Quote from the Founder of Ferrari

"The Ferrari is a dream-people dream of owning this special vehicle and for most people it will remain a dream, apart from for those lucky few." -Enzo Ferrari

Saturday, September 27, 2008

2009 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

The oldest current model, the 612 Scaglietti, is also its least desirable, if the marketplace is any indication. While the F430 and the 599 GTB Fiorano enjoy long waiting lists, Ferrari's flagship can sometimes be bought right off of the showroom floor. Does it make the car bad? Not at all-it's still a Ferrari.
The problem is that the 612 has an elegant, reserved demeanor compared to the entry-level F430 with which its behavior is juvenile in respect to the polished Scaglietti that feels best when it's cruising gently around town. Its V-12 is quiet inside the cabin, the ride is plush, and the steering is light, offering far less feedback than you'd expect. The interior is flawlessly finished, with beautiful leather on every surface.
When you turn the manettino to Sport mode, the 612's automated-manual transmission starts off a neck-snapping, 100-millisecond, full-throttle shift. That may explain the Ferrari key fob, which seems totally out of place in this understated coupe, remains arrest-me red.
Ferrari has made some subtle changes to the Scaglietti for its fifth year, and one not-so-subtle change to the price. The cheapest 612 you can now buy retails for an almost incomprehensible $318,538. Last year, you could drive out of a dealership in a 612 for roughly $55,000 less. What do you get for the extra money?
First of all, an updated SuperFast version of Ferrari's F1 automated-manual gearbox is now standard, complete with the aforementioned manettino. A manual transmission is no longer available. If you force it to, the updated 612 will haul its 4100-pounds self to 62 mph in 0.2 sec.
faster than before, in four seconds flat. The coupe keeps accelerating to 199 mph, and it's them numbers that is likely will impress potential 612 customers.
The updated Scaglietti also receives a Bose infotainment and navigation system and a glass panoramic roof. A center-console-mounted, three position switch commands electrochromatic elements in the glass to help block the sun's rays and keep the interior cooler on warm days.
If the sticker price still isn't steep enough, you can make use of Ferrari's new One-to-One program, which allows you to customize your car to your own tastes.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/

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