A tribute to the most unloved of all supercars – the four-seater
There are certain types of supercars that suffer from a lack of love from enthusiasts. In the case of these picks though it’s for a pair of obvious reasons, namely the pair of rear seats in the back.
For reasons that escape me, four-seat supercars have always been divisive, they depreciate like the last-generation iPhone while being derided as ‘not a proper supercar’.
So as a brief tribute to what we feel is the most unloved of all supercars, here is a pairing of four-seat supercars that we feel are more than deserving of the ‘supercar’ moniker. Both have style and power in abundance as well as being capable haulers of both people and many things.
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
The 612 was something of love/hate car for Ferrari when it was launched in 2004. The reason why should be fairly obvious, those divisive looks that one fellow motoring writer described it as ‘slightly gawpy’ looking. We disagree with this analysis as I think the 612 is one of prettiest Ferrari’s ever made.
From the headlights in that pretty nose which leads onto to that curvaceous roofline, the entire car is pure Ferrari insanity. Only 3,025 examples were sold during the cars six-year production run.
It shared it’s 5.7-litre V12 engine with the 575 Superamerica which produced 533 bhp meaning that 0-62mph came around in a swift 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 199 mph which is very quick for big four-seater that can cross a continent in both comfort and style.
For those of you that are slightly unfamiliar with the Lambo’s of old, I suspect you may have just uttered the words ‘Lamborghini What?’. Well, the bread van like four-seat Espada was the result of Bertone design way back in 1968. During its ten-year production run, a total of 1,217 of these gorgeous GT’s were built.
That long bonnet contained a 3.9-litre V12 engine that produced 321bhp in the series III model. It used a monocoque steel body and was equipped with fully independent suspension and twin fuel tanks. It was also the first cars to be fitted with an auto-box that could transfer the torque of a large sporting V12 motor.
In terms of the way it looks, some will hate it, but we think it’s absolutely stunning. From that long sweeping bonnet to that breadvan looking rear end with an almost upswept tail, the entire car just shouts Lamborghini craziness very loudly.
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