The Ferrari Testarossa

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Ferrari Testarossa – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari Testarossa

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Ferrari Testarossa – Technical Specifications

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Ferrari Testarossa – Key Details

Ferrari TestarossaDetail
Launched: 1984
Engine: flat 12 – Rear Engine
Power: 287 kW (390 hp) at 6300 rpm
Torque: 490 Nm (50 kgm) at 4500 rpm
Top Speed: 290 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 5.8 sec
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: 1:40.60
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari Testarossa

FERRARI TESTAROSSA – THE TOTALLY TUBULAR 80S SUPERCAR

Pininfarina’s radical new design made the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa an instant icon. Huge side strakes not only set the car apart from the 512BBi it replaced, but it set the stylistic tone for the entire decade: This is the car that will forever define the glitz and glamour of the 1980s. What sometimes gets lost in all of the nostalgia is the fact that, as Ferrari’s top model, the Testarossa was a world-class supercar. In fact, this was the most powerful production car in the world when it debuted.

SOME PERFORMANCE SPECS

Giving the Testarossa that distinction is a 4.9-litre, flat-12 engine mounted behind the driver. While this powerplant was the same size as unit used in the 512BBi, its four-valves-per-cylinder design boosted output by 50 bhp. Overall power was rated at 385 bhp, to go along with an impressive 490 Nm of torque. The Testarossa’s performance may not sound exceptional in today’s world of 1,000 horsepower hypercars, but its 5.2-second 0 to 62 mph time and top speed of 180 mph were vastly impressive figures nearly 35 years ago.

ABOUT THAT DESIGN

Like the 1957 250 Testa Rossa lending the car its name, the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa also made use of red camshaft covers to earn its nickname. The exterior bodywork, however, was all new, with no trace of 1950’s styling. The iconic side strakes did more than make this one of the most famous products of the 80s: They were necessary in order to send cool air back to the side-mounted water radiators. The most notable features, aside from those strakes, are the pop-up headlights, slatted rectangular taillights, and of course, that wide rear end. Even though it wasn’t’ required for cooling, a faux black grille was used to keep with Ferrari tradition.

PRODUCTION AND LEGACY

With production lasting from 1984 to 1991, an impressive 7,177 Testarossas were made. This style symbol’s legacy would be carried on well into the 1990s, long after the styling had become dated compared to the new, softer design language used in the 90s. The 512 TR and F512 M were nothing more than slightly updated Testarossas, and these models would stay in production, albeit with ever-declining sales numbers, through 1996.

Ferrari Testarossa – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari Testarossa – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/h5.8 s
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed180 mph / 290 km/h
Engine
Typelongitudinal flat-12
Overall displacement4943 cm3
Max. power output*287 kW (390 hp) at 6300 rpm
Max. torque*490 Nm (50 kgm) at 4500 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length4485 mm
Width1976 mm
Height1130 mm
Dry weight**1506 kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari Testarossa – Registry & Videos

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