If you happen to design sports cars for a carmaker like Ferrari, you might wind up with one with your name branded to it. For instance, look at the 2+2 612 that have been named after Sergio Scaglietti, the designer that started making the Maranello vehicles in the 1950s.
The 612 Scaglietti is well dressed and ready for success; this vehicle is well executed with myriad refinements. The 612 is handsome, aggressive, speedy, and impressive, and it's domesticated enough to prove desirable for long or short drives. The four-seater 612 has a smooth V-12, 533 horsepower engine managed by the F1A six-speed auto-clutch tranny. Pressing the petal to the floor leads to smooth acceleration, give it some more push and this vehicle will conquer 199 miles per hour as one dissolves into the limo luxury-like interior seating and customized and stylish cockpit.
The 612 defines speed and style, marrying the two concepts perfectly. This car feels more like a First Class plane ride. The valet will warmly welcome you when you pull up in front of your destination too.
Engine: 5.7L V-12
Transmission: 6-speed auto-clutch automatic
Model: 612 Scaglietti
Ferrari doesn't revise models so much as replace them once they've aged. "We build them right the first time," you'll likely hear a Ferrari employee tell you. In 2009, Ferrari added its famed "manettino" driving-modes control to the steering wheel and revised the F1 gearbox for quicker shifts. And you can't get a manual six-speed transmission any more. Not that you'll care.
The 612 isn't one of the more extroverted Ferraris -- by design. This is a Q ship for slipping across the autostrada in high-speed anonymity (if you can call that slinky aluminum body "anonymous").
The 612 sports an eight-channel digital surround sound audio system for bathing the ears of four adults in pristine tones, while an electrochromic glass sunroof offers three tint levels at the twirl of a dial.
Performance & Handling
If you're feeling anti-social, the 612 can leave your fellow motorists in the dust --it'll charge from 0 to 60 mph in just over four seconds without even breathing hard. The super-long wheelbase (longer than many SUVs) soaks up road imperfections, while the aluminum spaceframe is taut and quiet over even rough surfaces. And that V-12 is a smooth as fine bourbon.
In addition to airbags, the 612 offers the full suite of electronic chassis systems --ABS, traction control, stability control. Also contributing to passenger peace of mind is that lightweight but highly stout aluminum structure.
EPA Fuel Economy
9 mpg city/16 mpg highway
- Supreme refinement
- Spacious (for a Ferrari) cabin
- Effortless pace
- Not being a "typical" Ferrari owner
You Won't Like
- Shocking window sticker
- Paying fuel bills
- Hearing "That's a Ferrari?"
Sweet and subtle. But maybe too subtle
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