A few weeks ago, Ferrari has shown us a new limited edition version of its 812 Superfast. Its name was yet to be revealed, but now we know it’s called the Ferrari 812 Competizione. The Italian supercar manufacturer also presented a surprise in the form of the Competizione A, which is a drop-top version of the 812 Competizione.
At this point, you’re probably already familiar with how it looks. This isn’t just an 812 Superfast with a more powerful engine and a souped-up exterior. While the body panels look similar to the “standard” 812 Superfast, most of them are completely unique to the 812 Competizione. This includes the single-piece aluminum structure that replaces the rear windscreen, which features vortex generators and a sharkfin antenna that also houses a rear-facing camera to compensate for the lack of rear visibility.
You’ll also probably notice its rectangular exhausts, which were made in order to make room for the large rear diffuser. It isn’t just for show, because this component is the most significant contributor to the 812 Competizione’s 25 percent improvement in downforce.
Another distinct design feature of the limited edition 812 is its carbon fiber blade located at the car’s hood, which makes its front end look shorter and also allows for significantly better engine cooling. Ferrari says all of the car’s new, lighter panels make this limited edition 812 lighter than the 812 Superfast, though the company did not specify any numbers.
Ferrari also used this opportunity to unveil the Competizione A variant, wherein ‘A’ stands for aperta. This targa top model features buttresses at the rear versus the fully enclosed panel seen in the coupe version. Expect a bit of weight penalty for this model due to the added structural bracing to maintain this model’s handling. To counteract this, its manually removable roof panel is made entirely out of carbon fiber.
You also know at this point that the Ferrari 812 Competizione’s main headline figure comes from its 6.5-liter V12 engine, which produces 819 hp (up from 789 hp), the highest-ever in a Ferrari without the aid of turbocharging, supercharging, or electrification. Torque is slightly lower though at and 695 Nm (down from 717 Nm) compared to the 812 Superfast.
It also revs all the way up to 9,500 rpm, making it the highest-revving road-legal Ferrari engine ever made. And without the aid of turbos or superchargers, we certainly bet this engine will sound gloriously theatrical, despite the need for a petrol particulate filter for the European market. In order to allow the engine to spin at such high RPMs, Ferrari added titanium con-rods, new camshafts, and a diamond-like carbon coating to the pistons.
With these headline figures, the Ferrari 812 Competizione goes from 0-100 kph in just 2.85 seconds, while top speed is at 340 kph. These figures are for the coupe only. For the aperta, expect this model to be a little less ferocious due to the added weight of the structural bracing.
Interested? Well, unfortunately only 999 units of the coupe and 599 units of the convertible will be made, all of which have already been spoken for according to Ferrari.
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