2021 Ferrari 812 GTS First Drive: Frightening, Just Like You Want It to Be


2021 Ferrari 812 GTS First Drive: Frightening, Just Like You Want It to Be

It’s almost easy to come to the conclusion serious skill is no longer a prerequisite to driving a new Ferrari, but this review of the 2021 Ferrari 812 GTS quickly disavows you of that notion. Ferrari’s V-12-powered drop-top GT is a frightening car to the uninitiated—but once you learn its mysterious ways, it becomes the best driving partner a well-heeled car enthusiast could ask for. It is not difficult to drive, but it is difficult to drive well—and isn’t that what we want a Ferrari to be?

Indulge me for a moment as I step back in time to my First Drive of an 812, two years ago when the hardtop 812 Superfast won a spot on the 2019 All-Stars list of our sister publication, Automobile. We were granted the privilege of driving the 812 on the track, and my fellow speed demons couldn’t stop talking about what an incredible experience the car was.

I kept my mouth shut on that day, because the car scared the daylights out of me. If ever a vehicle had a homicidal streak, it was the Ferrari 812. Pushing it as hard as I dared, the Ferrari felt so twitchy, so alive, I was afraid it would spin off into the dirt at the drop of the proverbial helmet. I imagined I could hear it whispering to me in some decidedly non-Italian accent: Drive faster, Meester Gold, but eeef you make one wrong move, I … will … keeeell you. “But if you kill me,” I said to the car (possibly out loud; hard to tell over the screaming V-12), “we’ll both die.” To which the car replied: Yessssss, Meester Gold, I know. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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