Could this be the ultimate Ferrari replica?
With prices of supercars reaching ludicrous six-figure numbers, many petrolheads now look at replicas as an alternative way to own their dream car at the fraction of the cost. Usually, these kit cars look like the original car if the blueprint had been uploaded to the cloud in low resolution in the mid-eighties. However, once in a while, true gems get built meaning even motoring experts can’t tell the difference.
The most recent occurrence of this is a Ferrari Testarossa costing just $23,700 instead of the usual million-dollar sum. The great thing about this fake Prancing Horse is that, even after a good look, it still looks like the real deal. Which, I guess, is the whole point.
As with many fake supercars, this Testarossa is based on a Pontiac Fiero chassis. However, unlike most car builders, the creator of this particular model has taken the time to extend the wheelbase to avoid it looking like the love child of a Dino and a Ford Focus.
Powering that chassis is a supercharged 3.8-litre V6 putting out 240hp and 280 lb.ft of torque – a far cry from the original car’s 385hp and 354 lb.ft. However, it’s still a lot better than the Fiero’s weak 140hp. The remake’s modest amount of power goes to the rear wheels, but not before passing through a four-speed manual box.
The car’s interior is where the illusion gets slightly shattered. Although a lot of the dials look like Ferrari parts, and seats are supposedly from a 512 TR, and the button layout is very much late eighties America.
Although it would be amazingly rewarding to say you own a real Testarossa, most of us just don’t have that possibility. Therefore, replicas like this are a decent option. Even more so when you consider that the simple V6 is sure to be more reliable than the Ferrari flat-12 which has a reputation for producing more smoke than power.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, the car has already been snapped up by a lucky person that will surely fool all their friends until they start it up. Even then, most non-anorak wearers won’t know what a real 12-cylinder is supposed to sound like.