Ferrari further improves their V12 in the 812 Competizione

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Ferrari might have dipped their toes into the future with the hybrid SF90 Stradale, but they’re not done refining their V12 mastery. They just unveiled the 812 Competizione and its open-top twin, the Competizione A. Both are based on the 812 Superfast and currently stand to have the raunchiest V12 engine in a Ferrari.

Under the hood is a 6.5L V12 engine that delivers 830 horsepower and 690 Nm of torque – the most in a Ferrari with an internal combustion engine only. It redlines at 9,500 rpm and is paired with a 7-speed F1 DCT, delivering almost endless acceleration. 0-100kph in 2.85secs is more than impressive.

Despite having the same shape as the Superfast, the 812 Competizione took aerodynamics to the next level. The front has less vents but made use of a larger grille and bigger air intake ducts on both sides of the front bumper. At the corners are also protruding fins that direct airflow to the sides of the car.

They removed the air vent above the rear fenders and instead, put three exit slots behind it. Combined with the wider rear diffuser, taller lip spoiler and patented vortex generators, it produces 80 kilos of downforce at 200 kph.

Making its debut in the 812 Competizione is Ferrari’s first four-wheel independent steering. It makes use of an electronic management system so that the rear wheels turn separately and not always in unison. This means when turning, the rear inner wheel can have a bigger angle than the outer wheel, resulting in a more dynamic attack on the curve.

The new 812 Competizione is also lightweight compared to the Superfast. Ferrari used carbon fiber, titanium con-rods, and a lighter crankshaft among others to shave off 38 kilos from the car. All carbon-fiber wheels are also available that will alleviate an additional 3.7kg.

The interior of the 812 Competizione is faithful to the Superfast, save for a different color on the accents.

The 812 Competizione A is a special targa-top model that aside from being an open-top model, has a modified rear. Ferrari used their ‘flying buttress’ concept that has a lower slope than that of the coupe. It results in a seemingly lower height, and goes in harmony to the design upfront. It has a carbon fiber top that can be stowed and the back and when you do, it reveals the carbon fiber roll bars.

There will be very limited units of the Ferrari 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A with only 999 for the coupe and 599 for the targa top.

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