2010 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Performance


2010 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 9.5

Despite not having been redesigned in many years, the 612 Scaglietti never ceases to amaze test drivers with its masterfully engineered powertrain and superb handling dynamics.

  • "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

Acceleration and Power

Auto critics are blown away by the 612 Scaglietti’s fierce powertrain. It’s equipped with 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. Though a traditional six-speed manual transmission is standard, an FI automatic gearbox -- which allows drivers to choose between manual and automatic modes -- is available. According to Ferrari, the 612 Scaglietti has a maximum speed of 196+ mph and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds.

The EPA reports that the 2010 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti nets a city/highway fuel economy of 10/15 mpg when equipped with a manual transmission and 9/16 mpg with an automatic.

  • "The amazing V12 engine delivers enormous urge under pretty much all circumstances." -- Fifth Gear
  • "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
  • "The V12 is a refined brute under full throttle, treating you to an unmistakably Italian symphony with every jab of the throttle. The 612's F1 gearbox provides acceptable shift quality, particularly for a single-clutch unit (the modern dual-clutch gearboxes are generally smoother), along with superhuman shift speeds during performance driving." -- Edmunds
  • "Ferrari has constantly upped its game, improving the gearshift bit by bit through software alterations and other tweaks on its F1A sequential manual transmission, and therefore have made it nearly as smooth as a regular automatic without losing the lightning quick precision of the shifts." -- Automobile.com

Handling and Braking

Test drivers agree that the 612 Scaglietti is an exceptional performer that features the sporty and agile handling dynamics of sports cars that are substantially smaller and lighter.

  • The "Ferrari 612 Scaglietti compensates for its nearly 2-ton curb weight with light, precise steering and impressively nimble handling." -- Edmunds
  • "Of course, the performance this machine is capable of enters awesome territory, not to mention the voracious sound it makes at full song, but these characteristics can be observed in every other Ferrari currently on sale. By far the most impressive, if not astonishing thing about the 612 is its initial character and how easy it is to simply hop in and drive." -- Automobile.com
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Despite its size and heft, the 612 lives for tight corners, providing tenacious grip that's made even more sure footed thanks to the GTB package's uprated suspension. The steering is responsive in spirited driving but is slow at low speeds. The GTB package's massive carbon ceramic brakes erase speed with near-perfect pedal feel." -- Consumer Guide

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