575 replacement to be called Testarossa=
Wednesday 5th October 2005
Storming Testarossa returns
One of the most famous names in Ferrari history is being tipped for a hero's return, Auto Express can reveal. The legendary Testarossa badge has been worn by the Italian maker's finest road and race cars since 1956, and is now set to grace the replacement for the 575M.
Called the F600 Testarossa, the model will be the first Ferrari to wear the badge since the flat-12-engined 512TR. The name Testarossa means red head, and refers to the fact that the cars bearing the title have all had the top of their engines painted 'rossa'.
The F600's race-derived V12 cylinder heads will also be coloured red. In addition, the model is expected to feature a clear bulge
in the centre of the bonnet - similar to Pininfarina's Rossa, revealed in 2000 - through which the mighty powerplant will be visible.
Further fresh ideas include scalloped sides and a rounded tail. The newcomer is also expected to take some of its styling inspiration from the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - another model to resurrect a famous name from the Maranello-based manufacturer's past.
Although engine type and design is still to be confirmed, it is believed that the Testarossa will be powered by a 6.0-litre V12 producing at least 550bhp, through either a six-speed manual or six-ratio semi-automatic gearbox. The car will be launched late next year.