Produced by Ferrari since 2004 the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is a large two door coupe with a 2+2 seating arrangement. It was designed to replace the smaller Ferrari 456 M. Although designed by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 612 pays homage to Sergio Scaglietti, an Italian coachbuilder who designed many popular Ferrari s from the ’50s and ‘60s, including the 250 GTO. The director Roberto Rossellini himself commissioned the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM for his wife, the actress Ingrid Bergman
What is more significant, is the 612’s all-aluminum space frame and body-panel construction, the first for a V12 Ferrari. Compared to the outgoing 456 M, the new 612 Scaglietti weighs 132 ponds less having superior road-holding and handling capabilities. It can carry 4 passengers comfortably and still achieve speed and cornering faces most sports cars can only dream of. It is considered to be the sharpest-handling coupe among GT-oriented exotics like the Aston Martin Vanquish and Bentley Continental GT.
New for 2006
Ferrari had to work hard to meet the demands of its customers who like elegance , luxury, safety and performance as well. That’s why the all-aluminum 612 is a combination of performance and comfort in the best traditions of a true Ferrari berlinetta.
The brightness and the elegance of the cockpit finish is enhanced by the leather trim in the same color as the seats extended to the headlining and the side panels that personalizes the car.
The sumptuous MY 06 is equipped with a new radio-CD system with satellite navigation system, voice recognition system, MP3 player, Bluetooth and a Compact Flash memory card reader that allow the driver to store and play 4GB of music.
The system is integrated with a newly refined display on the instrument panel, too. To improve handling in tight spaces, rear parking sensors are also offered as standard.
Built entirely in-house at Modena, Italy, Ferrari is offering, for the 1st time, a 12-cylinder model with both the space-frame chassis and body panels in aluminum. The advantages of this construction method consists a 60% increase in structural rigidity and significant weight savings of a 60 Kg compared to the current 456 M GTA – despite the new car’s larger dimensions.
The ideally balanced weight distribution (46% front, 54% rear) is ensured by the engine that is mounted behind the front axel and the gearbox in unit that is differential at the rear. The overall layout also allows a lower centre of gravity which benefits the dynamic behavior of the car. The performance-oriented handling enhanced by active damping and a new stability and traction control system makes its first appearance on a Ferrari. The new Ferrari 612 is equipped with 18 inch diameter front wheels with 245/45 tires and 19 inch rear wheels with 285/40 tires.
The superb 12-cylinder, 48 valve is a product of the most advanced Ferrari technology. The all-aluminum power unit has a compression ratio of 11.2:1 and generates a maximum output of 540 bhp at 7,250 rpm, with 434 lb-ft of torque at 5,250 rpm. The dry sump lubrication system features an oil and water pump in one unit with 2 scavenge and one delivery pump, 2 oil filters and a dedicated oil radiator. Other features include steel cylinder liners, hydraulic tappets and variable intake manifolds with an extra central plenum that improves fuel-air swirl.
The massive 540 bhp at 7,250 rpm and 434 ft-lb at 5,250 rpm of torque allows the car to perform exceptionally well at low and medium engine speeds in every gear.
Modifications of the V12 have optimized its performance and fluid dynamics. The most important are intake tracts with separate ducts per cylinder bank from the radiator grille opening on the front bumper and exhaust porting and system geometries and volumes that reduce back pressure. Electronic engine control is by a single Bosch Motronic ME7 CPU per cylinder bank that jointly control the PFI multiplex injection and drive-by-wire system. Four knock sensors are positioned in the engine block.
What is new for the 612 is its renewed six-speed paddle shift manual transmission that can be automatic as well. The F1A transaxle transmission puts the rear-mounted gearbox in unit with the differential and bevel-type final drive with limited-slip differential. The rear-mounted gearbox and transaxle combination helps to the Scaglietti’s excellent weight distribution and dynamic balance. The F1A is one of the sophisticated new generation Formula 1-derived electro-hydraulic systems that Ferrari uses successfully on all of its road-going models. The software that controls it is optimized for faster and more comfortable gear shifting.
The versatile transmission offers the driver the choice of either Manual or Automatic way through a switch on the central tunnel. In Manual, the gears are changed using the paddles mounted just behind the steering wheel while a computer controls the clutch. In Automatic way the computer has full control over the transmission. In either setting, gear shifting ranges between comfortably fast and sporty, depending on the setting of the steering wheel mounted “Sport” button and driver input. A smoother, speedier gear shifting is offered by the F1A than traditional manual gearboxes thus improving comfort and increasing safety. The F1A also provides significantly improved performance and comfort.
The 612 Scaglietti is provided with a space frame chassis whose structure is made up of straight aluminum extrusion connected by casts that act as joints, while sheet aluminum reinforces the structure. This light but rigid structure forms an exceptional platform that offers lithe handling, superb dynamic response, road comfort and controlled interior noise.
The chassis architecture includes 4 large castings on which all the suspension and steering mounting points are CNC machined. Two robust castings for the A-pillars integrate with the doors.
The aluminum alloys that build the vehicle are very ductile during the pressing and extrusion phases, to become then incredibly resistant and tough once they have been subjected to special heat treatment. Moreover, each casting has differing mechanical characteristics by area, a result of differentiated heat treatment.
The 612 Scaglietti’s suspension is advanced and innovative offering handling and control in line with the coupe’s excellent 46% front / 54% rear weight distribution. Independent shock absorbers and coil springs are located by forged aluminum double wishbones mounted on aluminum and rubber rose joints at all 4 corners. Anti-dive and anti-squat geometry is designed into the system.
Calibration adaptive suspension system allows the driver to select the “Normal” and “Sport” mode. The software integrated with the other electronic control system that control the calibration of the dampers, uses sensors to record the movements of the wheels and body, instantly adapting the calibration of the dampers to suit requirements, depending on road surface and driving style.
The 612 Scaglietti’s Electronic Stability and Traction Control System offer exceptional performance and safety engineering. The ABS and ASR functions control the directional dynamics of the car.
The car’s performance is also provided by its Bosch 5.7 ABS braking system that particularly responsive and resistant. Large diameter, cross-drilled ventilated discs with four-piston calipers are actuated through a twin membrane servo with integral pump.
The asymmetrical cast aluminum wheels are an efficient compromise between performance and weight reduction, providing the right balance of comfort and performance. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System alerts the driver to changes in the tire pressure via a display.
With its innovative styling featuring a long wheelbase, cab-rear layout with short overhangs and dynamic power, the 612 Scaglietti has the spirit of a sporty berlinetta and the dimensions and design of a luxurious, very roomy Grand Tourer. The vehicle boasts a big, sculpted body, long aerodynamic hood, strong lines and characteristic scalloped-sides with reference to the iconic 375 MM built by Roberto Rossellini as a present to his wife Ingrid Bergman.
The “four-seater” has been designed to offer ease of entry for rear-seat passengers to an outstandingly luxurious cabin that will accommodate 4 adults in comfort. On-board comfort is boosted for the driver by the adoption of “new generation” ergonomics for the instrument binnacle, steering-wheel mounted and fascia-mounted controls.
The passengers’ comfort is assured by the fitting of dual-zone climate control and a Hi-End Bose sound system, specifically tailored to suit the unique acoustics of the leather and aluminum trimmed interior. Even the luggage compartment is larger and more accessible than that of Ferrari’s previous 4-seater.
Although Ferrari’s typically sacrifice comfort in exchange for maximum performance, the 612 Scaglietti breaks with tradition by being the most luxurious and accommodating Ferrari in recent years. The car’s interior is stylishly fashioned, the dominant materials being stitched handcrafted leather and aluminum.
A wide range of other features offer driving pleasure and maximum comfort. The electro-fluorescent digital and analog instrument cluster, steering wheel mounted controls at the driver’s fingertips, dual-zone climate control with aluminum controls on the central console and vent clusters on the dash, doors and central tunnel allow occupants to set the air flow and desired temperature within a range of 10 degrees. A specially developed nine speaker Bose six channel digital sound system including radio, single CD in-dash and trunk mounted CD changer, offers an exceptionally audio quality. A microphone in the overhead console controls the AudioPilot which automatically equalizes the sound if it senses other background noise.
The 612 Scaglietti is also featured with a dusk sensor switch which automatically turns on the headlights when activated with a rain sensor for automatic windshield wiper activation and an immobilizer anti-theft system with alarm.
Beyond government-mounted safety equipment, the 612 Scaglietti comes with ABS, traction control and stability control. Side airbags aren’t available.