The Ferrari Testarossa went into production in the year 1984. It was the successor for the Berlinetta Boxer from the Ferrari company. It is a 12 cylinder sports car that was designed by Pininfarina. The Testarossa was originally produced from the year 1984 through the year 1991. There were 2 model revisions of the Testarossa when production was ceased. This included the 512 TR and the F512 M that were produced from the year 1992 through the year 1996. There were around 10,000 of these three models produced, which makes it one of the most produced of the Ferrari vehicles. These vehicles came with an exotic design paired with a high price tag. In the year 1995, the retail price for a F512 M was $220,000.
Name and Development
The name Testarossa means red head in Italian. The vehicle gets its name from the cam covers that are painted red and used on the flat 12 engine. It was intentional to use the entendre with a red headed woman as Pininfarina and Ferrari would often use descriptive words that are related to the female body when they described the style of their vehicles.
The roots of the Testarossa can be traced back to the 512i BB from the year 1981. Some of the problems that the Testarossa was supposed to fix included the cabin which would get really hot because of the plumbing that ran from the radiator to the engine. Another issue was the lack of space for luggage. In order to fix these issues the Testarossa was designed to be a bit bigger than its predecessor. It was about six inches bigger than the previous Boxer. This increased the wheel base and that space was used for luggage inside a carpeted storage space that was located under the front hood that opened towards the front. There was also extra space behind the seats in the cabin because of the increase in the length of the car. The roofline was increased as well to provide more headroom for passengers.
The design of the Testarossa came from Pininfarina. The team of designers that worked on the vehicle included Emanuele Nicosia, Diego Ottina, Guido Campoli, and Ian Cameron. The chief designer for the project was Leonardo Fioravanti, who has been a leader behind many of the gorgeous Ferraris that have been offered. Nicosia originated the design, but Fioravanti guided the process as he was a trained aerodynamist, which came in useful for the design of the vehicle.
The body of the Testarossa departed from the curvy style of the boxer. There was some controversy over this as many felt that the side strakes looked like cheese graters. One of the more unique features of the car was the addition of a rear view mirror that was mounted high on the driver’s side. The mirror was placed lower on the ones that were based in the United States.
Many people admired the Ferrari Testarossa. In just five years it was featured on the Road and Track magazine cover. In the year 1989, the price for the vehicle was $181,000. This price included an extra $2700 for the “gas guzzler” tax. The price for the original in the United Kingdom was €62,666.
Some of the more well-known people that have owned a Testarossa include Alain Delon, Elton John, and Gerhard Berger, the Formula One race car driver from Austria.
Overall, the vehicle was designed to cash in on an image. This was a great car that was produced during the perfect decade, when cashing in was what it was all about.