Ferrari couldn’t resist. It’s watched the likes of the Aston Martin DBS, Lamborghini Aventador and Bentley Continetal GT running away with the ‘ultra-quick, mega-pricey suntanmobile’ market and decided enough is enough. The 812 Superfast has lost its top. This, at long, long last, is the Ferrari 812 GTS.
Big buttresses, aren’t they? The humped rear deck hides a folding hard-top roof that whirrs electrically away in 14 seconds at up to 28mph, exposing the 812 GTS’s two occupants to the unholy fury of one of Ferrari’s finest-ever engines.
It’s a naturally aspirated, 6.5-litre V12, which can wake the dead from three counties away and then outrun the zombie hordes with a 789bhp, 530lb ft punch. It’s a monster.
Ferrari has traditionally let its open-top V8 cars do the heavy lifting when it comes to selling convertibles – it’s had the California, Portofino and Spider versions of the 458, 488 and now F8 Tributo on its books. There were short-lived roofless versions of the 550, 575 and the 599, but they were limited-edition rarities, less likely to see the sun than a ginger-haired Minecraft enthusiast.