Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,881
Ernie- The Superamerica has a hot-rodded version of the same engine that went into the 612, so performance is very similar and both are rated at 540 hp. They even weigh about the same. The 612 came before the Superamerica. Early 612s and the Superamerica both come with the updated F1A system. The Sessanta and the OTO came with the F1 Superfast system, the OTOs have a new Type F133H engine, about which I know virtually nothing, and both have the earlier mentioned 599 gearbox case and dual plate clutch. Transparent roof and manettino are other changes.
As mentioned, performance is roughly the same for the 612 and Superamerica because the aluminum chassis on the 612 kept weight down, even though the 612 is considerably larger with a 2950 mm wheelbase vs 2500 mm for the SA.
Interior on the 612 is much more modern and it comes with a modern, lithium battery powered remote for the alarm system. The SA has the old three fob, two key system.
Reliability on both has been excellent, and problems with the SA top are largely related to two relatively easily replaced hydraulic struts, which need replacing every 3-5 years.
The Superamerica will hold value much better than a 612 Sessanta or OTO, both of which are still depreciating relatively rapidly. If you decide on an SA, somewhere around 30-40% had the HGTC package, which is worth having for the CCM brakes and better handling package. Especially since HGTC does not add anywhere near the $25K option price to current selling prices.
Two seats or four? Modern interior or retro? Depreciation? Your call.
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