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Ferrari 812 Buying Guide | Exotic car hacks

The Ferrari website says on the car’s homepage: “Shift to the 12th Dimension.” As a man who loves studying consciousness, I was immediately intrigued.

However, at the time of its release, the Ferrari 812 Superfast was more than just a catchy slogan: it was the fastest and most powerful Ferrari to date. This is a new model for the Italian performance package, and whenever a fresh face appears in the age-old lineup, many ask the question: What does this new model do?

Given that we got our hands on an iconic V12 monster in the Ferrari F12, the 812 had to offer something different, arguably better and more exciting, with this newly refreshed engine.

The 812 was developed by Ferrari to set the benchmark in performance by becoming the fastest road-going Ferrari ever, while providing an immersive and rewarding driving experience for enthusiasts and fans alike.

It’s not a car I would keep in my collection as I’m not the type of person to put my V12 engine needs in the hands of Ferrari (for that standard I prefer my SVJ). And while I don’t personally own one of these bad boys, I can say that if you’re looking for a new generation V12 engine and want to stay true to the exotic racing roots, you might want to consider the 812 for your next outing .

Experience behind the wheel

The Ferrari 812 Superfast was designed to be better than its previous V12 predecessor, the F12. Given this challenge, Ferrari gave this next-generation V12 a 6.5-liter engine (the F12 was a 6.3-liter), and with that additional engine power comes a whopping 798 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. Gives this Ferrari the title of “Most Powerful Naturally Aspirated Production Car Ever Built” (back in 2018 when it was launched).

All of this power gives the impressive car an even more impressive top speed of 211 miles per hour with a 0-60 acceleration of just 2.9 seconds.

The 812 Superfast also offers a few variations for you to enjoy. Keep in mind that prices can vary significantly.

The Superfast is a coupe body style while the 812 GTS is a spider body style.

This is impressive as the F12 never offered a convertible body option and here you don’t have to sacrifice fun or performance as the performance is the same as the Superfast, however given the mechanics required the car does significantly more to open/close/ Storing the retractable hardtop roof.

The main character of the line is now the Competizione. This is the 812 I would buy. Just like the Ferrari F12TDF is the only F12 I would buy.

It is a limited, track-focused variant. Its engine has been tuned to be more powerful than the 812 Superfast without any additional modifications, producing 819 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

To further differentiate it from the base model, Ferrari has given the car a more aggressive race car look with additional and extensive aerodynamic improvements that give it a more exciting look overall.

There’s also a spider/convertible version of this beast simply called the Competizione A, where A stands for the nickname Ferrari uses for its performance convertibles, “Aperta,” which means “open” in Italian.

Ferrari 812 General problems

Whenever a brand releases a new chassis, you can bet that problems will arise. Think of it like a recently built house. You need to use it to find out where work still needs to be done. Sometimes this means leaky window seals, tricky electronics, etc.

But I’m happy to report that the 812 Superfast is generally very reliable.

However, there are still some problems, but overall they are extremely minor.

Common issues I encountered with the 812 include minor Bluetooth issues such as connectivity and search issues. It’s annoying, but a few extra minutes of fiddling with the infotainment gets it working.

Another problem is the alignment of the vehicle panel. Many cars I have seen in person or even online have been found to have body panels misaligned throughout the exterior. It looks like the car has crashed or been in an accident, when in reality it’s just poor quality control from the Ferrari factory.

As these models get a little older and have a longer lifespan and mileage, it is important to note that some models may have moisture accumulated in the headlights. This is annoying because it makes the car look older and more unkempt than it is, and the repair is also very expensive.

Preferably Ferrari 812 Buy

This should also go without saying, but I’ll repeat it.

Ferrari options are all à la carte.

This means that unlike McLaren or Aston Martin, there are no “packages” that include options. So if one is present, it must also have the other.


Everything is decided, created, organized and attached to the car piece by piece by the person who originally specified the car.

So it’s safe to say: the more carbon (inside or outside), the better. Not only does this increase the price of the sticker, but it also makes your car heavier (MSRP). It also makes your glasses hotter and more desirable, which directly affects resale time.

Otherwise, you want to play in the Ferrari market, which means red on tan is the iconic exterior/interior. So obviously it will also be more desirable.

But a new-age approach that commands a premium but requires a longer holding period can also be successful.

For example, a white-on-red car, a yellow-on-black car, a black-on-red car, etc.

The time frame for the best 812 to hack will be when the car is at least three full years old and is within warranty maturity. So if it is NOW 2023, you should look at 2019-2020 models as your best hackable option.


We know the V12’s age is coming to an end. Very few, if any, performance car brands will continue to make the monstrous engine for years to come.

Although it is sad to see the era of true ingenuity and achievement fade, some embers still keep the flame burning bright.

For me, as already mentioned, it is the Lamborghini SVJ. But for some, and maybe even you, it will be the 812 Superfast.

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