The decision should be made easier, however, as there is an updated model available now. The new Ferrari 612 Scaglietti features a range of mechanical and specification updates, plus, for the first time, the 612 can be personalised to the max with the launch of the Ferrari One-to-One Programme.
Although we can argue about the looks, there is no argument when it comes to performance. Powered by Ferrari's high-tech 6.0-litre V12, the car produces 397 kW (@ 7250 rpm) and 588 Nm of torque and goes from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds.
From the outside, Ferrari enthusiasts would spot the standard carbon-ceramic brakes as well the new roof, which is now a glass panel that can automatically darken to reduce light transmission from 5 per cent to 95 per cent and any point in between!
Of course the most noticeable change is the ‘Challenge’ 20 inch ball polished alloy wheels.
Under the skin, the transmission and suspension have been updated. The 612 now has GTS suspension as standard while the steering wheel sports a new Ferrari Manettino switch that enables the driver to change the response of the engine, gearbox, brakes and suspension to suit road conditions or driving requirements.
One of the reasons we do love Ferraris is their gearboxes, whilst Aston is still working on their Sportshift and Lamborghini have all but perfected E-gear, Ferrari's F1 SuperFast gearbox (first seen in the 599 GTB Fiorano) has been improved even further, with gearshift times down to a remarkable 100 milliseconds.
“These mechanical and drivetrain changes make the 612 a more nimble, dynamic car to drive, which enables 612 owners to use their Ferrari in a wider range of road conditions and they ensure that the 612 retains and enhances its position as the ultimate grand tourer. How, significant though they are, these changes are but the beginning when it comes to the changes made to the 612 for 2008.” says Kevin Wall, General Manager for Ferrari in Australia and New Zealand.
Interestingly Ferrari has used the same name as Bugatti with "Atelier" for their studio. Prospective owners fly from all over the world to choose how to equip their own Ferrari 612 Scaglietti to a remarkable level of detail and personalisation.
Like most supercar manufacturers, Ferrari is more than happy to match any colour provided to them by a customer to produce both a body colour or an interior finish. The personalisation allows buyers to pick between literally an endless number of combinations to create their own unique Ferrari.
“The changes to the Ferrari 612 and the launch of the One-to-One programme enable it to stand head and shoulders above its rivals for performance, style, technology and a level of exclusive personalization that is nothing short of unique, the 612 remains what it has always been, the ultimate grand tourer, a car that seamlessly blends ultimate performance with luxury and ease of use to produce a car of extraordinary all round capability.” says Kevin Wall.
The current Ferrari 612 costs $575,700 for the six-speed manual and $601,200 for the F1 gearbox. Prices for the new range are yet to be released.
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The Ferrari 612 in detail
Dimensions and Weight
Overall length : 193.0 in 4902 mm
Overall width : 77.0 in 1957 mm
Height : 52.9 in 1344 mm
Wheelbase : 116.1 in 2950 mm
Front track : 66.5 in 1688 mm
Rear track : 64.6 in 1641 mm
Dry weight : 3803 lb 1725 kg
Kerb weight : 4056 lb 1849 kg
Fuel capacity : 24 UK gal 108 l
Type : 65 degree V12
Stroke : 3.50 x 3.03 in 89 x 77 mm
Unit displacement : 29.2 cu in 479 cc
Total displacement : 350.8 cu in 5748 cc
Compression ratio : 11.2:1
Maximum power : 397 kW (540 CV) @ 7250 rpm
Maximum torque : 588 Nm (434 lb ft) @ 5250 rpm
Maximum speed : 199 mph 320 kmh
0/100 km/h (0-62 mph) : 4.20 s
Gearbox : Man/ F1
0-400 m : 12.30s/ 12.25s
0-1000 m : 22.00s/ 21.95s
Combined : 20.7 l/100km
Carbon Dioxide Emission
Combined : 475 g/km
The 612 Scaglietti’s bodywork was styled in close collaboration with Pininfarina and beautifully dovetails functional and aesthetic requirements. The curve of the wheel arches, the bonnet, cabin and tail, in fact, lend it a beautifully aerodynamic thoroughbred grace.
But what gives the 612 Scaglietti a real touch of character are its scalloped sides, a styling cue borrowed from the legendary 375 MM bought by director Rossellini for actress Ingrid Bergman.
The traditional Ferrari air intake is given an original twist with the wheelarches protruding slightly further than the bonnet, while its projector headlights have transparent covers that display their inner workings. The rear section is big and solid-looking with the classic high round tail lights too.
The 612 Scaglietti is the first ever Ferrari 12-cylinder car to boast both an all aluminium space frame chassis and body.
The fruit of cutting-edge production and assembly techniques, the all-aluminium construction cuts the car weight by 40% and gives it excellent torsional rigidity. In addition to this, the 612 Scaglietti’s near-perfect weight distribution (46% front and 54% rear) means that it offers both the high performance driving of a mid-engined car and the roomy versatility of a front-engine layout.
The 612 Scaglietti has a space frame chassis. In fact, its structure consists of straight aluminium extrusions (38%) connected by casts (34%) which acts as joints. Sheet aluminium (28%) reinforces the structure. Unprecedented levels of robustness have been achieved with the new Ferrari’s chassis and bodywork too. In fact, they actually significantly exceed current international standards and cover many collision configurations which have yet to be applied.
The 612 Scaglietti boasts a wonderfully sophisticated sporty interior that reflects its all aluminium structure and advanced technologies. The pressed or solid aluminium used to trim the interior has been cleverly turned into a decorative element too.
The handcrafted leather, used to upholster the seats and in the interior trim, gives the cabin a sporty, exclusive ambience as well as making life aboard extremely pleasant indeed. The interior accessories include dualzone climate control system, sound system (radio with CD player and sixchannel digital unit developed especially by Bose for the 612 Scaglietti), a dusk sensor that automatically switches on the lights, a rain sensor that activates the windshield wipers, and an antitheft system with volumetric features.
The 612 Scaglietti’s boot is bigger too: 240 litres as opposed to the 465M’s 190 and the spare tyre cubby hole can even be used for extra luggage if necessary.
The 612 Scaglietti is powered by a 65 degree V12 engine that displaces 5,748 cc. it punches out 540 hp at 7250 rpm, a full 98 hp more than the 5,474 cc engine mounted in the 456M.
Various modifications have been made to optimise the engine’s performance and fluid-dynamics and make it perform even more stunningly than it first did in the 575M Maranello.
The 612 Scaglietti offers new more direct air intake tracts with separate ducts peer cylinder bank from the radiator grille opening on the front bumper, new exhaust system geometries and volumes to cut backpressure, a higher compression ratio (11.2: 1), and inlet tracks and exhaust porting with improved fluid dynamic characteristics.
The 612 Scaglietti also boasts a Bosch Motronic ME7 CPU and careful work on its dynamic handling means that it responds exceptionally quickly and smoothly, making it easier to control in all kinds of conditions.
Gearbox and Transmission
One of the unique strengths of the current Ferrari range is the F1 type gearbox.
This was taken a step further in the design of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano resulting in the astonishing F1-Superfast, which is now fitted to the 612. The new gearbox’s name encompasses the two key concepts behind its design: the fact that it is derived from the ultra-competitive world of Formula One and the faster-than-ever gear shifting times it delivers.
In fact, it was one of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano’s most innovative features, yet another world first on a road-going car and now it is available for the first time in a Ferrari with four seats. In traditional automatic gearboxes, the various operations involved in gear shifting are performed sequentially as follows: lifting off and declutching; disengaging; selecting and engaging; letting the clutch out as power is fed back in.
It follows therefore that the gear changing time should be calculated according to the necessary time to complete three gear changing operations in sequence – the so-called acceleration gap – rather than just as the time it takes to engage the gear. However, in a significant leap forward, the F1- Superfast’s absolutely innovative integrated engine and gearbox management programme allows the combined disengaging/ engaging of the gears partly in parallel with letting the clutch in and out.
The result is that overall gear-shift times are cut to 100 ms in high performance and super-high performance situations. This important achievement (a first for a production car) comes courtesy of the fact that the elastic energy within the transmission components is used to speed up gear change times. What happens in practice is that engaging and disengaging of the gears occurs slightly ahead of the clutch being let out or in when the speed of rotation of the input shaft approaches that of the output shaft.
Because of the F1- SuperFast’s structure, actually engaging the gear is completed in a breathtaking 40 ms. The F1 SuperFast intervenes as a function of engine rev speed and the position of the accelerator pedal. The sportier the driving conditions, the faster the gear changing. The result is absolutely exceptional driving pleasure at all times. In fact, even day-to-day driving is smooth and comfortable as the gear changing strategy is controlled by the new generation SoFast3.
The “acceleration gap” delivered by the 575M Maranello’s F1 gearbox was 250 ms, a figure that was slashed to just 150 ms courtesy of the SoFast3. Now, however, the Ferrari 612 boasts an acceleration gap that approaches that delivered by the Prancing Horse’s Formula One single-seaters. Nonetheless, the F1-SuperFast also allows the driver to select the Automatic Mode Button for even more comfortable driving.
The F1 gearbox is controlled by the driver using the now traditional steering wheel-mounted Ferrari paddles (UP on the right to go up through the gears and DOWN on the left to go down).