Ferrari has revealed the 812 GTS Spider, 50 years after the debut of the last spider in the Ferrari range to sport a front-mounted V12.
The front-mounted V12 architecture has not been used in a Ferrari series production spider since the 365 GTS4.
Like the recently revealed F8 Spider, the 812 GTS Spider uses a retractable hard top that can be opened or closed in 14 seconds at speeds of at up 45km/h.
Power comes from a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 producing 588kW of power and 718Nm of torque. It will scream all the way up to 8900rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends drive to the rear wheels.
According to Ferrari, 80 per cent of maximum torque is available at just 3500rpm, improving both flexibility and pick-up at lower revs.
Ferrari claims the 0-100km/h dash takes 3.0 seconds (or less), while sprinting from 0-200km/h takes 8.3 seconds. The top speed is listed at over 340km/h.
With a claimed dry mass of 1600km, the Spider carries a 75kg weight penalty over the 812 Superfast coupe. Ferrari has managed to achieve a weight distribution of 47:53 front-to-rear.
The roof, tonneau cover and luggage compartment have been redesigned, while the rear wheel arch has lost the 812 Superfast’s characteristic aerodynamic by-pass. The absence of this duct has been compensated for, however, by reconfiguring the rear diffuser which now has an additional flap.
Australian pricing is yet to be confirmed, expect an announcement in the lead up to the 812 GTS Spider’s local arrival in 2020.
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