2022 Ferrari 812 Competizione Caps Off an Era

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2022 Ferrari 812 Competizione Caps Off an Era

If it feels like we’ve been saying goodbye a lot lately, that’s because we have. The Ferrari 812 Competizione isn’t just the last version of the F12 that launched in 2012, it likely also will be the last new Ferrari that isn’t a hybrid. Every prancing horse that follows it will have a battery pack and an electric motor to aid acceleration, improve efficiency, and reduce emissions. With the LaFerrari and the SF90, Ferrari has proved that it can integrate and optimize a hybrid system for performance, so we’re not too concerned about the short-term future. But the 812 Competizione does feel like the end of an era—the last glorious stand of the nonhybrid V-12-powered Ferrari.

The 6.5-liter V-12 under the hood of the new Ferrari 812 Competizione is an internal-combustion exclamation mark. It types in ALL CAPS as it revs all the way to a valvetrain-pulverizing 9500 rpm. Suddenly the 8600-rpm redline of the new Chevy Corvette Z06 doesn’t seem so impressive.

Granted, at $601,570, the Competizione costs a lot more than a Z06, and the production run of 500 coupes and 312 Competizione A models—the A is for Aperta, or “open” in Italian—are all spoken for. What those very lucky buyers will get is an 819-hp V-12 to end all V-12s. To bump the redline up by 500 rpm over the 812 Superfast‘s already-dizzying 9000-rpm limit, the Competizione’s engine gets titanium connecting rods, a lighter crankshaft, a new cylinder head with finger-follower actuated valves, and diamond-like carbon coating on several surfaces to reduce friction. A redesigned oil tank better handles lateral and longitudinal forces, and it holds a less-viscous oil than other V-12 Ferraris, allowing a variable-rate oil pump to move the engine’s blood more efficiently and at a greater rate. Thinner oil is the equivalent of this car being on blood thinners. No one wants a clot.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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