In the wake of Pagani’s announcement of the Huayra Roadster, Ferrari have given us an early look at their latest V12 Berlinetta – the 812 Superfast.
While the name may be slightly more confounded than what the car has been called in spy shots (the F12M), it does accurately describe the car. As the marque’s flagship model, the 812 Superfast will boast an 800 horsepower v12 (an increase of around 60 hp over the F12 Berlinetta), which Ferrari claims will propel the 812 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed over 210 mph.
The improvements don’t stop with more power and speed either. The car benefits from innovations developed in the F12 TDF, such as the “Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0” system, which uses rear steering to make the car more agile. Downforce has been increased through the use of active aero flaps and an “unprecedented aerodynamic by-pass.” The 812 will also be the first Ferrari ever to use Electric Power Steering.
There’s also been improvements to the interior, with updated infotainment and A/C.
With this announcement, we have another look at what to expect this year at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, and so far it looks fantastic.
The Geneva Motor Show is still a few weeks away, but Pagani has decided to give us an early look at their greatly anticipated Huayra Roadster… and it looks incredible.
The Huayra Roadster has caused a great deal of anxiety for fans and buyers alike, leaving many questions and expectations high. Fortunately, we finally have an answer to many of those questions, and the good news is the improvements don’t stop at the removal of the roof and the injection of exhaust noise to the cabin. According to Pagani, the Roadster marks significant performance improvements over the Huayra Coupe. Pagani say they have utilized the developments made with the Huayra BC – the track-ready version of the Huayra Coupe.
The improvements begin with the chassis, which Pagani claims is about 52% more rigid than that of the Huayra Coupe, while the car overall is still about 80 Kg less than the Coupe. This is accomplished thanks to the use of some fancy new materials called “Carbo-Titanium” and “Carbo-Triax HP52.”
There’s more power than the Coupe, with the AMG M158 twin-turbo V12 making 764 horsepower (compared to the Coupe’s 720 hp). As with the Coupe, the torque begins low, at just 2400 RPM you have “over 1000 NM” (just under 740 lb/ft) at your disposal. This increase in power is put down through the Huayra BC’s seven-speed, single-clutch gearbox. As before, Pagani have chosen to stick with the single-clutch design in the name of weight savings.
The suspension has been improved based on developments made on the Huayra BC as well, utilizing a new lightweight aluminium alloy called “HiForg.” Brakes are carbon ceramic, provided by Brembo, as you might expect, and Pirelli has wrapped the forged aluminium wheels in their P Zero Corsa tires – however those can be swapped for P Zero Trofeo R’s on the track.
To top off all this performance (sorry for the pun), you get your choice of a carbon hard top or a removable fabric and carbon cover. With all of this, one is left to wonder, where is the downside? Oh yeah, that would be the price – which begins at € 2,280,000 (not including VAT).
Personally, I can’t imagine a more perfect Pagani. Based on what we have been told by Pagani, there is no sacrifice in performance, beauty, sound or experience. I think it looks astonishing, and I’m absolutely melted by the idea of hearing “The God of wind” without a roof, and having improved performance on top of that would be simply otherworldly. We will soon get an even better look at the car when the Geneva Motor Show begins March 9th, but somehow, I don’t think we will be disappointed.
Edit: I should probably mention the other downside, they are only making 100… which have all been sold.
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