In dramatizing the regal, Shakespeare hath no equal. And yet, despite giving new language to love and loss and delivering some of literature’s greatest ever one-liners, we suspect even the big man would have struggled to describe the noise this Ferrari V12 will likely make at full chat.
If all the world’s a stage, then, allow us to present one of its loudest players. This is the Ferrari 812 Competizione and its open-topped sibling, the Ferrari 812 Competizione A. Cry 9,500rpm, and let slip the V12, he probably wouldn’t have written.
The 812 Competizione is, rather unsurprisingly, a version of the 812 Superfast; a sort of alternate-reality Superfast where everything has been turned up to 11. And as with any self-respecting Ferrari, we venture once more unto the breach of that mesmerizing V12.
It’s still a 6.5-liter, only for this Competizione application Ferrari has redesigned the pistons, fitted titanium con-rods (that are 40 percent lighter), layered a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on the piston pins, and rebalanced the crank (itself a whopping three percent lighter than before). There are new cylinder heads, F1-tech for the cams (coated in DLC), a redesigned intake system (across manifold and plenum) and variable geometry inlet tracts.
Bottom line: 819hp (more power), 695Nm (slightly less torque), and “an engine that revs with tremendous speed all the way to the cut-off with no drop off towards the red line.” A red line that now sits higher, at 9,500rpm. This isn’t an engine, it’s a five-act drama.
It’s matched to the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that sits in the regular Superfast, calibrated here to shift five per cent faster. We’d give you ‘cold hard’ numbers but 0-100kph in 2.85sec, 0-200kph in 7.7sec and a top speed of over 340kph isn’t cold. It’s just Superf- well, you get the idea.
The Competizione gets four-wheel-steering, version 7.0 of Side Slip Control (AKA Watch This Hero Mode), a whopping 38kg weight loss—helped in part by new carbon-fiber wheels—and a whole lot of aero.
We’re talking a new air intake setup, vents on either side of that fetching new hood ‘blade,’ and arch louvers that help better cool the engine and reduce the underbody apertures. Because it’s faster it needs better brake cooling, and thus gets better brake cooling from a system that debuted on the SF90.
Lots of work has gone into channeling the air that goes in to and out of the 812 Comp. It generates 30 percent more front downforce than the Superfast. And like that car, the front diffuser gets a passive mobile aero system that opens at around 250kph.
The rear diffuser now extends the full width of the 812, meaning the twin exhaust pipes on either side of the Superfast were jettisoned in favor of a single pipe on each side.
It also gets a sort of ‘blown’ rear diffuser—as seen on F1 cars from the last decade—which helps increase rear downforce. The spoiler, too, is higher and wider and works in collaboration with the new diffuser.
Oh, and as you’ve probably noticed, there are vortex generators taking the place of the rear screen in order to a) “redistribute the rear axle’s pressure field”, but mostly b) look really bloody cool. The Competizione A, devoid of these generators, gets a bridge between the flying buttresses instead, which has the same effect of channelling air towards the rear spoiler.
Ferrari itself says the design of the Competizione is “aggressive,” and notes how the new rear treatment recalls the glorious Ferrari 330 P3/P4. The interior remains as per the 812, save for a lighter door panel, and a ‘gear-gate’ theme sat in the middle.
“Once behind the wheel of the 812 Competizione and the 812 Competizione A,” says Ferrari, “the driver becomes one with the car, regardless of whether it is on-road or -track.” Said drivers will be few and far between, because this is a limited-series V12 Ferrari, so only a small number will be built. And each will cost quite a lot of money.
After all, give every man thy ear, but few thy stupendously powerful V12s.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.
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