2007 Ferrari 612 Sessanta
Built to celebrate Maranello’s 60th anniversaryby Ciprian Florea, on
Launched in 2004, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a front-engined, 2+2 grand tourer that replaced the 456 as the company’s V-12 four-seater. Significantly larger than the 456, the 612 offered adequate room in the rear seats for two adults, becoming Ferrari’s most practical vehicle until it was superseded by the FF.
Named after Sergio Scaglietti, who founded Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Maranello in 1951 and designed many famous Ferraris until the 1960s, the 612 was the brand’s second all-aluminum vehicle, the first being the 360 Modena. Its space frame, co-developed with Alcoa, was made from extrusions and castings of the lightweight material, and the aluminium body was welded on.
Much like any Ferrari, the 612 Scaglietti spawned many special-edition versions and one-offs during its time on the market, the most important of which was the 612 Sessanta. Built in a limited production run to commemorate Ferrari’s 60th anniversary, the Sessanta was a bespoke "Prancing Horse" equipped with many features that customers weren’t able to order with the standard 612 Scaglietti.
The Sessanta was also the car that introduced Ferrari’s new-generation electro-chromic glass roof, a major innovation at the time. But more about that and the features that made the Sessanta special compared to the 612 Scaglietti in the review below.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2007 Ferrari 612 Sessanta.
2007 Ferrari 612 Sessanta
0-60 time:4.3 sec.
Top Speed:195 mph
Styling-wise, the 612 Sessanta was identical to the Scaglietti, which took the classic Ferrari grand tourer cues from the 456 and updated them to a more modern appearance. While the overall shape of the cabin, the long engine hood, the big front grille, and the round taillights were carried over, everything was redesigned by the folks over at Pininfarina under Frank Stephenson’s guidance. Whereas the 456 featured a flat hood and front fender layout and pop-up headlamps, the Scaglietti received standard light units and large scallops for the fenders. These details were inspired by the Ferrari 375 MM that Ferrari director Roberto Rossellini had commissioned for his wife, Ingrid Bergman, in 1954.
the 612 Sessanta was identical to the Scaglietti, which took the classic Ferrari grand tourer cues from the 456 and updated them to a more modern appearance.
For the Sessanta model, Ferrari crafted a new radiator grille with a painted frame, chrome-plated rear bumper details and exhaust pipes, forged 19-inch rims, "612 Sessanta" emblems, and arguably the most important feature, a two-tone exterior. Two color combinations were offered. The first option was Grigio Scuro, a dark grey from Ferrari’s Colori Classici vintage color palette, combined with Nero (black). The engine hood, front grille, and the roof were finished in dark gray, while the rest of the car was black. The second option combined Rubino Micalizzato, a somewhat dark metallic red, with Nero Daytona, a metallic black. The layout was identical to the first color scheme, with black being the predominant color.
Despite these being the official colors for the Sessanta, some examples were finished in different hues, most likely by special order. Known colors include all-blue, all-red, and blue with white hood and roof.
The 612 Scaglietti’s interior was all-new compared to the 456. Ferrari not only redesigned every single element inside the cabin, but also used rich Italian leather, aluminum inserts, and contrast stitching to give its grand tourer a more luxurious feel. The modern design was backed by sportier seats that provided greater comfort for long trips as well as improved lateral support during spirited driving. Luxury amenities included dual climate control, a six-channel Bose stereo/CD-changer as standard and heated seats and Bluetooth as options. The longer wheelbase also provided significantly more room for both the frond the rear passengers, as well as a 25-percent improvement in cargo capacity.
The limited-edition Sessanta received numerous new features, including two new upholstery colors.
The limited-edition Sessanta received numerous new features, including two new upholstery colors. The first choice included Terra Bruciata-colored leather for the steering wheel, dashboard, rear shell, and upper door panels, Grigio Scuro details, black seat belts, and Marrone carpets. The second option featured Charcoal leather with Rubino Micalizzato details, Grigio seat belts, and Grigio Scuro carpets. The Sessanta also sported a bespoke instrument cluster, unique 60th anniversary plate, a leather upholstered trunk section, and standard cruise control and rear parking camera.
Finally, Ferrari equipped the Sessanta with a new-generation electro-chromic glass roof that allowed the occupants to adjust the degree of opacity of the roof.
Motivation for the Sessanta came from the exact same engine offered in the standard 612 Scaglietti. The engine was a revised version of the 5.5-liter V-12 introduced in 1992 with the 456. Displacement was increased to 5.7 liters in 2002 for the 575M Maranello and remained unchanged in the 612. However, output was increased from the 575M’s 508 horsepower to 533 horses. Compared to the first-generation engine in the 456, it cranked out nearly 100 more ponies. Torque was rated at 434 pound-feet, identical to the 575M, but a 28-pound-feet increase over the 456.
The V-12 powerplant was offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed semi-automatic with paddle shifters in the Scaglietti.
The 612 Scaglietti was the last Ferrari to use the F116/F133 engine, but the most powerful version, rated at 597 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of twist, was fitted in the 575 GTC between 2003 and 2005.
The V-12 powerplant was offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed semi-automatic with paddle shifters in the Scaglietti. However, the Sessanta was available only with the automatic. The unit in question was a more refined version of the F1A semi-automatic in the Ferrari 360.
With this quick-shifting transmission, the Sessanta needed only 4.2 seconds to hit 62 mph and 12.3 second to complete the quarter mile. Its top speed came in at 196 mph. All three figure were significant improvements over the previous Ferrari 456M. Fuel economy was far from impressive at 10 mpg city and 16 mpg highway, but it was decent given the performance.
The grand tourer featured active damping suspension systems front and rear and vented disc brakes at all corners.
When launched for the 2007 model, the 612 Sessanta was priced from $424,000. That was a significant hike over the 612 Scaglietti with the automatic gearbox, which retailed from $262,634. The base model fetched $250,509 before options.
Like most Ferraris from the era, excluding special models like the Enzo and the 599XX, the 612 Sessanta’s value dropped dramatically on the used car market, despite its 60-unit limited run. In 2014, a model with less than 50,000 miles from new and full Ferrari service history was auctioned for £91,100 (around $131,050). Depending on mileage and condition, the 612 Sessanta can fetch anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000 nowadays.
Introduced for 2007 model year, just in time for the 612 Sessanta, the DBS V12 replaced the range-topping version of the first-generation Vanquish. Essentially a redesigned V12 Vanquish with a DBS badge, which was revived after a 35-year hiatus, the DBS V12 was very similar to the 612, featuring a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and offering seating for four adults. Under the hood, the DBS also carried a V-12, but despite being larger at 5.9 liters, it was slightly less powerful at 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Connected to either a six-speed manual transaxle or a Touchtronic 2 automatic gearbox, the V-12 was forceful enough to push the grand tourer from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds, only a tenth-second slower than the Ferrari. Maximum speed peaked at 191 mph for the manual version and 183 mph for the automatic model. Although slightly slower, the DBS V12 had the advantage of being significantly more affordable than the 612 Sessanta at $115,000 before options.
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The 612 Scaglietti was a significant departure for Maranello. Although it was built on the same grand tourer recipe Ferrari had used since the 1960s, it was roomier than its predecessor and offered seating for four adults, an important benchmark for the brand. It was also Ferrari’s first GT to use an all-aluminum architecture, making it an impressively balanced grand tourer. The 612 was as agile as a full-fledged sports car and boasted the ability of a true GT car, all topped by the immense amount of luxury a modern Ferrari comes with. The Sessanta added even more exclusivity to the 612, and even though it’s not yet a classic and its value on the used car market is not worthy of a luxury grand tourer, this special-edition model is likely to become a prized collectible in the future.