For the first time, Ferrari will manufacture a 12-cylinder model with both the chassis and body panels in aluminium, built entirely in-house at Modena, in the dedicated Scaglietti light-alloy technologies facility. The benefits of this construction method include increased structural rigidity and weight savings of 60 kg compared to the 456M GTA – despite the 612’s larger dimensions.
The overall layout – engine mounted behind the front axle, gearbox in unit with the differential at the rear – ensures an ideally balanced weight distribution (46% front, 54% rear), as well as permitting a lower centre of gravity, which benefits the dynamic behaviour of the car. The performance-orientated handling is enhanced by active damping and a new electronic stability and traction control system, making its first-ever appearance on a Ferrari.
The 612’s 5748 cc, 12-cylinder, 65°V engine is a product of the most advanced Ferrari technology. The all-aluminium power unit generates 540 bhp at 7,250 rpm, with 434 lb ft of torque at 5,250 rpm. All 612 Scaglietti models will be fitted with a six-speed mechanical gearbox, with a choice of manual or F1-style paddle shifts. Newly developed for the 612 Scaglietti, the F1A electro-hydraulic system is designed to deliver both fast and ultra-smooth gear changes.Published 8 March 2004