Hi Lencap - welcome to the forum!!
See my first post - from a couple of weeks ago:
At the beginning of this year, I began looking for a new car. From the very start, the Testarossa was on my "hitlist" as it was THE car throughout my car concious youth.
I can't think speak about the ownership experience, as in the end I gave up and bought a 348 (which I pick up this Saturday
), but I can tell you what I learnt during my search.
1) Yes - the clutch is very heavy.
2) Yes - there's no power steering, so the steering at slow speeds is hilariously heavy.
3) Yes - it's a bit of a nightmare to drive around city streets, if you'd need to do that.
4) Yes - it will cost you a small fortune to maintain.
But if you want to be "put off" - don't be put off by the first three. They're the nature of the beast. As for the cost - if you have to ask, you need to think seriously about it. They're obviously not cars to be maintained on the cheap, and you absolutely don't want to be in a position where somethings gone wrong, and you can't afford to fix it. Having one you couldn't use would be my idea of purgatory!!
You asked if it's enjoyable to drive. You really need to go and drive one. I found it an absolute hoot!! Get it into its natural environment - nice fast, empty roads, the odd car to humiliate, nice bends etc and it comes alive. It's certainly not the kind of car that you can get in and immediately drive like a God though (I know I didn't!) but if you want that, go and buy an Impreza! :ugh:
So there are good and bad points - but it's no different to wearing a Rolex. I can buy a watch for pennies that'll be more accurate, and won't need a £185.00 service every 3 years. But I put up with the bad points because of
the good points.
When it comes down to it, of course cost is always a factor. For me, it was largely that I couldn't find a Testarossa/512tr that I liked, and partly that I knew that my wife would rapidly lose enthusiasm for me having a Ferrari if it cost what she
considered to be a fortune!! After all, it is a luxury, I don't actually need
one (don't tell her that!!) If she's happy with the 348, she'll be less likely to complain when it comes time to upgrade!! :green:
As for the 512tr - I've not driven one. I did spend an awful lot of time talking to dealers about their peception of the difference - and every single one
said the same thing - if you want a Testarossa, and you can afford the 512, buy the 512. Unfortunately, the cost implication isn't small - although in the UK the difference between them is more like £10-15k - which is a little less.
Obviously, all the usual advice stands. Look at as many as you can - you'll learn something from every viewing, I know I did. Don't be in too much of a hurry - the looking is half the fun!!
I wish you all the luck in the world.