• This Factory Black Ferrari F50 With Straight Pipes Sounds Heavenly On the Near-Empty Streets of London

It’s one of only four black F50s ever built

After eight years, during which it offered its range-topping supercars with turbocharged V-8 engines (the 288 GTO and F40 from 1984 to 1992), Ferrari returned to its V-12 roots and introduced the F50 in 1995. The company’s first V-12 flagship supercar in more than ten years, the F50 went on to become a prized collectible with just 349 units built. But some examples are rarer than others. While most cars were painted in the iconic Rosso Corsa, Ferrari also made some yellow, silver, and black models. Cars painted in Argento Nurburgring and Nero Daytona are the rarest with eight examples each, and one of the four black F50s just hit the almost empty streets of London to make some V-12 noise. This car is a bit more special thanks to a switchable straight-through exhaust, but it sounds menacing no matter the mode. Check it out in action below.

The Ferrari F50 is a 500+ horsepower monster

The F50 draws juice from an iron block 4.7-liter V-12 engine that’s related to the mill Ferrari built for the 333 SP racing prototype. The mill cranks out 512 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. While this might not seem like a lot compared to modern Ferraris that generate in excess of 700 horsepower, it was impressive for the mid-1990s. Tipping the scales at only 3,000 pounds, the F50 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and tops out at 194 mph. It also needs just 12.1 seconds to complete the quarter-mile, crossing the line at 123 mph.

Ferrari F50 specifications
Engine 4.7-liter 60-valve V-12 With Chain-Driven Quad Camshafts And Dry-Sump Lubrication
Power (Horsepower) 512 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Torque (Pound-feet) 347 LB-FT @ 6,500 RPM
0-60 mph (Seconds) 3.8 seconds
Top Speed (MPH) 194 mph
Quarter mile time 12.1 seconds
Quarter mile speed 123 mph
This Factory Black Ferrari F50 With Straight Pipes Sounds Heavenly On the Near-Empty Streets of London
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Produced from 1995 to 1997, the Ferrari F50 was built in just 349 units. 302 of them were painted in Rosso Corsa, while 31 are Giallo Modena. Ferrari also sold eight in Rosso Barchetta, four in Argento Nurburgring, and four in Nero Daytona. The F50 also spawned a race-spec F50 GT model, but only three were built before the project was canceled after the BPR Global GT Series was replaced by the FIA World Championship that at the time allowed homologation specials. Only three were built with a beefed-up V-12 rated at 739 horsepower.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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