2023 Ferrari 812 GTS _ Competizione

Starting Price: $405,450

Ferrari 812 GTS Overview

Besides limited-edition models like the new Daytona SP3, the only way to get a glorious V-12 engine in a Ferrari these days is to buy an 812. For 2023, the 812 comes in both GTS and new Competizione guise, both powered by a 6.5-liter V-12. The GTS makes 789 horsepower and its stowable roof lets you drink in the V-12’s otherworldly shriek.

But the big news for 2023 is the addition of the Competizione, which turns up the wick to create a 819-hp horsepower track monster. In the Competizione the V-12 can scream to a 9500 rpm redline, and the newest 812 variant stays planted to the road thanks to a massive rear diffuser and redesigned rear wing.

It also takes the already dramatic long-hood looks of the 812 GTS to a new extreme, with numerous vents and air intakes carved into the bodywork and a carbon fiber strip cutting across the hood. The Competizione unsurprisingly makes the 812 even faster, and also comes as a convertible, called Competizione A. With every Ferrari from here on out expected to be a hybrid, the latest 812 marks the end of era.


Naturally-aspirated V-12 powertrain, stunning styling, even faster Competizione.

  • LOWS

Compromised trunk space in GTS, dismal gas mileage, Competizione is already sold out.


The last naturally-aspirated V-12 Ferrari reminds us to savor this pre-hybridized moment, especially that screaming soundtrack.

What’s New for 2023?

The 812 lineup drops the Superfast but adds the extreme Competizione model. This track-oriented 812 gains 30 horsepower, lighter materials, revised aerodynamics. Ferrari will only build 500 coupes and 312 Competizione A convertibles, but they have all already been sold.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Ferrari offers the 812 GTS in a single spec that features carbon-ceramic brake rotors, 20-inch wheels, and an interior slathered in aromatic leather. Buyers can select from a host of paint colors, interior trimmings, and wheel designs, but that’s about the extent of the customization. Given that the Competizione is already sold out, we’d recommend the GTS, which allows us to enjoy the feeling of windswept hair and revel in long drives down the Pacific Coast Highway or through the Catskills.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Ferrari 812 GTS gets its muscle from a 789-hp 6.5-liter V-12, which delivers a bracing 530 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Although the GTS doesn’t use the Superfast name, it is still super fast, reaching a 211 mph top speed.

While we haven’t tested a GTS, the Superfast that we tested hit 60 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds. Ferrari claims the GTS should reach 60 about a tenth of a second behind the Superfast, likely owing to the necessary chassis reinforcements that make the convertible an estimated 265 pounds heavier than the coupe. In our drive of the GTS, we found the handling to be quite nimble for a near two-ton car, making it feel like a much smaller vehicle.

The removable roof makes it easy to listen to the 812’s stupendous noise—its exhaust note starts as a guttural growl and rises to an ear-piercing shriek. And the standard carbon-ceramic brakes bring this beast to a quick and decisive halt; the coupe needed just 142 feet to stop from 70 mph in our testing and performance should be similar on the GTS.

The Competizione takes things to a new level; while we haven’t tested one, we expect it to reach 60 mph around 0.2 seconds quicker than the GTS. The Competizione is so fast, in fact, that our senses struggled to keep up with the extreme speeds. It is the naturally-aspirated 812 pushed to its absolute limits.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 2023 Ferrari 812 GTS chugs fuel, averaging 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway per the EPA’s yardstick. The Lamborghini Huracán—a chief rival, albeit with a V-10—fares a bit better, returning 13 and 18 mpg, respectively, in those environs.

During our time with the 812 Superfast, we managed only 11 mpg, two points shy of its 13-mpg combined rating; we haven’t gotten our hands on a GTS for testing purposes. The Competizione actually performs slightly better than the GTS, returning 12 mpg in the city but 16 mpg on the highway. For more information about the 812’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Ferrari 812 GTS Interior, Comfort and Cargo

The 812’s cabin provides seating for two, with reasonably spacious accommodations, good ergonomics, and modern design. Wishing for drivers to embrace the grand-touring nature of the 812 and keep their hands on the wheel at all times, Ferrari eliminated the typical steering-wheel stalks and instead put push-button controls for the wipers and turn signals on the spokes.

As for storage space, the coupe outshines many competitors, offering 18 cubic feet of cargo volume. We can’t say the same for the convertible, though. The GTS’s roof-folding equipment cuts that down to a mere seven cubes. You’ll need to send most of your luggage on ahead.

Ferrari Infotainment and Connectivity

All 812 coupes and convertibles come with a six-speaker stereo, but why listen to that when you have a built-in V-12 soundtrack? An integrated navigation system with a voice-activation feature comes standard along with Bluetooth phone pairing and music streaming. Owners can option to have Apple CarPlay capability, but Android users are out of luck.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Like a lot of supercars, the 812 GTS and Competizione offer little in the way of driver-assistance features. For more information about the 812’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard backup camera
  • Standard front and rear parking sensors

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Ferrari’s limited and powertrain warranties match the coverage provided by Lamborghini. However, the Maranello automaker sets itself apart by offering seven years of complimentary scheduled maintenance; Lamborghini offers nothing of the sort.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for seven years with no mileage limit

Ferrari Specifications

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