1989 Ferrari Testarossa - Evil in Black

Photographed in November 2018 at Richmonds, South Australia

2y ago

You don't see too many Testarossas in Black, so this was a treat!

I think black hides the lines on most cars, but just makes this big flat-12 Ferrari look mean and evil!

In the 80's and into the 90's the Testarossa was Ferrari's flagship, the pinnacle of excellence, with technology drawn directly from the F1 cars of the day.

Designed by Pininfarina, the Testarossa was produced from 1984 until 1991, with almost 10,000 being built, including the 512 TR and F512M variants, making them one of the most mass-produced Ferraris ever.

Featuring a mid-engined flat-12 cylinder of 4.9 litres capacity. the balance was less tha ideal - 40% front and 60% rear, making them very tail-happy and prone to snap oversteer.

As demonstrated here, the Testarossa was not a small car, having a width of almost 2 meters!

Twin radiators at the rear and some strange regulations in several countries spawned the unusual side vents (called cheese graters of egg slicers) that the Testarossa shared only with the 348 series V8 cars.

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Comments (6)

  • Black looks good on this car. You're right it usually hides lines, but on this car, it almost brings them out.

      2 years ago
  • Always loved TRs Black is cool, but there’s a shade of blue that’s particularly nice too.

      2 years ago
  • Blu Sera Metallic. Photo credit Lucas Scarfone.

      2 years ago
  • That’s my favourite car

      2 years ago