The Big Daddy Ferrari.
A Ferrari flagship is always a great idea. We drove the rather large Ferrari 612 Scaglietti or in other words, the big daddy Ferrari.
This is the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. Yes I know what you think, it looks like it could have gotten a more athletic body. Yes but no! You see this car preceded a car that we really like here at Cars & Recreation, the FF. So, the mission for Ferrari was to get big. But stop calling her fat! It was Ferrari's proud flagship from 2004 to 2010 and the 612 was always glad about its generous size. Yet, I always thought I hated the 612 up until I got near one.
The 612 replaced the 456 and its pop-up headlights. It became, at the same time, longer, wider and about 100 kg fatter. Nevertheless, the Scaglietti inherited an amazing 5.7 V12 from the 575 Superamerica that developed 540 hp, around a hundred more than the previous car. It had one mission, seat comfortably up to four people in the most stylish way. This 2+2 coupé grand tourer could go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 323 km/h. Not too bad for a 1850 kg car.
I thought I always disliked the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. And it all started with the way it looks. When it came out in 2004, I was only 13 years old but immediately knew that it wasn't my favorite Ferrari. However, now I'm older and wiser so here is what the modern me thinks of it. Visually-speaking, it wasn't a very bold move from the Maranello brand. The design is elegant and quite flat, it was probably very easy to draw... But I've really started to appreciate the smooth lines and simplicity of the 612's look. Designed by (you guessed it) Carrozzeria Scaglietti it pays homage to the coach built 375 MM commissioned in 1954 by movie director Roberto Rossellini.
The second thing I used to dislike was the size of the 612. Being 4.9 m long and nearly 2 m wide it might not be the biggest car in the history, but in Ferrari's world, it's gigantic. The thing is that being the flagship of the brand, Ferrari wanted a car that could seat four people comfortably and accomodate all the necessary luxuries. Indeed, the car was more roomy than the 456 but also more luxurious. For the first time, Ferrari offered the One-To-One personalization program that was initially launched for the 612. Yeah, honestly, this was the most luxurious thing you could get from Maranello. Additionally, Ferrari launched a multitude of special editions and one-offs like the Sessanta, GP Berne Edition, the Kappa, and even a police car in the United Kingdom.
Third thing I thought I would hate... The transmission. The 612 was offered with, either a manual or the F1-like automatic. Unfortunately, only about 6% of all 612's had a stick. The one we tried was equipped with the automatic. I was not expecting much, and just said to myself "How oldschool and slow is this going to be?" Well, I was quite surprised by its smoothness and it isn't that bad. The people looking for a quick-shifting beast will be disappointed but for the logical person who is simply looking for a GT capable of doing long trips, the 612 is ideal. Also, they aren't the same budget and manual 612's will reach up to $250'000 while this one is "only" $70'000.
Is it a good investment? That's the million-dollar question. I would say that all V12 Ferrari's are a good investment. We are living the last moments of V12 Ferrari's and getting your hands on one is like getting a piece of history. It might not be the most focused Ferrari ever but it surely is one of the most luxurious and imposing cars that the brand from Maranello created. And if Luca Di Montezemolo drove one while he was the CEO of Ferrari, you know it can only be a great automobile.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti