Ferrari has teased us with yet another limited-edition special series which is rumoured to be named the ‘Versione Speciale’. Like I mentioned before, this is just a teaser of what is to come, and Ferrari is officially showcasing this to the world on May 5th.
Based on the critically acclaimed Ferrari 812 Superfast, the Versione Speciale boasts of being the most potent Ferrari naturally aspirated V12 engine producing a whopping 819bhp and revs to 9500 rpm. There is also use of state-of-the-art materials, the redesign of many of the engine’s key components, a new valve timing mechanism and a new exhaust system are just some of the technical solutions that help achieve this figure. This special series is also said to premier version 7.0 of the renowned Side Slip Control vehicle dynamics system.
At first glance, you might mistake the Versione Speciale to be a regular 812 Superfast with an aftermarket body kit, but that is not the case here. Ferrari has extensively worked on the vehicle’s aerodynamics in collaboration with Ferrari Styling Centre to create it. Look closely and spot the new front air intakes, rear diffuser and exhaust configuration.
Another change is the rear glass screen being replaced with a single-piece aluminium structure with vertical slats that Ferrari calls vortex generators (I like the sound of that). They claim that the vortex generators improve the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, which is fully integrated with the roof, and simultaneously creates a backbone effect that channels air better through the vehicle. On the bonnet of the special edition is a carbon-fibre blade running through the width of the bonnet, and Ferrari states that it helps make the bonnet seem shorter, making the Versione Speciale look more compact although the overall dimensions of the special edition are just the same as the 812 Superfast.
No fundamental changes are made to the interiors of the Versione Speciale, and most of the trim pieces are directly lifted from the 812 Superfast. Still, they are now all in carbon-fibre to help keep the vehicle’s weight to a minimum. The most significant visible change on the interiors is the H-shaped gear shifter that we have seen on the Ferrari Roma and the SF90, which is said to pay homage to the original gated manual transmissions.
Could you buy one?
Like every other limited-edition, special series supercar/hypercar Ferrari has introduced, you cannot just waltz into the dealership and place an order for the Verisone Speciale. Ferrari invites you to come to purchase their special series vehicles only if they deem you worthy of that status which only means that Versione Speciale, just like the 458 Italia Speciale, the F12 TDF and many others, will soon become a collector’s item and would find a corner in some rich billionaire’s massive parking garage.