"Testarossa" means "Red Head"

The Ferrari Testarossa was produced as the successor to the Berlinetta Boxer. Designed by Pininfarina, it was produced in its initial 'Testarossa' guise from 1984 to 1991, with two model revisions following, these being the 1992 512 TR and 1995 F512 M. Premiered at the 1984 Paris Auto Show, the Testarossa used rear-mounted 5 Litre Flat 12 Engine which was the same displacement as the outgoing BBi 512 but utilised 4 valves per cylinder and had red cam-covers, hence the name Testarossa - or 'Red Head'. The Testarossa series was the last Flat 12 Engine produced by Ferrari and was replaced in 1996 with the all new, Front engined V12 550 Maranello.

  • Production: 7,177 (1984-1991)
  • Engine: 5.0 litre Flat 12 , 48 valves, 390 bhp
  • 0-60: 5.0 seconds
  • Max Speed: 178mph


One last unique addition to the new design was a single high mounted rear view mirror on the driver's side. The mirror was lowered to a more normal placement in 1987 and quickly joined by a passenger side rear view mirror for the driver to be able to make safe easy lane changes. For those of us that are the right age, the Testarossa was made famous by Miami Vice that featured a white Testarossa, and also the computer game 'Outrun' released by Sega in 1986 in which the player races a Ferrari Testarossa - as well as making its way onto may a teenage boys bedroom wall !

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