Close on the heels of the Ferrari F8 Spider making its debut, Maranello has revealed the spectacular 812 GTS. Essentially an 812 Superfast with a retracting roof, 812 GTS is currently the world’s most powerful cabriolet you can buy.

The closest contender to the drop-top hyper-cabriolet was the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster pushing out 759hp, followed by the C7 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.

Ferrari 812 GTS

The Ferrari 812 GTS possesses a clean, sleek design, yet manages to hint at the power it conceals beneath its hood.

A front-mounted 789-hp V12, two seats, and a retractable roof - performance motoring just became even more appealing.

Open-top driving with V12 symphony

Just like its coupe sibling, the Ferrari 812 GTS is fast. There is no doubting the naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 petrol engine which puts out 789hp and 718Nm. With those power figures, you can sprint to 100kph under three seconds, while 200kph comes up in a mere 8.3 seconds. The Ferrari 812 GTS can reach a top speed of 340kph. Despite gaining 75kg over the coupe, the difference in performance between them is negligible.

Of course, these numbers are what you expect from a marque like Ferrari. However, the clincher here is that there is a huge V12 engine up front. Drive it anyway you want, the experience is always backed by a throaty soundtrack emanating from quad-pipes flanking the rear diffuser. Just imagine dropping the top and letting the V12 rev up to its 8,900RPM redline, and you can guess the kind of experience the 812 GTS can deliver.

ferrari 812

Subtle aerodynamic elements blend into the overall design to create a deceptively simple-looking car.

Advanced Electronics

Ferrari has always been a pioneer in introducing clever technology that enhances the performance of its range of cars. The 812 GTS gets a magnetorheological damping system that is unquestionably one of the best suspension technologies today. A special feature is an electronically operated rear screen that acts as a windbreaker. It cuts out turbulence when the roof is down, while allowing the V12’s glorious sounds to better penetrate the cabin when the roof is up and the windows are down.

Finally, this is the first time in 50 years that Ferrari has built a production front-mounted V12 Spider. Previously, it was the 1969 365 GTS4, or the Daytona Spider. There have been convertibles with V12 engines up front like the 2000 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, 2005 575 Superamerica, 2010 SA Aperta, and the 2014 F60 America. However, these were all limited-edition cars.

With the 812 GTS, Ferrari is returning to its roots of elegant, fast performance cars. One look at the GTS and you can instantly make out that it is quite elegant, and definitely fast. The Ferrari 812 GTS is a tasteful, minimalist convertible in a sea of sharp, edgy, dramatic competitors. Kudos to Maranello for making it look equally appealing as its peers.