First Impressions: All-New Special-Version of Ferrari 812

After months of speculation and some occasional leaks, Ferrari has finally pulled the covers off of the limited-edition, track-focused version of the 812 Superfast.

The model’s official name—widely speculated to be “812 VS”, with “VS” quite literally meaning “versione speciale”—is being withheld until May 5th along with the car’s technical info, but Ferrari has made some select images of the highly-anticipated car available today through a press release.

The car will be capped at 999 units, per Ferrari. It also retains the usual front-mid engine, naturally-aspirated V12, but thanks to some serious tweaks it now puts out a blistering 818 hp at 9,500 rpm.

Yes… Zero turbos. Twelve cylinders. Eight-Hundred and Eighteen hp. Ninety-Five Hundred rpm.

Suddenly I don’t care about Ferrari focusing on hybrids, caving to make an SUV, or even snubbing Sebastian Vettel anymore. This special-edition 812 is an enthusiast’s saving grace during these EV-infused times.

Ferrari has a rich history of releasing special, performance-oriented versions of their most popular vehicles towards the end of their lifecycles (see 599 GTO, F12 TDF, 458 Speciale, 488 Pista, etc.), so we can take this as a sign that the 812-platform is soon to be retired.

Leading up to the May 5th debut, here are some of my thoughts on the special-812’s design:

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The launch-spec is a great color combo. Any Ferrari that has yellow calipers with yellow stripes + accents is already a winner in my book, but the bluish-silver paint puts in a lot of work too, delicately displaying all of the car’s outrageous curves and shaping. My best guess for the the exact paint is Grigio Titanio, but it’s difficult to tell from the edited press photos. It’s entirely possible this could be a new and exclusive color.

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The side profile is truly striking, and I absolutely love the protracted line developing from the sides of the front bumper and curving all the way to the spoiler. It’s a slick element that ties the whole side together in a clean, precise manner.

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Not sure what’s going on with the carbon duct on the hood. It’s interesting because it looks as though it’s been embedded into the hood so as to envelope the engine. You can see elements on the side profile that seem to show the carbon piece wrapping around underneath the front fenders. A bit strange in photos so I’m curious to see how it will look in person.

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Rear end is the business. We’re seeing taillights almost identical to those on the SF-90, so that seems to be a key piece of the next-gen Ferrari design language. I’m sure the exhaust pipes will be cause for some discussion, but I quite like the idea of pushing them all the way to the sides so the diffuser can take up as much uninterrupted space as possible.

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There’s plenty more to the design than initially meets the eye, and I skipped over quite a few noticeable features (such as the complete lack of a rear window, for example). Overall I am quite impressed. It’s easy to criticize the car for being “too over the top”, but I think it’s quite clear that this design spent a lot of time being refined by the team at Ferrari Design Center.

What do you think of the special-version 812? Let us know in the comments below while we anticipate the official release.

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