I just bought a 430 two weeks ago, but I really love the 612. For my first F-Car, I really did want the mid engine racer.
I would like to add the 612 as a DD. A serious GT that is stunning with that great V12 in the front and large enough to use on a regular basis......Steve
You know, I used to drive my RR Corniche DHC for all my continent crossings. I go across Europe on a regular basis by car. The Roller as you know is a maestro for long distance driving. But once I took my first 612 into commission I left the Roller in the garage ten times out of ten for my longtrips. Only after two years did I come down to nine times out of ten, still in favour of the 612. The Roller is now principally taking turns with the 430 for the daily driving. It is good not so many fancy the 612. That makes it so much more special. I see the Fioranos everyday in these neighbourhoods but only occasionally do I see a 612, just a-floating along in its own bubble of majestic might. That torquey engine pulls you around the downtown corners in forth if you like. The latest models have the fastest Superfast II gearbox and the carboceramic brakes with 20" wheels as standard. The latest models also sport the lovely transparent roof.
The 612 can be a nuisanse in the parking houses though. It is a very big car. You need to order it with the parking camera to be fine. It is actually quite a bit easier to swing around the Corniche in the tight parking houses of today.
One of the best city cars for me is the 430 Spyder. It's actually the best city car I've had. It is smaller, much shorter than the 612 and it flies around town like a little Smart car (almost). It has a 250 liter luggage compartment which means there is no grocery tour too big for it. It comes with a great stereo option which is handy for slow, down town traffic although it will never measure up to the acoustics of an all option 612, not in a million days. Add to this the availability of SottoZero:s and the fact that the 430 is one heck of an amusing and powerful car for inspiraional hard core driving, and you have one of the most complete cars money can buy.
If you can have both of these cars, you are the man indeed. I salute you. If you want a fully equipped 612 in the "right" colour combo, my old one is for sale at Kessel Auto in Lugano. It is not for sale under my flag so that is not why I'm putting sugar on top of it. It is just a d4mn fine car which never gave me one single worry.