- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 29, 2003

One of the eye-catchers to be introduced at the North American Auto Show in Detroit in January will undoubtedly be the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

The Pininfarina design of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is a development of the styling of the 456M GT. The new Ferrari has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine, hence the indication 612.

Scaglietti is the name of coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti, who worked in Modena and teamed up with Enzo Ferrari from the start of the Ferrari company.

As he was a master in sculpting aluminum, Ferrari dedicated the all-aluminum 612 to the memory of the specialist.

The new sports car has an aluminum space frame and body, a first for a Ferrari 12-cylinder model. It is completely built at the Scaglietti light alloy technologies facility, now a division of Ferrari.

The 612 replaces the 456M and is not only longer (193 inches) and roomier, but is also 132 pounds lighter thanks to the aluminum construction. There is also a 60 percent increase in overall structural rigidity. This is improving comfort and handling, and offers far more protection for passengers in case of a crash.

The 612 Scaglietti uses a midfront layout with the 65 V-12 of the 575 Maranello placed directly behind the front axle for improved weight distribution (46/53 front/rear).

Ferrari improved the power output (thanks to changes of the intake and exhaust manifolds) of the engine from 515 to 540 horsepower at 7,250 rpm; the maximum torque stays the same: 434 foot-pounds at 5,250 rpm.

The V-12 is teamed with a six-speed stick shift with both manual and electro-hydraulic setup, the so-called F1 A, for automatic use. The combination in the 612 Scaglietti is good for acceleration from 0-60 mph in just four seconds, whereas the top speed should be above 196 mph. The 612 has 18-inch tires in the front and 19-inch tires in the rear.

For optimal handling, the new car is equipped with active damping and the special CST stability and traction control, a first for Ferrari.

The comfort in the cockpit should be excellent with new ergonomic features for the instrument panel and commands on the steering wheel, with dual-zone climate control, and a high-end Bose sound system specifically developed for the 612 Scaglietti’s sophisticated aluminum-and-leather interior.

An announcement about when the new Ferrari will be available and at what price will most likely be made in Detroit.

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