Ferrari, along with all other members of the parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chose not to attend the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (click here to see our show highlights gallery). Instead, the Italian sportscar maker chose to launch two new models the Ferrari 812 GTS and F8 Spider on the eve of the show on home soil.
As you may have guessed from the pics and the names, the Ferrari 812 GTS and F8 Spider are topless models of existing products. The former is based on the Ferrari 812 SuperFast, the current range-topping Ferrari. You can read our driving review of the SuperFast at this link.
According to Ferrari, the 812 GTS is the most powerful production spider on sale today. It is powered by a naturally aspirated 6,5-litre V12 that produces 588 kW and 718 N.m of torque. Power is directed to the rear axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Ferrari says its new charge can sprint to 100 km/h from standstill in under 3,0 seconds; flat out it will do a hair-ruffling 340 km/h. The folding hard-top can open in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h.
Along came a Spider
The other new drop-top model from Ferrari is the F8 Spider. It is based on the F8 Tributo, but features an electrically retractable roof. It takes just 14 seconds for the F8 to adapt its shape for sun-tanning duties. See the F8 Spider in action here and below
F8 Spider is powered by the firm’s twin-turbocharged 3,9-litre V8. The motor is good for 530 kW and 770 N.m of torque. Similar to its bigger brother, torque is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The benchmark 0-100 km/h sprint is said to take just 2,9 seconds. Top speed is rated as 340 km/h. You can read more about the F8 Tributo in our earlier story.
If you are a really good customer of Ferrari in South Africa, then you’ve probably already received a call from your friendly salesperson to offer you one of the new open-top models.
Ferrari 812 GTS
Ferrari F8 Spider