Ferrari 812 Competizione First Look Review: The A Team
The Ferrari 812 Superfast just got a little less super with the arrival of the 812 Competizione and Competizione A (apparently the names Superfaster and Superfaster A never stood a chance). The two models are the latest evolution of Ferrari’s front-engined V-12 supercar, with the Competizione maintaining a traditional coupe body style and the Competizione A going the open-topped Targa route.
Under the Competizione twins’ hoods rest the same 6.5-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 818 hp and screams toward a 9,500 rpm redline. Ferrari used some high-tech tricks to increase performance from the big engine, including replacing the usual steel connecting rods with lighter titanium units, adding diamond-like carbon to the piston rings to reduce internal friction, rebalancing (and shedding weight from) the crankshaft, and fitting a new set of cylinder heads to let the pistons more efficiently suck in air and expel exhaust.
The Italian automaker massaged the oil pump, direct fuel injection setup, and cooling system to make sure the powertrain is fully prepped for high-speed adventures. Like lesser 812s, the 812 Competizione and Competizione A rely on a seven-speed transmission that uses a pair of clutches to quickly swap cogs—except shift speeds are now five percent faster. All this tinkering allows the 812 Competizione to hit 62 mph in less than 2.9 seconds, per Ferrari, with the car eventually topping out at more than 211 mph.
The race-ready performance of the Competizione and Competizione A is not simply due to powertrain improvements, as the model benefits from aerodynamic tweaks to help keep the engine bay and brakes cool during hard driving. Redesigned exterior pieces, including a new rear diffuser and a closed-off rear window with a panel that incorporates a set of vortex generators, increase the limited-run 812 Competizione’s available downforce to ensure its Michelin Cup2R tires’ contact patches stay glued to the tarmac. The open-roof 812 Competizione A, meanwhile, trades the vortex generators of the Competizione coupe for a bridge between its two buttresses that directs air toward the rear spoiler to help keep its rear-end planted. A four-wheel steering system further improves the cars’ lateral capabilities.
While Ferrari has yet to mention pricing or specific production figures for the 812 Competizione and Competizione A, it’s likely both models will sell for “more than you can afford, pal” once production of the Competizione and Competizione A commence.
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