Make : Ferrari
Model : 512 TR
Year : 1993
Owner : Nostalgia Classic Cars
Country : United Arab Emirates
Ferrari have always been the main player in the Super Car Market. The Italian manufacturer will never settle for 2nd place when it comes to super-fast and super luxury vehicles. In 1990, Lamborghini, the Italian bull, introduced the new Lamborghini Diablo, an evolution in the world of Super Cars. The Stallion reacted with a completely new vehicle considered to be the masterpiece of the 90’s Super Cars era, the Ferrari 512 TR.
The 512 TR was introduced at the 1992 Los Angeles Auto Show and was an evolution of the Testarossa. The 512TR was a whole new car, with a bigger engine, a new air intake system, an updated gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal length wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bars, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and a Bosch management system. The interior was upgraded as well to reflect more comfort and control for the driver’s cockpit, and the exterior was to die for.
What’s more significant is actually the name of this chef-d’oeuvre “512 TR”, which stands for 5-Liter engine capacity with a V12-Cylinder capable of producing 430 HP @ 6750 RPM and 490 Nm @ 5500 RPM reaching a top speed of 306 Km/h and an acceleration of 4.9 sec from 0-100 Km/h.
As for the TR, it is after all a Testarossa. The Testarossa name paid homage to the famous World Sports Car Champion, 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa sports racing car. Testarossa, which literally means “red head” in Italian, refers to the red-painted cam covers for the 12-cylinder engines.
Finally, the Ferrari’s 512 TR has proven to be an icon of the early 1990s, with distinct roots in the 50’s and 60’s Testarossa. However, its upgrades set it apart from its predecessor. The Ferrari 512 TR and M are considered to be the last normal production of the Ferrari flat-twelve mid-engine.