Ferrari 812 Superfast VS Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Two different philosophies for two fantastic touring cars: the DBS has a V12 twin-turbo, while the 812 superfast has a 6.5 aspirated.
The British and Italian manufacturers have a very long tradition in terms of front-engine granturismo: elegant supercars, with breathtaking performance, rewarding in the most committed driving, but also suitable for long journeys and usable every day. The rivalry between the Italian school and the English school has returned to be felt, and teasing fans, after the arrival of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, declared competitor of the Ferrari 812 Superfast, up to now considered the highest expression among the very high range with front engine.
Which one do you prefer?
The DBS name is part of the Aston Martin tradition, which has used it on two models in the past: the DBS of 1967 and 2007. In 2018 returns for the heir of Vanquish, a charming coupé derived from the DB11, but with many details that distinguish her from her younger sister. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has a body in carbon fiber that wears a glued and riveted aluminum load-bearing structure: a dry weight of 1693 kg for a 471 cm long car. The engine is a 5.2-liter 12-cylinder V-engine, supercharged with two turbos that allow it to deliver 725 hp of power at 6500 rpm and a good 900 Nm of torque between 1800 and 5000 rpm. The house speaks of a 0-100 km / h in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 337 km / h, when it creates a force of 180 kg that keeps the car well glued to the ground, thanks to the careful study of the air flows and without unsightly ailerons coming out of the shape. The interior is the same as the more economic DB11 compared to which there are different and more refined finishes.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the evolution of the previous F12berlinetta, compared to which there are several technological improvements: from the engine to the four-wheel steering, without forgetting the renewed gearbox and the unprecedented electric power steering (to the debut on a Red). In addition to design, of course. The engine remains a powerful 6.5 V12 aspirated, with a good 799 hp, which loves to “turn up” as the power is delivered at 8500 rpm, 2,000 rpm more than the DBS. Also the maximum torque, of 718 Nm, is rather “high” being delivered at 7000 rpm, against 900 Nm at 1800 rpm of the DBS. These differences between the two engines, turbo versus aspirated, monstre torque from low to high power at high revs, are the elements that give the two cars a different character. The maximum speed of the Ferrari 812 Superfast is in line with the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, but the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is completed in just 2.9 seconds, an incredible time for a front-wheel drive that weighs 1630 kg. The difference between 812 and DBS is also marked in terms of transmission: the Aston Martin has an 8-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, the Ferrari a more sporty 7-speed double clutch robot.