NAZA World Group of Companies and Mr Dieter Knechtel, CEO of Ferrari Far and Middle East Hub.

“Ferrari has once again pushed the boundaries of its own achievements with the exceptionally futuristic 812 Superfast, the most powerful road-going Ferrari in the marque’s 70 year history. NAZA Italia is thrilled to present this unique model for the first time in Malaysia, for we consistently strive to provide our discerning clientele with a varied and exclusive product line-up, all while infusing passion into the 360 degree customer experience,” said Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of NAZA World Group of Companies.

The mighty supercar ushers in a new era in Ferrari’s 12 cylinder history. It is powered by a new 6.5 litre V12 motor that unleashes 789hp at a giddy 8,500rpm. We don’t have to mention this specifically, but this is a first for any mid-engined car. There’s also 718Nm of torque, 80% of which is available at just 3,500rpm so you know you’re guaranteed instantaneous power should you decide to put your foot down. The engine’s power is further underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by the increased displacement.

As you might expect from Ferrari’s latest and greatest, there is a lot of new tech. The 812 Superfast will be the first Prancing Horse to adopt Electric Power Steering (EPS) with the aim of fully exploiting the car’s performance. This vehicle also sees the introduction of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV), which combines electric front-wheel steering assistance with the mechanical concept built around tyre dimensions and rear-wheel steering. These are integrated with vehicle dynamics control system, based on Side Slip Control (SSC) 5.0 and is intended to improve agility and nimbleness of handling, along with reducing the vehicle’s response time.

Engineering tech aside, the new car also boasts plenty of aerodynamic designs. There’s the new multi-functional frontal section which incorporates a cluster of aerodynamic solutions including active flaps at the front of the under-body, and the rear flank which features an unprecedented aerodynamic bypass which increases downforce. In fact, there’s a whopping 30% more down-force compared to the F12berlinetta, matching the aero wizardry of the F12tdf.

To the side of the air intakes for engine and brake cooling, is a turning vane on the front bumper which channels air striking the car’s front, reducing overall drag. There are developmental guidelines, aimed to achieve exceptionally high aerodynamic efficiency figures through boosting of the downforce that influences a car’s stability without increasing drag. All this is part of Ferrari’s commitment to continually improve performance, both in terms of speed and augmented vehicle dynamics for a more exhilarating driving experience.

On the inside, the 812 Superfast also benefits from a completely redesigned cabin. The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculpted appearance. The seats have been tweak to be sportier and more ergonomic, alongside the new design steering wheel, instrument clusters, infotainment and air-conditioning vents, all of which comply to the new HMI standards.

Wrapping all this up is a new shade of Rosso Settantanni, which commemorates Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. The Ferrari 812 Superfast can be yours, with prices starting from RM1,578,800 (excluding duties and customization options).

You can read more about the 812 Superfast on Ferrari’s microsite here. If you have a dream garage like we do, you can also head over to the 812 Superfast Configurator and start building your car! Here’s how we’d spec ours…

Enjoy our full gallery from this morning’s event below:

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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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