Interior and tech
Sliding behind the wheel of the 812 is a moment to savour. The long arm and short leg driving position is a bit of an Italian throwback, but the low-slung layout makes you feel instantly at home. Visibility isn’t too bad either, which is a good thing in a car as wide and low as this.
As with all Ferraris, the steering wheel is chock full of controls, including buttons for the lights, indicators and wipers, plus the trademark manettino that controls the various driver modes and stability control settings. It’s all very Formula 1. Ahead of the driver is a TFT dial pack that houses a giant rev counter and phalanx of configurable minor instruments. As an option you can have a similar screen that sits in front of the passenger, distracting them from the fear induced by the car’s ferocious performance. The rest of the minor controls are laid out on a spar that runs between the front seats.
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You can’t fault the quality of the interior (you’d be surprised if you could given that the car costs as much as it does), but some of the plastics used feel a little, ahem, like they’ve come out of a Fiat. Still, ignore these and take in the beautifully finished carbonfibre inserts and the lovely Alcantara coverings and all is forgiven.
As you’d expect, the 812 has the full gamut of tech, from satnav through to Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment functions are all grouped on a screen to the left of the main dial pack and are accessed via a fairly intuitive rotary and push-button controller