2008 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Performance


2008 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2008 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 9.3

The 2008 612 Scaglietti receives praise for its strong powertrain and superb handling dynamics. Enhancing its performance abilities is a mid-front engine layout.  The configuration helps create an ideal weight distribution and enhances overall traction. What's more, the Scaglietti is built entirely of aluminum, which helps keep its weight down.

  • "The 612 can't be classified as a 'quiet' car by absolute standards. However, its engine and exhaust notes are an absolute joy to the ears, making mechanical sounds that other automakers can only dream of reproducing." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The design choice to influence the 612 Scaglietti's styling was its architecture. A mid-front layout with the engine mounted behind the front axle, and the gearbox and differential in unit at the rear ensure that the centre of gravity is kept as far back and as low as possible." -- AutoMiddleEast.com
  • "Under the sculpted skin, the 612 features all-aluminum construction for reduced weight. At more than 4,000 pounds, the 612 is not exactly a lightweight, but it's still 600-1,200 pounds lighter than competitors like the Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes-Benz CL63." -- Edmunds
  • "The driving experience is considerably less hardcore than that of the rest of the Ferrari range, but the 612 still possesses extraordinarily high levels of performance and grip." -- Fifth Gear

Acceleration and Power

Test drivers praise the 612 Scaglietti for its masterfully engineered powertrain. It features  a 5.7-liter V12 engine that produces 540-horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 433.8 pound-feet of torque at 5,250 rpm. What's more, a traditional six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but an FI automatic gearbox -- which allows drivers to choose between manual and automatic modes -- is also available. According to Ferrari, the Scaglietti can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Not surprisingly, it requires a lot of fuel. The EPA reports that the 612 Scaglietti has a city/highway fuel economy of 10/15 mpg when equipped with a manual transmission and 9/16 mpg with an automatic.

  • "Acceleration is smooth and strong, with no drop in power delivery at any engine speed. Ferrari's 4.0 sec 0-60 mph claim feels about right and is amazingly quick for a large, heavy coupe." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Many testers have recorded nearly a 1 G on skid pads. Look for doing a quarter of a mile in 12.5 seconds, or about 119 miles per hour. So while this car may seat four, there's certainly no cutting back on performance." -- MarketWatch
  • "As the numbers suggest, the new V-12 is impressively quick and responsive. Even a slight pip of the throttle will bury you in the seat." -- The Car Connection
  • "Fuel consumption isn't so much a bother with 612 owners as for most car buyers, the problem hardly being the running costs but rather how often these machines drain their tanks. That's why Ferrari fit the 612 with a giant 108-liter one, which, while for everyday folks is painful to think about filling, ensures its ability to leap and bound clear across countries with few interruptions." -- Automobile.com
  • "Though earlier Ferrari F1 transmissions were a bit truculent in everyday driving, the 612's updated version is a major improvement. Its shift quality is excellent in almost any situation, and most drivers should be fully satisfied with it." -- Edmunds
  • "I've spent time over the past couple of days swapping between the silver car, which boasts a manual trans, and the red car, which has a semi-automatic F1 gearbox. By day three, I've surprised myself by preferring the F1. These systems have improved dramatically in recent years, and on long journeys such as this, it's ultimately the more relaxing and fulfilling companion." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

Auto writers report that the 612 Scaglietti handles marvelously. While some note that its suspension is stiff, others say that is expected in this sort of machine.

  • "ZIGZAG, Ore. -- There could be no better name for a town than this one for Ferrari's four-seat grand touring car, which handles like a mountain lion in hot pursuit of lunch." -- MarketWatch
  • "In sixth gear, with the big V-12 barely ticking over, the Ferrari is as quiet as an executive sedan, and the suspension revisions (see sidebar) have done little to compromise its comfortable ride." -- Car and Driver
  • "We have no reason to doubt Ferrari's dragstrip results, but neither did we have an opportunity to corroborate them, thanks to a freakish late-February snowstorm in north-central Italy. We were given the opportunity to pedal our 612 around a damp Fiorano circuit, however, and, even under compromised conditions, we were impressed by how eagerly the car can redirect its considerable momentum." -- Motor Trend
  • "Even in the rarefied atmosphere of high-performance exotic GTs, the 612 Scaglietti stands out, thanks to its agile handling that makes the car feels two-thirds its size." -- Edmunds
  • "Being the sports car it is, the ride is expectedly firm. Sharp bumps induce some jarring, but overall, the ride is not unpleasant given the 612's sporty suspension tuning and high-performance 19-inch tires." -- Consumer Guide

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