Search Anything

Ferrari Testarossa: Production & History

Ferrari Testarossa Parked Against Traffic

Heir to the 512 BBi, the Ferrari Testarossa broke from tradition with a bold and innovative design that makes it a favorite among Chicago Ferrari aficionados. Among those design updates were a set of larger side intakes that would become the most recognizable feature of the Ferrari Testarossa. 

This 12-cylinder mid-engine automobile was produced from 1984 to 1991 and included two model revisions in production between 1992 and 1996: the 512 TR and F512 M. Including the revised models, nearly 10,000 Ferrari Testarossas were released.

Ferrari Testarossa Engine & Specs

The Ferrari Testarossa engine was the first time a Ferrari road car sported a flat-12 cylinder configuration outfitted with four valves per cylinder, yet it maintained the same 4.9L capacity of the 512 BBi engine. Longitudinally mounted and paired with a five-speed transmission, the 4.9L flat-12 featured an electronic ignition system with fuel injection, delivering 385 hp (6,300 RPM) and 361 lb-ft of torque (4,500 RPM).

The Testarossa engine continued to push the envelope on speed as well, with impressive track times for a road car:

  • 0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds
  • 0-100 mph: 11.4 seconds
  • Quarter Mile: 13.5 seconds
  • Top Speed: 180 mph

The subsequent 512 TR and F512 M featured upgraded engines and improved specs:

  • 512 TR: A 4.9L flat-12 rated at 428 hp (6,750 RPM) and 362 lb-ft of torque (5,500 RPM)
  • F512 M: A 4.9L flat-12 capable of 440 hp (6,750 RPM) and 370 lb-ft of torque (5,500 RPM)
Ferrari Testarossa on Street

Ferrari Testarossa Design

The Ferrari Testarossa was available in right or left hand drive, marking the first time in a decade a 12-cylinder Ferrari was produced for the US market. The model also heralded the return to different sizing for front and rear wheels, sporting 10J x 16 rear wheels and 8J x 16 front wheels. Independent, unequal length wishbone suspensions used coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar, while large ventilated disc brakes (with twin hydraulic circuits) brought stopping power to the Testarossa.

The Pininfarina-designed successor to the Boxer series was visually different from its predecessor, despite still featuring a mid-mounted flat-12. 

  • The sharp-nosed wedge profile disappeared, replaced by a softer, rounded front end.
  • Front wings flowed into deeply straked door panels that grew wider down the length of the body, turning to wide rear wings.
  • The rear abandoned the paired circular taillights that had been a styling feature for over a decade in exchange for a full-width slatting black louvre concealing rectangular rear taillights.
Ferrari Testarossa Interior

Find Your Classic Ferrari at Ferrari Lake Forest

At Ferrari Lake Forest, we work hard to help Chicago drivers to find the Ferrari they’ve been dreaming of. Contact us today to learn more about classic Ferraris and how Ferrari Lake Forest can put you behind the wheel.

More From Ferrari Lake Forest

  • Ferrari F8 Tributo Performance

    Designed as much to be a head-turning sportscar as a beast on the track, the Ferrari F8 Tributo specs make it clear that Chicago drivers can really have it all — if they choose a Ferrari. Even normal highway driving gets an added thrill when you’re behind the wheel of the Ferrari F8 Tributo, commanding…

  • Discover the Ferrari SF90 Stradale Performance

    Featuring a 0-60 mph time of only 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale performance defines its character as much as its forward-looking design. Join Ferrari Lake Forest as we explore the engineering and specs that elevate the Ferrari SF90 above the rest of the auto world. Contact Us Learn More…

  • How Fast is a Ferrari? 0-60 MPH Times & Top Speeds

    From the very first Ferrari to the modern lineup to future vehicles, drivers are entranced by the power and capability — and their first question is usually “how fast is a Ferrari?” We know there’s more to a car than its speed, but we also know that few cars can compare to a Ferrari’s hand-assembled…

Saved
Saved Vehicles ×

SAVED VEHICLES

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:

Save

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact
Contact Us ×

(847) 295-6560

Call Now

990 N Shore Dr • Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 9am-6pm

Open Today! Service: 7am-6pm

Open Today! Parts: 7am-6pm

Ferrari Lake Forest

990 N Shore Dr Lake Bluff, IL

Phone: (847) 295-6560

https://maps.google.com/?q=990%20N%20Shore%20Dr%20%2C%20Lake%20Bluff%2C%20IL%2060044

Parts

Phone: (847) 295-6560

990 N Shore Dr Lake Bluff, IL

Sales

Phone: (847) 295-6560

990 N Shore Dr Lake Bluff, IL

Service

Phone: (847) 295-6560

990 N Shore Dr Lake Bluff, IL
42.2734409 -87.8735408
Ferrari Lake Forest 42.2734409, -87.8735408.