A new day, a new video of an upcoming Ferrari. After grabbing a test mule from a future hybrid model, Varryx is back to show the world what could be a hardcore version of the 812 Superfast. Tested in Italy on the Fiorano circuit belonging to Ferrari near Maranello, the black prototype had a beefier rear diffuser as well as a soundtrack different from that of the other car.
The details of the new 812-based derivative are shrouded in mystery, but it is likely that talented Ferrari engineers have found a way to extract more power from the 6.5-liter engine. The naturally aspirated V12 develops 800 horsepower and 718 Newton-meters (530 lb-ft) of torque in the “standard” 812 Superfast, so anything above these numbers will be the icing on the cake.
We heard through the vine that the red line of the engine could be exceeded beyond the current 8,900 rpm, although that remains to be seen. Another piece of the puzzle that is missing has to do with the name of the car, because although rumors suggest that it will have the suffix “GTO”, it is more like wishful thinking at this point.
The hardcore 812 Superfast will be the fourth version of the model, after the regular version, the Monza SP1 and SP2 speedsters and the 812 GTS convertible. Speaking of the droptop model, members of the FerrariChat forums that know there will also be a cabrio version of the new topper from the Maranello V12 range. Needless to say, production will be limited and most of the cars have already been pre-sold.
Beyond the likely increase in power, a hotter 812 Superfast should also have a revised body with improved aerodynamics and improved cooling. Weight loss through the use of more carbon fiber is also possible to shave some of the fat compared to the dry weight of the normal model of 3,362 pounds (1,525 kilograms).
812 “GTO” aside, we do not exclude the possibility that this car is something else. Just as with the 488-body test mule yesterday carrying a hybrid powertrain, Ferrari could test a new or updated engine using a modified Superfast body. One thing is certain: the V12 still has life, even in an automotive world constantly under pressure from tighter emission regulations.