The 612 Scaglietti is the perfect marriage of sporty thoroughbred Ferrari berlinetta performance and excellent onboard comfort for four occupants. The replacement for the highly successful 456M, the new model's own winning combination derives from a roomy interior enhanced by significantly larger dimensions, a 60 kg reduction in weight, and a range of uncompromising design solutions. The 612 Scaglietti's most significant features include:
- All-aluminium space frame chassis and bodywork construction used for the very first time on a Ferrari 12-cylinder and built entirely by Ferrari at the Scaglietti light-alloy technologies facility. The result is a massive 60% increase in overall structural rigidity (rigidity-weight ratio). The 612 Scaglietti's advanced aluminium construction also translates into improved comfort and handling, in addition to offering maximum occupant protection in the case of a collision.
- A mid-front layout with the engine mounted behind the front axle, and the gearbox and differential in unit at the rear ensure that the centre of gravity is kept as far back and as low as possible. This in turn significantly improves the car's dynamics in terms of performance (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds), stability and braking efficiency, as well as delivering much nimbler handling. Excellent weight distribution (46% front, 54% rear) is enhanced by a performance-oriented handling set-up with active damping and the special CST stability and traction control system, used here for the very first time on a Ferrari.
- A 65° V12 engine with a displacement of 5,748cc which is rounded off to give the figure 6 (litres) in the 612 model designation. The V12 represents the very pinnacle of Ferrari engine design, thanks in particular to improved fluid dynamic characteristics of the intake and exhaust manifolds, generating a blistering 540bhp at 7,250 rpm. The six-speed mechanical gearbox is available with both a manual and a new generation electro-hydraulic set-up, known as the F1A, designed to marry fast manual gear shifting with comfortable automatic use.
Designed by Pininfarina to epitomise dynamism and elegance, the 612 Scaglietti boasts characteristic scalloped sides that recall the famous 375 MM bodied by the Turin coachbuilder for Rossellini and used by Ingrid Bergman. Its thoroughbred spirit effortlessly combines with outstanding comfort and space on board, from the ease of entry for all four occupants and the notable legroom (helped by an increase in length of 139 mm compared to the 456M), to the excellent rear seating layout with extra headroom. Lastly, the overall roominess of the 612 Scaglietti is complemented by a 240-litre luggage compartment - a full 25% larger than the 456M's - which can hold a five-piece Ferrari luggage set or two golf bags.
The level of on-board comfort is completed with a range of new generation of ergonomic features: the instrument binnacle and steering wheel-mounted commands designed for maximum driver control, dual-zone climate control, and a Hi-End Bose sound system specifically developed for the 612 Scaglietti's sophisticated aluminium and leather interior which can, naturally, be fully personalised on request.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
...that's the word I'd use to descrive the 612. To me, the 456 (both the original 456 and the 'modificata' version) was one of the most beautiful cars ever produced. Simple elegance and agression in equal propotion but this Scaglietti is just clumsy from some angles. I wouldn't say it's ugly but..just dissapointing. I'm sure it's a superior car in every other way to the 456. But if it was me, choosing between a used dark blue 456MGt and a new 612, the 456 gets my money every time!
Once again Ferrari at it's Finnest
The new Ferrari 612 Scaglietti has got to be Ferrari's most beautiful 2+2. Ever since the spectacular 166 Inter Ferrari has a very long history in building 2+2 GT Automobiles. Ferrari and Pirinafirina have done an excellent job creating this masterpiece, and tuning to the highest standards. Ferrari took on the great role of attemting to replace the fabulous 456, and in the end they have created the most beautiful 2+2 ever created. The 612 will go head to head with the Upcoming Aston Martin DB9, and we all know when it comes down to the line the Aston Martin will always be left in the dust, trying to find its way through a thick lair of Pirelli tire smoke in the air, and can just see a glimer of Rosso Corso Red Paint glimering in the light. Also the Aston Martin is English need I say more, The Italians have always led in Design and Power, and will continue to do so.
H÷ger Porsche 22-11-2003
Everytime I look at a Ferrari, I wonder, how is it possible for a car to be soooo soooo beautiful?(and this goes for ALL Ferraris) Then when I saw this I was once again hypnotized by that wonderful look. Its amazing these cars are all hand made, damn what I wouldn't give for one. I'm glad that this Ferrari is significantly different than its older bro the 456. If only they would've done the same for the Maranello line up, and given it a REAL new look, not just a new bumper and wheels.