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post #1 of 9 Old 09-28-2013, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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Manual 612, a good idea?

Does anyone have experience of manual 612's? Does the gearbox suit the car? I would imagine as a gt, a manual six speed shift would suit the cars touring ethos?
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The manual shifter in the 612 is essentially identical to the one in the 550 and 575M and well proven to be reliable and fun to use. Since the engine in the 612 is the same as the 575M engine with manifolding and ECU changes, the high torque engine and manual shifter work together very well. Manual shifter 612 owners have been very happy with their Ferraris, which are relatively rare at somewhere between 5% and 10% of production.

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Does anyone have experience of manual 612's? Does the gearbox suit the car? I would imagine as a gt, a manual six speed shift would suit the cars touring ethos?
I have driven both. Generally prefer manuals but the F1 suits the 612 better.
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Probably why the ratio was 10-20:1 F1.

But the manual shifter works fine if that is what you want and you can find one.

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Just feel that the 612 would be a nice drive with the manual stick, more to do, more involving etc. Love paddles as well, but having driven an FF recently I feel that the F1 gearbox from a few years back feels a little dated. Thanks for feedback.
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Just feel that the 612 would be a nice drive with the manual stick, more to do, more involving etc. Love paddles as well, but having driven an FF recently I feel that the F1 gearbox from a few years back feels a little dated. Thanks for feedback.
The F1 in the 612 does feel dated and I know this makes no sense, but somehow it better fits the nature of the car.
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The F1 in the 612 does feel dated and I know this makes no sense, but somehow it better fits the nature of the car.
I've often read, and agreed with many of your posts Boxer, you sure know your ferraris!! But today I drove a manual 612 and I'm afraid I must disagree. It was so much more engaging to drive, a modern classic, a real departure from the modern Ferraris of today. As a drivers car I am totally sold! I will be buying one as soon as I can find one for sale! Any idea where to look? Blue with tan first choice, although I understand I can't be to be picky!
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I've often read, and agreed with many of your posts Boxer, you sure know your ferraris!! But today I drove a manual 612 and I'm afraid I must disagree. It was so much more engaging to drive, a modern classic, a real departure from the modern Ferraris of today. As a drivers car I am totally sold! I will be buying one as soon as I can find one for sale! Any idea where to look? Blue with tan first choice, although I understand I can't be to be picky!
Are you looking in North America or Europe?
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Are you looking in North America or Europe?
Car would need to be RHD as I live in the UK. I've done a little more research in the last few days and have been told by someone who lives a breathes ferrari that only 7 came to the UK?!!! When did you drive one Boxer? Was it a UK car?
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