A 196mph top speed makes the 612 Scaglietti the fastest four-seater Ferrari has ever produced, and with 540bhp from its 5748cc engine, the most powerful too.
The new car, which goes on sale in the UK next summer, is also Ferrari’s first front mid-engined car, this layout placing 54 per cent of the 612’s 1840 kilos over the rear wheels, the intention being to improve both traction and handling balance.
It is this mechanical layout that is responsible for the car’s unusual proportions, the V12’s location behind the front axle creating an unusually long bonnet, and cabin placed well to the rear of the car. An exceptionally long wheelbase – there’s another foot in it compared to the outgoing 456’s – is another distinctive feature. The 5.7-litre V12 is a development of the engine found in the 575 Maranello, its 25bhp gain over the older car largely down to reworked intake and exhaust manifolds. Torque generation remains the same, at 434lb ft produced at 5250rpm, while peak power emerges at a doubtless electrifying 7250rm. Apart from that 196mph top speed, that’s enough to have the 612 sprinting to 62mph in 4.2 seconds.