January 6, 2004
Ferrari chooses Detroit to reveal 612 Scaglietti
For the first time in its history, Ferrari had chosen Detroit to launch an all new model – the 612 Scaglietti. Ferrari marks its 50th anniversary selling cars in North America in 2004 and North American is the top world market for Ferrari.
The 612 Scaglietti, the heir to the 456, is a 2+2, 12-cylinder-powered grand tourer. Designed by Pininfarina, the Scaglietti is named after Sergio Scaglietti, the Modena coachbuilder who created some of Maranello’s most stunning cars in the early years of Ferrari.
This is the first time that all-aluminum construction has been used on a Ferrari 12-cylinder model – for everything from the chassis to the body work. The result is a 60% increase in the rigity-weight ratio. The mid-front engine layout provides an exceptional weight distribution – 46% front and 54% rear – with the centre of gravity pushed back as far as possible. The 65 degree V-12 engine produces 540 hp at 7,250 rpm. The ‘6’ in 612 is the displacement – 5,748 cc – rounded off to 6 litres.
Estimated performance is 0-100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 314 km/h. The car’s performance is enhanced by a performance-oriented handling set-up with active damping and Ferrari’s CST stability and traction control system, a first use for Ferrari. The six-speed gearbox is available with both a manual and a new generation electro-hydraulic set-up, knows as the F1A, designed to marry speedy manual shifting with comfortable automatic use.
The 612 is more than a 2+2 coupe. It offers rear seat passengers two comfortable, roomy seats. The 612 Scaglietti offers notable leg room front and rear, and excellent headroom in the bosy-hugging rear seats too. The cabin, which can be fully personalised on request, is dominated by aluminum and hand crafted leather. Comfort and convenience features include dual-zone climate control, steering wheel controls and a Bose Hi-End sound system.