Ocean Magazine : 4 November December 2005
ocean | 85 While the focus has been on the hot new F430, Ferrari's other new model to land in the Australian market is the luxurious, and powerful, F612 Scaglietti. With super sexy curves, one of the most powerful engines on the market, and stunning interiors, Ferrari has again re-defined the high-end luxury sports car segment. OCEAN goes for a spin. The Ferrari F612 Scaglietti is the product of an avant-garde design that continues Ferrari's long and honourable tradition in 2+2 sector. Although designed by Pininfarina, the new model is named after the great Sergio Scaglietti, the Modenese coach builder and stylist who penned some of the most beautiful Ferrari's ever, during the 1950s and 60s. The 612 Scaglietti epitomises Ferrari's talent for innovation and design, perfectly melding a cabin capable of accommodating four occupants in comfort with the beautifully balanced body of nimble, sporty front-engined rear-wheel drive berlinetta, to offer unprecedented onboard comfort. But make no mistake about it: the 612 Scaglietti isn't just another 2+2. It's more a two-door four-seater that never feels anything less than comfortable and roomy no matter what the driver conditions. Styling The 612 Scaglietti's bodywork was styled in close collaboration with Pininfarina and beautifully dovetails functional and aesthetic requirements. The curve of the wheel arches, the bonnet, cabin and tail, in fact, lend it a beautifully aerodynamic thoroughbred grace. But what gives the 612 Scaglietti a real touch of character are its scalloped sides, a styling cue borrowed from the legendary 375 MM bought by director Rossellini for actress Ingrid Bergman. The traditional Ferrari air intake is given an original twist with the wheel arches protruding slightly further than the bonnet, while its projector headlights have transparent covers that display their inner workings. The rear section is big and solid-looking with the classic high round tail lights too. Chassis The 612 Scaglietti is the first ever Ferrari 12-cylinder car to boast both an all aluminium space frame chassis and body. The fruit of cutting-edge production and assembly techniques, the all-aluminium construction cuts the car weight by 40% and gives it excellent torsional rigidity. In addition to this, the 612 Scaglietti's near- perfect weight distribution (46% front and 54% rear) means that it offers both the high performance driving of a mid-engined car and the roomy versatility of a front-engine layout. The 612 Scaglietti has a space frame chassis. In fact, its structure consists of straight aluminium extrusions (38%) connected by casts (34%) which acts as joints. Sheet aluminium (28%) reinforces the structure. Unprecedented levels of robustness have been achieved with the new Ferrari's chassis and bodywork too. In fact, they actually significantly exceed current international standards and cover many collision configurations which have yet to be applied.
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