When it was launched, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was the closest thing to a luxurious grand-touring coupe that the Italian automaker had ever offered. Yet it still boasted world-class performance and handling worthy of the Ferrari name thanks to its front-mounted V12, placed rearward in the engine bay for optimum weight balance.
Thanks to luscious leather upholstery and upscale trim pieces galore, the 612 was a lovely place to spend time. And even if rear-seat access wasn't a cinch, there was actually room for two adults back there -- as long as their excitement about riding in a Ferrari was sufficient to forestall a mild case of claustrophobia. In total, this mix of performance and practicality inspired Ferrari to go one step further for the Scaglietti's successor -- the all-wheel-drive FF hatchback.
Most Recent Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was produced from 2005-'11. Its 5.7-liter V12 sent 532 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Ferrari claimed the 612 blasted to 60 mph in just over 4 seconds and didn't run out of steam until nearly 200 mph.
Until 2008, the standard transmission was a traditional six-speed transmission, though most Scagliettis came equipped with the six-speed "F1" single-clutch automated manual that was required on later cars. Buyers should note that this transmission was upgraded for 2007 for quicker reactions. Another noteworthy performance upgrade occurred for 2009 when the 612 gained Ferrari's "manettino," a small dial on the steering wheel that permits the driver to select one of five different driving modes.
Available in only one trim level, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti 2+2 coupe came standard with xenon headlights, an adaptive suspension system, a power-closing trunk, automatic dual-zone climate control, power front seats and a navigation system. Also standard was a Bose audio system with Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a 15GB music server. Parking sensors were added for '07 along with an upgraded navigation system and optional carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Other options included heated front seats, run-flat tires and customization options like a specially fitted leather luggage set.
On the road, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti quickly showed that it deserved to wear the prancing horse badge. The 612's communicative steering was in a class of its own among luxurious GTs, and handling pleased all but the most demanding drivers (who probably already had a two-seat Ferrari in their garage anyway). The sweet V12 was as melodious as it was capable. The 612's F1 transmission produced truly impressive shift response. but it was jerky at slow speeds and prone to smoking its clutch when starting on hills.