I don’t think I’m being controversial when I say that many modern performance cars have too much power. Our collective obsession with specs, plus the institutional need to show generational improvement in the most easily understandable way, has pushed output into the realm of the absurd. After all, BMW will sell you a 523-hp 5-Series that isn’t an M5.
It’s all a bit ridiculous. Do the buyers of a 523-hp 5-Series really know how to manage that much power? You know that anyone with money can go lease a McLaren 720S, right?
However! When Ferrari released photos of its new limited-edition hardcore 812 variant and announced that it would have 830 horsepower, I was thrilled.
Call me a hypocrite if you’d like. I’ll just say I contain multitudes.
I first drove an 812 Superfast back in 2018. I still think about it from time to time. I recall putting my foot down precisely once, on a straight stretch of road, and getting the shit scared out of me. This car is far, far too fast for public roads. Totally ridiculous. And yet I came away thinking the car was basically beyond criticism. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.