Join Date: Oct 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,996
test drive..Scud then Speciale..impressions.
Went with a friend to Niki in Basel. My friend is in the process of thinking to buy his first Ferrari and I’m happy to assist. No question, Niki Hasler is the place to go.First we test drove the Scud, fast, very mechanical hammer man job on 10 Celsius outside temp. including autobahn, hilly and bended road with lots of chances to quick gearshift and brake test maneuvering. 50 – 60 km in total for each car.
The Scud is a classic already, wonderful, really wonderful to have it experienced again. Quick, hard, exact…Scud Feeling as we know it.
Then the Speciale, calmer under low rpm warm up, not too much mechanical senses in the beginning. Once warm, blindingly fierce/fast acceleration, more, much more road stability under fierceful throttle useage, stronger brake deceleration, you fly towards the curve like a Jet and have more control on the following braking/down shifting process. You are much, much faster than in the Scud although the „mechanical senses“ of the Scud makes you believe that the vast difference is less, but that feeling is pure subjectivity. Acceleration in the curve while upshifting is way more stable with the Speciale than with the Scud which kind of „jump’s/slides“ slightly under hard acceleration/up gear shifting and gets more nervous on the back axle naturally so. Great stability on both cars when braking late into the corner but Speciale is another animal….huge sense of security difference (only sense…no... it‘s real). Speciale hangs more aggressiv on the throttle and the way up the rpm meter evolves faster up to 8‘ rpm which was our max. today as road temperature was not so high to exploit the limit nearly. Until 4 rpm’s could be driven like S-Class, 4 to 6‘ like the 458 Italia, but above that, the Speciale explodes to a blizzard.
Conclusion: Speciale brought me the sensations of the F12 in 8 cylinder form (and you know how much I love the F12), Scuderia is wonderful and will get you many of the senses of the Speciale and mechanical wise some more but then misses some more which the Speciale gives you, like speed, better control, better brakes, better roadholding……..uuuhhh!
My friend has a Problem as he thought a Scud buy would economically make more sense when we arrived there, but ....the emotions, the emotions. What a car. Dangerous, very dangerous to fall.
Present: 365 GTB/4, Scud
Past: 250 GTE, 250 PF (2), 275 GTBsn, 330 GTC, 456GT, 550, 360Stradale, 430Scuderia, F40, F50