Ferrari advances product offensive with two new folding hardtops

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The 812 GTS marks the return of a 12-cylinder spider in the series-production range after 50 years, Ferrari said. The last in that lineage was the 1969 365 GTS4, also known as the Daytona Spider because of Ferrari’s victory in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona. The most recent V-12 front-engine spider was the F60 America in 2014. Only 60 were built.

The V-12 naturally aspirated engine is the same unit in the 812 Superfast, also coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It delivers 789 hp at 8,500 rpm making the 812 GTS the most powerful production spider on the market, according to Ferrari. Its 718 newton meters of torque guarantee an acceleration virtually on par with that of the 812 Superfast: less than 3 seconds from 0 to 100 kph.

The retractable hardtop opens in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 27 mph. According to Ferrari it does not impinge upon the interior dimensions, maintaining the donor car’s roomy cockpit. The electric rear screen acts as a wind-stop and can be left open with the top up “to allow occupants to enjoy the V-12’s soundtrack.”

The entire rear of the car has been redesigned, with two buttresses beneath which the roof movement mechanism is stowed. The buttresses were designed to visually embody a sense of forward thrust and lend the side windows a signature look that would set the spider apart from the Berlinetta.

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