2+2 versions are a tradition with Ferrari. The same tradition embraced
automatic transmission for the first time in 1976, when it was mounted on the 400 GT Automatic, followed in 1979 by the 400i and in 1985 by the 412.
The Ferrari 456 GT 2+2 now bows to this tradition with a special version, the 456 GTA 2+2, where the A stands for Automatic.
The basic reasons that led to the development of an automatic version are
the same in the past, but the scenario in which the 456 GTA makes its
appearance is very different.
The differences are:
The 456 GTA therefore enters the scene as a response to precise technical and market demands, alongside the successful 456 GT 2+2.
In purely technical terms, the 456 GTA combines the 65° V12 engine of the GT, with a rear gearbox-differential assembly, maintaining the weight distribution practically identical to that of the GT, namely 49/51 instead of 51/49. It is an improvement, albeit minute, on the better known version. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.5 s, while the top speed is 298 km/h.
The electronically controlled gearbox has an artificial intelligence that interprets the driver's driving style, cutting in and changing gear to match the situation.
If the transmission is positioned in third, performance is even sportier because the gearbox will adapt its behaviour to the driver's requirements.
In these conditions, the gears are changed up or down very rapidly, and at peak torque.
The Ferrari 456 GTA is yet another indication of Ferrari's policy of offering models that meet each and every requirement of those who love its cars.