2020 Ferrari 812 GTS

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$370,000
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2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Charan Narain Khandelwal Content Writer Updated on: December 2, 2019


Released in 1969, the Ferrari 365 GTS4, also known as the Ferrari Daytona Spider was the last mass-produced car in the Ferrari lineup to sport a front-mounted V12 with an open roof. Now, after 50 years, Ferrari has revealed the 812 GTS. In a world of hybrids and turbocharged engines, the 812 GTS’ naturally aspirated V12 comes as a breath of fresh air, and thanks to its open roof, it provides that notion quite literally. 

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Pros

Convertible hardtop

Glorious Ferrari V12 performance

Sleek and streamlined body

Cons

Unimpressive Infotainment system

Increase in price when compared to the 812 Superfast

What's New?

New model being released in 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$370000

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

top speed

211 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

789 hp @ 8900 rpm

torque

530 lbs.-ft. @ 7000 rpm

transmission

7 Speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

107 in.

length

184.7 in.

width

77.6 in.

height

50.2 in.

curb weight

3527 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3 sec.


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Left Side View  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS 3 Quarter View  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS 3 Quarter View  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Left Side View  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS 3 Quarter View
Interior
 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Cockpit Area  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Front Seats  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Front Seats  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Cockpit Area  2020 Ferrari 812 GTS's interior image

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Base

Base

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$370,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (6.5L 12cyl 7A) Starting at $370,000 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

Expert Review


The Ferrari 812 GTS has the same naturally aspirated engine as its hardtop sibling, producing nearly 800 horsepower. Keeping the same silhouette, the GTS shares the front of the 812 Superfast but has a completely redesigned back. 

The Ferrari 812 GTS is a masterpiece, combining fantastic sound with uncompromised performance, the prowess of which is challenged by only a few. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster is one of the biggest names in performance. With its gigantic V12 and a sticker price of more than half a million dollars, it's a contender tough to beat. The McLaren 720S Spider is another car that steps up to fight the good fight. With both an engine and a price tag smaller than the GTS, it still packs a mean punch. 

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Features

The options available for the new GTS right now are not known. If they are anything like the old 812 Superfast, it will have an enormous amount of options to choose from. From small little visual changes to options affecting the usability of the vehicle. 

Trim

Ferrari 812 GTS

MSRP

$370,000

Key Features

Cruise Control

 

Leather Steering Wheel

 

Keyless Ignition

 

Climate Control

 

Front and Rear Parking Sensor

 

Tilt and Telescoping Steering Wheel

 

Universal Remote Transmitter

 Any specific recommendations?

Since the package details are not available yet, we won't be able to give you specific recommendations for packages. However, Ferrari is constantly updating its Ferrari Configurator app and website at quite some speed. Hence, it would be smart to check those out for configuring your Ferrari to your own taste.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Engine

The balance and sweet symphony of the Italian V12s are adored worldwide. The engine used in the 812 GTS is no different. This 6.5L naturally aspirated V12 produces a powerful 789 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. The sound of the engine growling and shifting through gears has been dubbed “The full-bodied V12 Orchestra” by Ferrari. At 3500 rpm, 80% of the max torque is still available in the driver’s hands. This hugely improves acceleration at lower RPMs. It reaches a maximum speed of 211 mph.

All that power is managed by a 7 speed automatic, dual-clutch transmission. Both the up and downshifts are immediate and paired with the shorter gear ratios give the impression of instant throttle response to the driver.

Models

Ferrari 812 GTS

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

McLaren 720S Spider

MSRP

$370,000

$573,966

$315,000

Engine

6.5L V12 Engine

6.5L V12 engine

4.0L Twin Turbo V8 

Transmission

7 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

789hp

770hp

710hp

Torque

530 lb-ft

720 lb-ft

568 lb-ft

 Among the competitors, the most expensive of the lot is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster with a price tag of over half a million dollars, $573,966 to be exact, sporting a 6.5L V12 engine. This extravagant engine produces 770 horsepower and 720 lb-ft of torque. It has the highest torque numbers of the class. On the other hand, the least expensive of the bunch is the $315,000 costing McLaren 720s Spider housed with 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 making 710 horsepower and 569 lb-ft of torque. Good numbers despite its obvious disadvantage. The Ferrari 812 GTS has the highest horsepower of any car in the class but has the lowest torque numbers.

Is it faster than the F12 Berlinetta?

Ferrari strived to guarantee the same performance as its coupe sibling and the F12 as well. It needed to be able to maintain its breathtaking performance even with the hard hood retracted. For that, Ferrari redesigned the entire back to give the 812 GTS a new look with obvious aerodynamic advantages. Its shorter gear ratios play a major role in its acceleration. 

The sleek design and the powerful engine enables the 812 GTS to reach 62mph in under 3 seconds. The ability to throw you back in your seat is one of the key performance traits of any Ferrari, which is also held here.

Models

Ferrari 812 GTS

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

McLaren 720S Spider

0-62 MPH

< 3 seconds

2.9 Seconds

2.9 Seconds

Quarter mile

10.2*

10.3*

10.3

Engine

6.5L V12 Engine

6.5L V12 engine

4.0L Twin Turbo V8 

Emission 

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

N/A

N/A

N/A

The acceleration performance of all the 3 competitors is almost identical. Both the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster and the McLaren 720S Spider have acceleration times of 2.9 seconds to reach 62 mph while Ferrari claims sub-3-second performance. 

How potent are the brakes?

The Ferrari 812 GTS has the same mechanical parts of its coupe sibling, the 812 Superfast. So it is safe to assume the brakes and their performance will be the same. The brakes in the 812 Superfast were borrowed from the LaFerrari. Ferrari claims these 15.7 in (front) and 14.2 in (rear) carbon-ceramic Brembo extreme design disc brakes will perform 5-8% better than the F12Berlinetta.

Model

Ferrari 812 GTS

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

McLaren 720S Spider

Brake Front (in.)

15.6

15.7

15.3

Brake Rear (in.)

14.1

14.9

15

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3527

3472

3239

62-0 MPH (ft.) 

104.9

101.7

98

The 62-0 mph braking test reflects a predictable result. Braking power of the cars responds to their weight. The heaviest of them all, the Ferrari 812 GTS has the farthest stop distance while the lightest Mclaren 720S Spider has the least stopping distance. 

How does the 812 GTS fare on the Handling front?

The GTS gives a familiar feel to the Superfast. The only slight difference one might feel is that at times, there is no roof. The 812 GTS cannot be called a heavy car per se, however, it feels much lighter on its feet. Cornering in this car at high speeds feels natural. A balanced body weight and a chassis which hugs the road keeps the driver in confidence as he manages the GTS’ beefy engine. While most cars provide a mode to increase grip on the road, Ferrari offers something which is known as the “Ferrari Power Oversteer” which loosens the back end for controlled powerslides. 

The GTS has many driving modes too. Each changes the driving feel slightly by changing the way the steering and suspension feel. 

The 812 GTS, like the 812 Superfast, has 5 driving modes. “Wet” is self-explanatory. It lowers the acceleration is favor of traction and stability. The “Sports” mode is what Ferrari expects you drive in everyday traffic. Its quick response provides an exciting driving experience. “Race” mode is designed as the 812 GTS’ track mode. Tuned to react monstrously at even the smallest tap of the pedal. Ferrari goes one step further to offer “CT OFF” mode, which does not turn off engine power to the wheels, which it does in any other mode when it detects a slide, but still used ABS. Ferrari doesn't stop there, as they're full-on bonkers. “ESC OFF” mode turns off any stability and traction control. With ABS off and uninterrupted engine power, this mode lets you use all of the 812 GTS’ 789 horsepower at your discretion. 

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Fuel Economy

No one expects a Ferrari to be a practical everyday car. Ferraris have been known to be extravagant and luxurious. Continuing that theme, and an over the top 14.3 mpg fuel efficiency is rather fitting. However, we aren't complaining of the same either as these MPG figures are irrelevant for Supercar with performance like this.

Model

Ferrari 812 GTS

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

McLaren 720S Spider

MPG (city)

12

9

15

MPG (highway)

16

15

22

MPG (combined)

14.3

13

18

While the GTS’ fuel economy isn't surprising, what is surprising is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster has a better fuel economy than the Ferrari. The Aventador SVJ has a similar engine to the 812 GTS, both in the number of cylinders and displacement. However, the engine in the Aventador is tuned for breathtaking torque. While one would assume that such a tune will adversely affect the fuel economy, the economy is in fact much better. 

The class leader, however, is the McLaren 720s Spider, with a fuel economy of 19.2 mpg, which is to be expected from a V8 engine of lower displacement.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior

The entire interior of the Ferrari 812 GTS is similar to that of the Superfast. From the A/C vents in the center to the dashboard controls, everything is identical. 

Well, not everything. Ferrari proudly announces the car with a dual tone badge reading “812GTS” towards the passenger side of the dashboard. The entire cabin mimics the look of a cockpit. May it be the steering wheel or the tight seats, you feel as if you are in control of a fighter jet rather than a luxury Italian car. It aspires to make the driver feel as the car is ready to take off at his command. 

Continuing with the jet theme, center stage is the AC vents that resemble the tail of the SR71 Blackbird, branded with Ferrari’s name in the middle. The round vents move freely in their enclosure. Similar AC vents are found on either side of the car. The central dashboard holds the very basic climate controls and infotainment controls. They are made beautifully but have a rather simple look to them. The button and font size also feels rather small to us. 

The steering wheel is loaded with functionality. The logic behind that is that Ferrari wanted to put every important function at the driver’s fingertips. There are no stocks shooting out from behind the steering wheel like in a normal car. Everything from wiper control to turn signals are on the steering wheel. The steering wheel also holds the button for putting on the high beams, an active suspension mode button particularly tailored for bumpy roads, the Bluetooth call answering button, the drive mode selector and the engine start-stop button. 

The seats are high tucking bucket seats to hold you in your place. Beautiful color tones and stitching make then look very attractive. However, if they are anything like the seats on the 812 Superfast, they will be manually operated. 

The rear window lowers along with the roof. The window provides a portal to the outside world when the roof is raised. It fills the cabin with the euphoric sound of the engine whether it is the roaring engine sound traveling a scenic route or the silent rumble we hear in start and stop traffic. 

Model

Ferrari 812 GTS

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

McLaren 720S Spider

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

All three cars in this segment seat only two passengers. Although the cabin space specifications of all the three cars aren't available right now, just by eyeballing it, we can safely assume that the 812 GTS is bound to have the maximum amount of internal cabin space. The cabin seems roomier when compared to the other two. 

Infotainment

There is no traditional infotainment system in the center of the dashboard. Instead, the gauge cluster screen doubles as the infotainment screen as Ferrari doesn’t want the driver’s focus to be diverted. There is a small touchscreen on the passenger’s side to display the media, Navigation, the performance stats of the car and the Vehicle Dynamic Assistance.

Cargo Space

As predicted, the 812 GTS’ folding roof compromises the cargo space available. While the 812 Superfast has 11 cubic feet of space, which in itself isn't much, the 812 GTS has an even 

smaller cargo area. While the car itself may be enjoyable to drive in the canyons, the 8.8 cubic feet cargo space makes it very difficult to justify the trip.

Model

Ferrari 812 GTS

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

McLaren 720S Spider

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

8.8 

5

7.2

Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)

N/A

N/A

N/A

8.8 cubic seems small in itself but put in perspective to the cargo space available in the class rivals and the Ferrari 812 GTS is actually the class leader. The small trunk is in the Aventador SVJ Roadster with 5 cubic feet while the McLaren 720s Spider has a 7.2 cubic feet frunk. 

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Exterior

The 812 GTS carries the same face as the 812 Superfast. The streamlined headlights, the angular hood and the massive open grille for a giant intake are carried over from its sibling. 

The rear has been completely redesigned by Ferrari, which includes the roof, the tonneau cover, and the cargo area. The cargo area might have become smaller to accommodate the folding roof. The quarter windows went from being triangular windows to narrow glass, the design of which complements the look of the car with the roof down. Ferrari’s aim to turn the rear end of the car into a sleek and elegant element was successful. The car has a distinct personality both with the roof up and down. The lowering of the roof takes 14 seconds and can be done while driving up to 28 miles an hour. 

The view from the back has been revolutionized. The sloping rearview window has been replaced by two majestic buttresses. The buttresses give it a more streamlined look from the back but maintain the sloped fastback inspired look from the side. The quad rear lights and the quad exhausts surrounding the redesigned license plate area provides an odd sense of symmetry. 

Model

Ferrari 812 GTS

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

McLaren 720S Spider

Curb weight (lbs.)

3527

3472

3239

Length(in)

195.4

194.6

178.8

Width(in)

77.6

89.4

85

Height(in)

50.3

44.7

47

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

3.9*

4.2*

Wheelbase (in)

107.1

106.3

105.1*

Track width (in) F/R

65.8/64.7

67.7/66.9*

65.9/64.1*

Being the heaviest of the bunch doesn't affect the acceleration of the 812 GTS when compared to its competitors. When we see that the GTS is the longest, we assume that it will lead to increased cabin space or cargo space. However, when what we’ll see later, the cargo space isn't all that impressive. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster has the least height, which will help in the performance, however, when it comes to convertibles, we think a higher height is actually a good thing as it provides maximum space between the road and the occupants in case of any rollovers. 

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Safety

Since the 812 GTS has a retractable roof top, Ferrari has to take special precautions for making sure the passenger of the cabin are safe in the event of a rollover. From the design of the car, we can see that the rear buttresses have significant height. In case of a rollover, the occupants of the car will remain safe from the road, provided they follow safety regulations and wear their seatbelt. Unfortunately, the Ferrari 812 GTS has not been crash tested yet. It comes equipped with many safety features. 

  • 4 Wheel ABS
  • Self Leveling Headlights
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side Mounted AIrbags
  • Stability Control
  • Remote Anti Theft Alarm System
  • Traction Control
  • Driver and Passenger Airbags

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Competition

Ferrari 812 GTS vs. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Having a similar engine, the 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster is lighter, slightly faster and almost $200K more expensive. While the 812 GTS concentrates on luxury, comfort and providing a blissful driving experience, it is clear that the SVJ roadster focuses on being insanely quick. Both cars provide a totally different driving experience. It's not that the 812 GTS cannot be tracked, but the SVJ Roadster is more naturally inclined towards it. In our personal experience, the 812 GTS makes more sense.

Ferrari 812 GTS vs. McLaren 720S Spider

The underdog with the smallest engine but the lightest body makes the 720S capable enough to challenge the pricier and more powerful cars in the segment. The flair of the 812 GTS is something the McLaren cannot rival. The 720s Spider is midway between the canyon cruiser like the Ferrari 812 GTS and a tracked focused beast such as the Aventador SVJ. The 720s will provide the same fun the 812 GTS can but at a lesser price but one should keep in mind, that even though McLaren has been a competent rival on the track, it cannot overshadow Ferrari’s reputation when it comes to cruising or just “fun” driving.

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Final Verdict

While the 812 Superfast would seem more competent for the track, the 812 GTS would appeal more to the people who wish to cruise the mountain roads with a cold breeze in their hair. Ferrari’s masterful concoction of elegance and performance leaves anyone behind the wheel in pure exhilaration. The 4 decades Ferrari had us wait for another front mounted production convertible feels absolutely justified when we lay our eyes on the 812 GTS and see the Ferrari’s true essence coursing through its veins.