Only a coachbuilder could take a Ferrari 488 and somehow make it even betterby Robert Moore, on
You don’t hear a lot about Touring Superleggera, but that’s probably the only real downside to being an Italian coachbuilder. The company got started back in 1928 building custom bodies on Alfa Romeos, and over the years it’s given the world some pretty cool custom cars, the latest of which is this very-limited Arese RH95 – a car that will be produced in just 18 examples as a celebration of Touring Superlegera’s 95th anniversary.
The Arese RH95 Is a Ferrari But Way Cooler
Touring Superleggera teased a new model in the first part of 2021, but we had no idea it was going to be something so special. It follows models like the 2013 Disco Volante, 2015 Berlinetta Lusso, the 2020 Sciadipersia Cabriolet, and – more recently – the 2021 Aero 3. This model’s sole purpose is to celebrate the company’s 95th anniversary and, as you can see from the images, the engineers over at Touring Superleggera went all out.
The limited-run Arese RH95 is part of the company’s AERO model range and it appears to us as if it’s based on the Ferrari 488 Pista. That’s where the similarities, at least appearance-wise, actually stop because every part of the body has been completely redone. The most notable thing is, arguably, the new doors, which aren’t just scissor-hinged, but also wrap around on top to create part of the roof when shit. Outside of the downright coolness of the design, this is actually something that makes ingress and egress much easier. On that note, the company also claims the interior is comfortable enough for everyday use, so it has that going for it too.
In building the body, Touring Superleggera went all out with carbon fiber. The entire body, as a matter of fact is made of carbon fiber to keep weight low and performance high. An odd detail here is that the company produced the body parts with vacuum infusion at 120-degrees Celsius which accounts for “the best weight-stiffness ratio.” General Manager of Touring Superleggera, Salvatore Stranci, said:
“This Arese RH95 is another milestone in the history of Touring, 95 years after its foundation once again we demonstrate our ability to innovate, a practice renewed through the adoption of cutting-edge materials and construction techniques that are unusual for us.”
And, Touring Superleggera didn’t just stop at reconstructing the interior and exterior, either. Its 4.2-liter V-8 delivers a cool 720 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque – a mild improvement over the 3.9-liter V-8 that delivers 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque in the Ferrari 488 Pista.
The company hasn’t said for sure, but we’re assuming that it’s the very same engine, but bored out to increase displacement. Without an official weight rating, or performance specifics from the company, we can only speculate about straight-line performance and top speed. If this car is really lighter than the 488 Pista thanks to the new body, the extra 10 ponies should be more than enough to make it faster to 60 mph than the Pista at 2.85 seconds. Alternatively, I wouldn’t expect top speed to sit above 211 mph, but the company has said that the car has been reengineered to handle the new body loadings and specifics.
So, what do you think? Is the new Arese RH95 a car worthy of celebrating 95 years of legendary coachbuilding? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
|0 to 60 mph||< 2.85 seconds|
|Top Speed||211 mph|