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Ferrari Testarossa


Ferrari Testarossa

Meaning 'redhead' because of its red-colored valve covers on the Flat 12, the Testarossa was Ferrari's supercar for the 1980s. It was launched at the 1984 Paris Motor Show to mixed reviews because of the ostentatious side vents and massively wide rear just shy of 6.5ft (2m). The vents led to fan-assisted radiators either side, while the width was needed to house the engine, which was a progression of the 512 Berniletta Boxer engine from the 1970s. The Testarossa used a tubular steel frame with double wishbones front and rear, all covered in aluminium body panels. The transmission was mounted under the engine which meant more interior space. As Ferrari put it, 'The cockpit: a living room at 190 mph.' Testers said while the Testarossa was tricky to get into, once there, it exuded Ferrari and always seemed to have more power to offer.

Ferrari Testarossa Specifications

Top speed:170 mph (272 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.4 sec
Engine type:Flat 12
Displacement:302 ci (4,942 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:390 bhp (291 kW) @ 6,300 rpm
Max torque:360 lb ft (487 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm
Weight:3,675 lb (1,670 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (5 km/I)
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