Ocean Magazine : 4 November December 2005
86 | ocean DRY RUN Interior The 612 Scaglietti boasts a wonderfully sophisticated sporty interior that reflects its all aluminium structure and advanced technologies. The pressed or solid aluminium used to trim the interior has been cleverly turned into a decorative element too. The handcrafted leather, used to upholster the seats and in the interior trim, gives the cabin a sporty, exclusive ambience as well as making life aboard extremely pleasant indeed. The interior accessories include dual zone climate control system, sound system (radio with CD player and six channel digital unit developed especially by Bose for the 612 Scaglietti), a dusk sensor that automatically switches on the lights, a rain sensor that activates the windshield wipers, and an antitheft system with volumetric features. The 612 Scaglietti's boot is bigger too: 240 litres as opposed to the 465M's 190 and the spare tyre cubby hole can even be used for extra luggage if necessary. Engine The 612 Scaglietti is powered by a 65 degree V12 engine that displaces 5,748 cc. and it punches out 540 hp at 7250 rpm, a full 98 hp more than the 5,474 cc engine mounted in the 456M. Various modifications have been made to optimise the engine's performance and fluid-dynamics and make it perform even more stunningly than it first did in the 575M Maranello. The 612 Scaglietti offers new more direct air intake tracts with separate ducts per cylinder bank from the radiator grille opening on the front bumper, new exhaust system geometries and volumes to cut back pressure, a higher compression ratio (11.2: 1), and inlet tracks and exhaust porting with improved fluid dynamic characteristics. The 612 Scaglietti also boasts a Bosch Motronic ME7 CPU and careful work on its dynamic handling means that it responds exceptionally quickly and smoothly, making it easier to control in all kinds of conditions. Gearbox and Transmission The 612 Scaglietti has a trans-axle layout which sees the rear- mounted gearbox in unit with the differential. It features a six speed gearbox with multi-cone synchronisers. In addition to the manual gearbox version, the 612 Scaglietti is also available with the F1a gearbox (the a stands for automatic) one of the sophisticated new generation Formula 1 derived electro- hydraulic systems designed to deliver sportier yet still incredibly comfortable driving. The CST electronic stability and traction control system enhances the 612 Scaglietti's dynamic handling even further. The system The traditional Ferrari air intake is given an original twist on the F612, 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.
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