612 Scaglietti announced a new direction for Ferrari

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Comfortable yet extremely fast, with this car, Ferrari began to turn more of its attention toward the luxury market that for years had been dominated by Mercedes Benz and BMW.

Produced from 2004-2011, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is distinguished by being the second all-aluminum road car from Ferrari, the first being the 360 Modena.

Ferrari 375 MM "Ingrid Bergman"

Ferrari 375 MM “Ingrid Bergman”

The 612 body echoes the 50’s-era 375 MM Pininfarina Coupe “Ingrid Bergman” bought buy film director Roberto Rossellini for his wife, actress Ingrid Bergman.  Beautifully sculpted front fender scoops give this Ferrari a feeling of motion even while parked, and while the Bergman Ferrari was from Pininfarina, Ferrari chose to honored another great Italian carrozzerria in naming this car.

612 Scaglietti

612 Scaglietti

Ferrari fans know that the 612 refers to the almost 6-liter 12 cylinder motor, but perhaps lesser known is the Scaglietti name.

Sergio Scaglietti owned a body shop across the road from the Ferrari factory and became a favorite of Enzo’s due to his tremendous skill in both design and construction of metal.

A large number of sports racing machines from the 50’s were produced at the wonderful little Carrozzeria Scaglietti, as were the bodies for the Ferrari 250 GTO, 250 California, and the 250 Tour de France.

Ferrari has always been known for their cars incredible performance, and the factory blessed the 612 with the engine from the Superamerica, allowing the lucky driver command of nearly 540 HP.  And the  superb chassis constructed for the 612 would later form the foundation of the 599 GT.

Slide into the power seats, fiddle with the electrically adjustable wheel.  The cabin is tastefully restrained but your eyes are instantly drawn to the yellow tach in front of you.  As are all Ferraris, this car is meant to excite.

Twist with key and the open road awaits.  Nothing sounds like a V12 Ferrari on startup and the 612 Scaglietti doesn’t disappoint.  Impressive times of 0-60 in a tad over 4 seconds and a top speed near 200 MPH are still the envy of many other cars, and even over a decade old, the 612 feels modern.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Drivers View

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Drivers View

612 Scagliati rear seats

612 Scagliati rear seats

Designed strictly as a 2+2, the 612 has back seats that aren’t just for the kids, but will actually hold two full sized adults comfortably.  Combining this with an immense amount trunk space and you have a wonderful gentleman’s conveyance that still performs as only a Ferrari does.

Elegance meets supercar performance in the 612 Scaglietti. In the mid 2000’s, buying a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti announced you were at the top of your game, and that’s still true today.

A wonderful alternative to other GT machines of the era, now more affordable than ever, this car also allows entry to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, Ferrari ownership.

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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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