The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the Italian carmakers reminder to the world that speed and absolute power is a thing of huge importance in Maranello. The 812 is Ferrari’s fastest and most powerful front-engined production car which is no mean feat considering the formidable line up of cars that have rolled out of the Maranello factory in recent years.

The large numbers produced by the monster 6.5 liters V12 are staggering, 789bhp and 530 lb-ft of torque adding to the wow factor. The rather aggressive looks are not just for show either. The menacing looking haunches that give the car a rather pumped up look are fully functional and help maximize the efficiency of the airflow into the engine allowing the V12 motor to rev to 8.500rpm.

Don’t think that the 812 is any kind of slouch either, it lives up to the ‘Superfast’ name by being capable of 0-62mph in 2.9seconds running onto a top speed in excess of 211mph. To find a namesake for the 812 you have to look deep into Ferrari’s greatest hits catalog to find the ‘Superfast’ name, the 1964 Ferrari 500 ‘Superfast’ is this cars historic sibling and also quite possibly one of the most beautiful Ferrari’s ever made.

In keeping with the theme of firsts for a Ferrari, the 812 is also the first car from Maranello to feature electric power steering. I can hear the purists screaming in pain right now, time will tell if this is a good move or not.

Again with the 812 Ferrari in its 70th anniversary year has shown us that they are not merely content with keeping up with the other supercar makers – they want to set the benchmarks and push them as far as humanly possible with every new generation.