The 2021 Ferrari 812 Competizione and Competizione A have been unveiled in full.
Based on the 812 Superfast and GTS respectively, the Competizione coupe and Competizione A convertible follow the 599 GTO and F12 TDF as the latest in a line of track-focused, front-engined V12 Ferrari models – and likely its last, given the onset of emissions regulations threatening the future of naturally-aspirated, non-hybrid V12 engines.
Powering the duo is a reworked version of the regular 812’s 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12, now developing 610kW and 692Nm – up 22kW, but down 26Nm over their donor cars. It’s sent to the rear wheels through a quicker-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
While peak power arrives at an already-high 9250rpm, the twelve-pot mill can spin up to a stratospheric 9500rpm – making it not only the highest-revving Ferrari road car ever built, but one of the quickest-spinning production cars of all time.
A new valve timing mechanism, new exhaust system and redesigned internal engine components – including 40 per cent lighter titanium conrods, and a 3 per cent lighter crankshaft – unleash the Competizione duo’s additional kilowatts.
A second pair of resonators have been fitted within the exhaust to maintain “combustion-order harmonics”, despite the inclusion of a noise- and emissions-reducing petrol particulate filter.
Ferrari claims a 2.85-second 0-100km/h sprint time for the coupe, towards a top speed of over 340km/h – similar to the Superfast’s 2.9-second dash, and near-identical to its exact 340km/h V-max.
The 0-200km/h sprint – where the Competizione’s additional grunt is able to outrun its rear-drive traction limitations – is completed 0.4 seconds quicker than the Superfast, however, at 7.5 seconds.
Performance figures for the Competizione A haven't been confirmed, but expect sprint times to be a touch slower thanks to the weight penalty associated with its removable (though albeit carbon-fibre) targa-top roof and unique 'flying buttress' design.
The coupe tips the scales in at 1487kg dry, 38kg less the Superfast, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre.
Under the skin, the Competizione models feature "independent" rear-wheel steering – with each rear wheel claimed to be able to move individually – along with an electronic rear differential, adaptive dampers and the latest, seventh-generation iteration of Ferrari's Side Slip Control system.
A set of 20-inch carbon-fibre alloy wheels fill the arches, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, and hiding 398mm front and 360mm rear brake discs.
Alongside the performance upgrades and revised chassis systems comes an overhauled aerodynamics package, with more aggressive front and rear fascias, a larger rear lip spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, and an array of vents.
In a claimed first for a production car, the 812 Competizione coupe's rear window has been replaced by a large aluminium cover, featuring six vortex generators intended to redirect air towards the edges of the rear spoiler, increasing downforce.
A carbon-fibre 'blade' spans across the bonnet, designed to both save weight and allow for more efficient evacuation of hot air from the engine, in turn enabling the number of vents beneath the car to be minimised, reportedly improving aerodynamic performance.
The dual exhaust tips – replacing the 'standard' 812's four – interact with the diffuser to 'fence off' the air passing through the diffuser, accelerating the flow of gas and increasing downforce – a trick borrowed from the floor designs of 2010s Formula One cars.
Inside, the 812 Superfast and GTS's cabin designs have largely been retained, though the door card's internals have been redesigned to reduce weight, while a new automatic gear selector inspired by a traditional H-pattern manual gearbox features in the centre console, similar to the unit fitted to the new Roma coupe.
Only 999 examples of the 2021 Ferrari 812 Competizione will be reportedly be built, plus a further 599 units of the Competizione A.
Prices in Italy are slated to start from €499,000 (AU$775,000) for the coupe, and €578,000 (AU$900,000) for the targa-topped variant.