A drop-top with a front-mounted V12 engine
Exactly 50 years on from the debut of the last two-seater convertible from Ferrari with a front-mounted V12 engine, the Italian brand has launched the 812 GTS. A drop-top like this is known as a ‘spider’, and Ferrari calls this the spider version of the 812 Superfast.
The front-mounted V12 architecture has not been used in a Ferrari spider since 1969, except for a few limited editions. And with the 812 GTS, owners are promised a new level of performance and exclusivity. It claims to be the most powerful production spider on the market, and also the most versatile, thanks to its retractable hard top – a unique feature in this segment, which also guarantees a larger boot capacity.
The roof retracts in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45kph (28mph), while the naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 will produce 780bhp at 8,500rpm, with 718Nm of torque. That gives a 0-100kph (0-62mph) time of under three seconds, with a top speed of more than 340kph (211mph).
Then the styling takes many cues from the 812 Superfast, with a choice of three model-specific multi-spoke forged wheels: diamond-finish, liquid silver and Grigio Scuro. The body itself it sculpted for improved aerodynamics, with a heap of technology inside, such as Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP) and Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO) to assist when cornering or in the case of oversteer. Deliveries begin mid-2020.