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- Highs Next-level handling, bullet-train acceleration, relatively generous cargo capacity.
- Lows Sparse selection of driver-assistance features, fuel economy is dismal, not available with Android Auto smartphone integration.
- Verdict The 812 Superfast is one of the most expensive new cars on the market, and it delivers handling and performance worthy of its price.
The 2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast is an example of what happens when an automaker commits to crafting a vehicle that offers the best performance money can buy. With almost 800 horses under the hood, this coupe provides brutish power, facilitating a zero-to-60-mph sprint that clocks in at less than three seconds. There's also a certain practicality at play, since the 812 Superfast offers more cargo space than the typical supercar—enough to make it a reasonably accommodating choice for daily commutes. Fuel economy is poor, and the 812 Superfast's $330,000-plus price makes it accessible only to the very privileged few. Still, if you have deep pockets and a thirst for spectacular handling, this skilled Ferrari won't disappoint.
What's New for 2020?
The 812 Superfast carries over for the 2020 model year with no major changes.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Ferrari offers the 812 Superfast in a single trim that comes lavishly equipped, and we think it's adorned with enough amenities to put a smile on the face of even the most discerning buyer. Twenty-inch wheels keep this coupe grounded to the pavement, and the list of standard exterior features includes a dual stainless-steel exhaust; heated, power-folding side-view mirrors; a lip spoiler; rear fog lights; LED taillights; and automatic LED projector-beam headlights with an auto-leveling feature. Within the cabin, you'll find standard amenities such as eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. On the tech front, all models come with features such as an integrated navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity. The Ferrari 812 Superfast offers ample opportunities for customization. There's an almost endless list of upholstery options available as well. The range of exterior options includes brake calipers in varying colors, titanium exhaust pipes, and a bevy of different wheel designs.
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Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Ferrari's 812 Superfast gets its muscle from a 6.5-liter V-12 powerplant, and this engine delivers a bracing 788 horsepower and 529 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The 812 Superfast holds a place among the quickest of the quick. In our track tests, it sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a scant 2.8 seconds. That's a dazzling performance, but it trails that of the McLaren 720S. That car made the run in just 2.7 seconds. Handling is nimble, especially when you consider this Ferrari's relatively hefty curb weight. The engine note is mellifluous, and the car's brakes are potent enough to bring this beast to a quick and decisive standstill.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The price paid for the 812 Superfast's thrilling performance is dismal fuel economy. According to EPA estimates, the 2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast chugs fuel at the rate of 12/16 mpg city/highway. With mileage of up to 13/18 mpg, the rival Lamborghini Huracán fares a bit better when it comes to fuel efficiency. In our time with the 812 Superfast, we observed mileage of 11 mpg overall.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 812 Superfast provides seating for two. It's common for supercars to be blighted with a cramped cabin, but that's not the case with this Ferrari. Its interior offers reasonably spacious accommodations, good ergonomics, and modern design. There's also more cargo space than you typically find with high-performance sports cars. The Ferrari 812 Superfast provides 18 cubic feet of cargo volume, and this gives it enough room to capably accommodate your belongings during daily driving—and maybe even on a road trip—if you pack judiciously.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All 812 Superfast coupes are equipped with a six-speaker sound system. An integrated navigation system with a voice-activation feature is standard along with Bluetooth phone and music streaming. Apple CarPlay capability is offered, but Android Auto isn't available.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast hasn't received an overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The average supercar is light on driver-assistance features, and the 812 Superfast is no exception. Amenities such as a blind-spot warning system and forward-collision mitigation aren't offered. Key safety features include:
- Standard backup camera
- Standard front and rear parking sensors
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ferrari's limited and powertrain warranties match the coverage provided by Lamborghini. However, Ferrari sets itself apart by offering seven years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Lamborghini doesn't provide complimentary scheduled maintenance for its vehicles.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance covers 7 years or unlimited miles