Ferrari Testarossa

Extract from Performance Car

So what if the Testarossa was a bit soft around the edges and lacked the visual elegance of the earlier and later Ferrari products? It was bloody quick, created crowds wherever you parked it and set people dreaming of how they would spend that major pools win.

The Testarossa had a sensational V12 engine, made a noise that could make grown men tremble and, on a good day, might even hit 180mph. It was also relatively easy to drive, with the proviso that you had to watch out for the wide tail if you were on a ten-tenths run.

Hardcore drivers were right to criticise the Testarossa for not being as sharp as a flagship Ferrari should be, but this was far from being the worst car to wear the Prancing Horse badge. It is perhaps a borderline case of what a true icon should be, but I bet you would enjoy one if you drove it.



Facts & Figures

Production Numbers ?
Production Period 1984 - 1992
Chassis Number Range ?
Body Style 2 seater sports coupe
Construction Closed 2 seater (Pininfarina design) - steel tubular frame with steel & aluminium panels
Weight Empty 1506 kg
Body Size W : 1976 mm, H : 1130 mm, L : 4485 mm, Wheelbase : 2550mm, tracks : 1518 mm (F), 1660 mm (R)
Engine Model Flat 12
Engine Displacement 4943cc - bore 82.0 mm, stroke 78.0 mm
Compression Ratio 8.8 : 1
Ignition ?
Spark Plugs ?
Cooling ?
Lubrication ?
Clutch ?
Engine Power 390 bhp at 6300 rpm (= 78.9 HP/litre)
Engine Torque 354 lb ft at 4500 rpm (48.9 kgm)
Transmission 6 synchronized gears (manual)
Reduction Ratios 1st - 3.25, 2nd - 2.08, 3rd - 1.58, 4th - 1.21, 5th - 0.91, 6th - ?
Final Drive 3.21 : 1
Fuel Capacity ?
Suspension (Front) ?
Shock Absorbers (Front) ?
Suspension (Rear) ?
Shock Absorbers (Rear) ?
Wheels Speedline, light-alloy, detachable, F : 7.5J x 16, R : 8.5J x 16
Tyres Pirelli P Zero, F : 225/50 ZR16, R : 255/50 ZR16
Brakes Brembo vented discs with vacuum assist
Steering Rack and Pinion
Electrical System ?
Maximum Speed 180 mph / 290 kph
Acceleration (0-30 mph) 2.4 seconds
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 5.3 seconds
Acceleration (0-100 mph) 12.2 seconds


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