Just yesterday, Ferrari unleashed its latest (and perhaps most powerful) drop-top yet, the F8 Spider. Essentially the convertible variation of the F8 Tributo, it's both stylish and quick.
But it looks like another drop-top has stolen the Spider's thunder, and it comes from none other than Ferrari itself. And, unlike the Spider's already impressive 720 horsepower, this one comes 800 PS.
Say hello to the all-new 812 GTS, the topless cousin of the 812 Superfast that was first launched in the Philippines back in April 2018. Billed by Ferrari as the most powerful convertible in the world, it is a V12-powered stallion that comes with a retractable hard top that can be opened / closed in as little as 14 seconds.
As mentioned awhile ago, it doles out a hefty 800 horsepower and 718 Nm of torque from its naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12. It does this thanks to a combination of direct injection, high-pressure fuel injection system, and other technologies borrowed from their Formula 1 car. The result is an engine that produces immense power along with torque readily available at around 3500 rpm.
0 – 100 km/h comes in at just below 3 seconds while 0 – 200 km/h can be achieved at just 8.3 seconds. Top speed, on the other hand, is rated at an impressive 340 km/h.
Style-wise, it almost looks the same as its hardtop brethren. Looks can be deceiving, however, as Ferrari actually had to change the rear of the 812 Superfast for the GTS to work. They had to redesign the tonneau cover, modify the rear diffuser, as well remove the Superfast's rear wheelarch bypass duct.
With the V12 up front, Ferrari was able to design the 812 GTS' long hood, short deck profile. Huge buttresses, along with the swoopy side profile showcase the car's distinct muscular curves and sharp lines. A quad set of exhaust pipes and taillights, along with a diffuser mounted at the back, give the drop-top Ferrari a very sporty and elegant image indeed.
What else does the 812 GTS have? How about a new set of alloy wheels that unique only to this particular convertible. They will only be available in three distinct finishes: diamond, liquid silver, and Grigio Scuro.
If the exterior of the 812 GTS looks extreme, then the cabin of the 812 GTS looks familiar yet reserved. Much like the F8 Spider, the 812 GTS gets the same treatment like: flat-bottomed steering wheel, high-quality leather upholstery, as well as having the optional seven-inch touchscreen for the passenger to control the infotainment system.
As it only came out in Europe just now, it could be quite a while before Ferrari is able to bring it to other markets.