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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.
Chris Thorp
 

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so much for that, would have been nice though :confused:
 

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If it looks anything like a 575M or 612 it will be a waste of the name.

It should be as radical and make the same overwhelming and powerful statement the mid-engined/big assed TR's did, 1985 through 1994. Those cars simply COULD NOT be mistaken for anything else.

Rule of thumb, "Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you read"

If they make this a forward/mid-engined bubble car like the last 3 it has designed (575-612-599), regardless of it's performance, it will be an absolute waste of the TR name. They'll probably sell like hot cakes but still a waste of the name.

If they were smart they would revisit the mid engine format again. The Enzo is out of production and not necessarily widely liked in style because it was focused more on it's intention of F1 heritage than overall estectics.

A new mid-engine car is just what Ferrari needs. Aside from the Enzo the only other mid-engine 12's are the older TR's and the Boxers. They would have NO PROBLEM selling new ones.

Lamborghini doesn't build front engine cars for a reason. They know where the market is.
 
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