The days of big-capacity, naturally aspirated engines are numbered and that makes cars like the Ferrari 812 GTS even more special.

The GTS is the convertible version of the 812 Superfast and to our eyes, it looks even better than the hardtop. However, how good is it to drive? Tiff Needell is the ideal man to answer that question.

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Soon after jumping behind the wheel of the Italian supercar, Needell can’t help but mention the vehicle’s price. As this example is a press car, it has been outfitted with a plethora of options that include no less than £22,000 ($30,640) in carbon fiber that does nothing to add to the vehicle’s performance and is there solely for aesthetic reasons. All up, this tester is rocking more than £40,000 (~$58,000) in options but let’s be honest, if you have the money to buy a brand new 812 GTS, you also have the money to select some pricey extras.

Of course, the real highlight of the 812 GTS is its 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12. This brute of an engine muscles out 789 hp and sounds absolutely incredible, thanks in no small part to the fact that it revs through to 8,900 rpm. It offers extraordinary levels of performance, so much so that you can only enjoy that redline in first gear as in any other gear you’ll be doing well over the speed limit, Needell mentions.