Ferrari 812 GTS: drop-top V12 unveiled

Published: 09 September 2019

► New convertible 812 GTS
► Same specs as Superfast coupe
► New for 2019 open-top GT

The second of two convertible Ferraris has arrived at same time as the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, even though Maranello’s supercar brand isn’t actually in attendance: this is the new Ferrari 812 GTS.

Ferrari has unearthed the GTS badge for its latest full series production front-engined V12 convertible (not a limited edition like the F60 America, for example) since the 365 GTS4. The 365, as it happens, was revealed exactly 50 years ago at the very same motor show.

The Ferrari 812 GTS at its world debut in Italy

The company helpfully shipped hundreds of media to Italy and then on to Germany for the IAA car show – and the tactics appeared to pay off, with homepages dominated by the Ferrari duo in the hours building up to the Frankfurt auto show.

Even Maranello admits the 812 GTS is essentially just an 812 convertible under a more historic name as it has the same engine and drivetrain as the Superfast coupe. That means the GTS uses a 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 making 789bhp and 530lb ft. All of that shove is sent to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Ferrari 812 GTS side

Ferrari has made considerable efforts to make the GTS feel exactly the same to drive as the Superfast, too, to dispel the myth that convertibles are always slightly softer and slower. The GTS still claims a 0-62mph sprint time of under three seconds and a top speed of 211mph. Side Slip Control v5.0 is included, as is a ‘Peak Performance’ driver assistance system which is designed to help give you feedback via the wheel to correct powerslides.

Ferrari has redesigned the rear splitter to combat the differences in aero that the GTS brings to the table and new air vents in the rear flanks reduce drag. The GTS uses LaFerrari Aperta aero tech to minimise buffeting with the roof down, including small black flaps on the top edge of the windscreen to deflect air away from the cabin.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches