Is Ferrari planning a new 1,000bhp Testarossa?
To make things clear, this is currently a rumour but has a likelihood of it becoming reality. According to an unnamed source, via TheSupercarBlog, a big-time Ferrari collector who is part of Ferrari's 'inner circle' (super-rich) customers, claims that a new 1000bhp+ V12 supercar is being developed, but won't be revealed for a while. The best thing about this new mystery-car is that it's going to be called Testarossa.
The source also mentions that the 'inner circle' was told about the new Testarossa during a dinner hosted by Ferrari. The only details that the source was willing to tell was the engine size, power output and the Testarossa name. If the source is to be believed, it would be the first time in nearly 30 years that Ferrari would use the famous nameplate.
The Ferrari Testarossa which is loved by everyone was released in 1984 and had some truly impressive specs for its day. The Testarossa featured a 4.9-litre flat-12 engine which produces 385bhp and 361lb ft of torque. In the later 512 TR guise, the engine produced 428bhp and 362lb ft of torque. This version could reach a top speed of 195mph and had a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds. This was Ferrari's range-topping model in the mid-late 80s. In comparison, the Ferrari Portofino (Ferrari's current base model), produces 591bhp and 561lb ft of torque. 0-60mph is done in 3.5 seconds and goes onto 199mph. Not bad for a V8 and goes to show how quickly engine and car tech changes.
And if you cast your mind back to September 2018, Ferrari unveiled the Monza SP1 and SP2 which kickstarted the new Icona series of limited run cars. Said cars draw inspiration from the 1950s Ferrari racers. And that also brings us nicely to the 1957 250 Testa Rossa which was technically the first Testarossa. That car also had a V12 but with a 3.0-litre capacity and with 300bhp.
As great as it would be for a modern version of the 80s Testarossa, it's way more likely for Ferrari to create an Icona version of the 250 Testa Rossa, using the latest version of the Ferrari V12 as found in the 812 Superfast, which currently puts out 789bhp.
But this now brings us to a crossroad. Will the new Testarossa be a homage to the original 1957 250 Testa Rossa or the iconic 80s Testarossa? Be sure to cast your vote on the poll below.