Despite controversial styling, the 612’s performance is Formula One: It reaches 60 mph in just over four seconds and tops out at 199 mph
In naming its new four-seater Granturismo after Carrozzeria Scaglietti, Ferrari acknowledged the immense contribution made by its collaborator in the past 50 years. Founded by Sergio Scaglietti in 1951 and now a wholly owned subsidiary, the company has created many of Ferrari’s most memorable cars.
The 612’s brief called for a car capable of carrying four adults in comfort-rather than being merely a “2+2”-without sacrificing the superlative driving dynamics expected by dedicated Ferraristi. The 612 Scaglietti affords increased rear-seat knee room, almost three inches more headroom, and greater luggage space than its 456M forebear. Meeting this requirement, which involved moving the engine back, could only be achieved by means of an extended wheelbase, hence the generous stretch.
In styling the 612, Pininfarina paid homage to one of its most famous past creations-the fabulous 375MM commissioned by Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini for his wife, Ingrid Bergman-whose long nose and scalloped sides are echoed in the Scaglietti.
The 612 features an improved version of the 575M Maranello’s 5,748-cc 65-degree V12 engine producing 540 bhp and 434 lb/ft of torque. The F1A transmission has undergone significant improvement, incorporating extra synchronization cones for swifter changes.
The interior of the 612 Scaglietti is dominated by stitched handcrafted leather and aluminum. This is a sporting, sophisticated interior that reflects the 612’s high-tech soul and old-world pedigree. Dual-zone climate control and a specially developed nine-speaker Bose digital sound system are among the host of desirable standard features.
Effectively a new car, this 612 Scaglietti has a mere 250 delivery kilometres (150 miles) recorded. Purchased new by one of the world’s foremost car collectors, it represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of these most exclusive Granturismos at a substantial saving over the list price of $247,850. It is appropriately finished in Grigio Ingrid with Cuoio leather upholstery, the perfect color combination. The manufacturer’s guarantee commences in December 2005.