The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - Interior | Part Three

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Ferrari 612

The six-speed mechanical gearbox is available with both a manual and a new generation electro-hydraulic set-up, known as the F1A, designed to marry speedy manual gear shifting with comfortable automatic use. This track-derived system, further honed to complement manual shifting (courtesy of the paddles mounted behind the steering wheel), also boasts a new generation automatic mode to deliver improved driving comfort.

The 612 Scaglietti has the soul of a sporty berlinetta and the dimensions and design of a luxurious, surprisingly roomy Grand Tourer. Its innovative styling enhances its architecture (long wheel base, cab-rear layout, tiny overhangs) and highlights its dynamism and power.

It boasts a big, sculpted body, long aerodynamic bonnet, strong lines, and characteristic scalloped-sides - the latter a clear reference to the famous 375 MM built for Rossellini as a gift for Ingrid Bergman.

As a genuine "four-seater", the 612 Scaglietti does not compromise when it comes to occupant comfort. In fact, a host of features, ranging from the size of the doors to specially developed solutions, such as the kind of hinging system used and the easy entry system, means that all four passengers will find it easy to get into and out of at all times.

The 612 Scaglietti also offers notable legroom front and rear (it is 139 mm longer than its predecessor the 456M), plus excellent ergonomics and headroom in the body-hugging rear seats too. Even the 240-litre luggage compartment is larger and easily swallows up a six-piece luggage set designed especially for it.

The cabin, which can be fully personalised from the Carrozzeria Scaglietti programme on request, is dominated by aluminium and handcrafted leather. This is a sporty, sophisticated interior that reflects the 612’s high tech soul. A wide range of other features guarantees exceptional driving pleasure and maximum comfort (the instrument cluster and steering wheel controls at the driver’s fingertips, dual-zone climate control and a Bose Hi-End sound system, for instance).

Aluminium For Performance And Safety

"We started with a blank sheet on the design of the F 137, but we did have a very specific objective: we wanted to create a car that would be a break with the past in terms of its performance and roominess, one with a highly innovative character that would open the way for a whole new generation of Ferrari GTs. The decision to go for an all-aluminium chassis and body seemed completely in tune with the design as a light, rigid structure guarantees weight reduction, dynamic handling, and passenger comfort and safety all in one. We brought this advanced technology to even more sophisticated levels in the 612 Scaglietti, thanks to Ferrari’s previous experience in the area and the fact that we had a centre of excellence in the Scaglietti Light Alloy Technologies complex in Modena."

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Published 19 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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