1991 Ferrari Testarossa V12 5.0 Litre
Fabulous design and performance - an absolute classic, but over-priced at present
Heater/air conditioning fan would not switch off.
There are 2 engine management units - each one monitors 6 cylinders. Maintaining the 'equal balance' between the two to ensure correct fuel flow for smooth running, was a job that had to be done 3 times in 1 year.
A head-turning stunner - this was the largest road-going Ferrari made - a real big-boy's toy!
Acceleration and performance was absolutely phenomenal, and the car was as steady as a rock at all times.
The car can be driven at low speeds around town very easily - just use the gearbox as you would any other car - it's very docile and behaves nicely.
The design was magnificent - mine was Rosso/Crema (red with cream leather interior) which was the traditional Ferrari colours and the most popular.
Rearward vision is restricted unless you have the model with 2 exterior mirrors, (the early ones only had one exterior mirror which also made it look somewhat strange).
The lack of power steering in all Ferrari Testarossas makes the car very difficult to park or manoeuvre at low speeds.
Do not buy one if this is going to be your only car - the noise level inside is very high (forget the radio- you won't be able to hear it - ever!), and the lack of any sort of luggage space will soon get to you.
Brilliant as a second (week-end) car. Even washing and polishing it is an absolute delight.
Having had the car for nearly 3 years I have now got Ferrari's out of my system. Given the choice I would now go for something less aggressive, quieter, and more refined - such as an Aston Martin or Bentley, but it was great fun at the time.
If you can afford it - go for a post-1998 model - they had significant improvements, and even better: go for a Ferrari 512 - these were much more refined and had uprated styling.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th April, 2004
19th Jan 2006, 12:39
So what you can't hear the radio - with sound of this engine you will turn it off anyway to hear the real music, a symphony of 12.
23rd Feb 2007, 20:33
What beautiful music it is :)
20th May 2007, 08:04
The Testarossa looks like a big hairdryer.
5th Jul 2008, 16:21
And, oh, baby, what a hair dryer it is.
27th Jan 2011, 08:35
Each to their own, but why on earth would you want to listen to the radio whilst driving a flat 12 4.9 litre-engined Ferrari??? Traditional Ferrari body/interior is rosso corsa/black leather. I don't know where the cream interior came from.
29th Jun 2018, 16:57
Old but great review.