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Ferrari 812 GTS: the V12 spider returns

Ferrari 812 GTS: the V12 spider returns

800 cv makes it the most powerful production convertible on the market

Exactly  50  years  on  from  the  debut  of  the  last  spider  in  the Ferrari range to sport a front-mounted  V12, the 812 GTS hailsa triumphant  return  for  a model type that has played a pivotal role in the marque’s history since its foundation.

TheFerrari  V12 spider story features many iconic models and began in  1948 with the166 MM, an  authentic  thoroughbred  competition  GT  that  won  the  two  most  prestigious endurance races in the world in 1949: the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The last  in  that  long  lineage  was  the  1969365  GTS4, also  known as  the  Daytona Spider because of Ferrari’s legendary victory in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona when two works 330 P4s  and  the  NART-entered  412  Ptook  the  chequered  flag side-by-side to  occupy  the  top three places.

The front-mounted V12 architecture has not been used in a Ferrari series-production spider since  the 365  GTS4.  That  said,  four  special  series  limited  editions  have  been launched:  the 550  Barchetta  Pininfarina in  2000,  the  Superamericain  2005,  the  SA  Aperta  in  2010 and, most  recently, the F60 America of which just 10 were built to celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year on the American market in 2014.

Like its historic predecessors, the 812 GTS sets a new benchmark in terms of performance and exclusivity. Sporting Ferrari’s majestic 800 cv V12, it is not merely  the most powerful production  spider  on  the market,but  also the  most versatile,thanks to  its  retractable  hard top, a unique feature in this segment which also guarantees a larger boot capacity. The retractable hard top (RHT), which opens in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h, does  not  impinge  upon the interior dimensions,  thus  maintaining the donor car’s roomy cockpit. The electric rear screen, which acts as a wind-stop, makes the car truly useable with the  top down while, with  the  top  up,  it  can  be  left  open  to  allow  occupants  to  continue  to luxuriate in the naturally-aspirated V12’s unique soundtrack.

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