Ferrari 812 Superfast Spider Expected With Metal Folding Roof
Posted: 20th of November 2018 by Platinum Auto
After lots of special editions based on the F12 Berlinetta and 812 Superfast, the Prancing Horse is expected to roll out the Spider with a folding roof in the style of the Portofino. Ferrari expert Marcel Massini reported about the open-top grand tourer on Ferrari Chat on September 19th, and since then, the rumors keep on snowballing on the forum.
Following the launch of the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 as part of the Icona lineup, it wouldn’t come as a surprise for Ferrari to bring forth the 812 Superfast Spider as the in-between option. Another member of the forum claims he “saw the car and the roof mechanism looks more similar to the 488 Spider.”
Without regard to limited editions such as the 550 Barchetta and 575 Superamerica, bringing this body style back into the lineup as a standard model is the right move for Ferrari. After all, the Maranello-based automaker is selling more cars than it can deliver, and the target is to increase yearly shipments to 10,000. In 2017, for reference, Ferrari delivered 8,398 cars, up 384 units or 4.8 percent from the previous year.
The 812 Superfast Spider should mirror the output of the fixed-head coupe, packing 6.5 liters of twelve-cylinder mechanical magic. The F140 GA develops 800 PS (789 horsepower) at 8,500 rpm, along with 718 Nm (530 pound-feet) of torque at 7,000 rpm. As ever, the transmission is a dual-clutch design developed by Getrag with seven gears.
Capable of 340 km/h (211 mph) at wide open throttle, the 812 Superfast needs 2.9 seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph). The 812 Superfast also happens to be the first Ferrari with Electric Power Steering (EPS), and the Passo Corto Virtuale 2.0 rear-wheel steering system is closely related to the one in the F12 TdF.