- All new, 199 mph, 2+2 model to cost £170,500 in UK
- Right-hand drive 612 Scaglietti deliveries in Britain to start mid-2004
- First V12 Ferrari with all-aluminium chassis & body construction
- CST electronic stability control for first time on a Ferrari
- Long wheelbase ensures 612 Scaglietti is a genuine four-seater
Ferrari UK anticipates that around 60 examples of the 612 will be available in right-hand drive for the British market during 2004. While the 612 Scaglietti is similarly priced to the 456M it replaces, the newcomer raises Ferrari’s 2+2 model to a new level of sophistication. Described by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo as a "third millennium car", the 612 Scaglietti offers customers a whole new generation of technologies and is so spacious that it has been called a two-door four-seater rather than a 2+2.
The 612 Scaglietti is 139 mm longer, 37 mm wider, and 44 mm taller than the 456M. With a significantly longer wheelbase than its predecessor, increased by 350 mm, the 612 Scaglietti has been designed to offer ease-of-entry for rear-seat passengers to an outstandingly luxurious cabin which will accommodate four adults in absolute comfort.
Thanks to special hinges, the doors open an extra 150 mm and the powered front seats tilt and slide forwards at the touch of a button to give improved access to the rear. Compared to the 456M, the 612 provides 34 mm additional headroom in front, and 5 degrees more recline for the seat backs. Rear seat passengers will benefit from the more reclined backrest (+12 degrees), improved headroom (+70mm) and deeper foot wells.
On-board comfort is boosted for the driver by the adoption of ‘new generation’ ergonomics for the instruments, steering-wheel mounted and fascia-mounted controls and for passengers by the fitting of dual-zone climate control and a Hi-End Bose sound system. The capacity of the luggage compartment has been enlarged to 240 litres – 26% bigger than the 456M – and will hold a six-piece Ferrari luggage set or two full sets of golf clubs.