Having taken its name from the legendary Testa Rossa racing car, the mid-engine Testarossa was so much more than just a namesake; it offered splendid performance with an increased degree of usability due to additional luggage space and an improved clutch. Just over 7,000 were built between 1984 and 1991, before the line evolved into the 512 TR. The Pininfarina-penned Testarossa improved on the basic recipe of Ferrari’s Berlinetta Boxer, thanks to more horsepower under the hood, which propelled the V-12 coupe to a 180 mph top speed. Derived from the Boxer, the V-12 featured two banks of six horizontally-opposed cylinders and 48 valves. Bosch's latest K-Jetronic fuel injection improved power and drivability; with 380 horsepower on tap, the Testarossa was capable of sprinting to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
380 hp, 4,942 cc DOHC horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4"
Part of the RM Auction at Monterey on August 17-19, 2012.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Khiem Pham