Introduced in 1992, the 512 TR was one of the final developments of Ferrari’s sensational Testarossa supercar. Ferrari’s flagship model, the Testarossa revived a famous name from the Italian company’s past when it arrived in 1984. A ‘next generation’ Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa retained its predecessor’s amidships-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 engine; the latter now boasting a maximum power output raised to 380bhp courtesy of four-valve cylinder heads.
Despite the power increase, smoothness and driveability were enhanced, the car possessing excellent top gear flexibility allied to a maximum speed of 180mph. Unlike some of its rivals, the Testarossa possessed light controls and was relatively easy to drive, factors which, allied to its outstanding performance and stunning looks, contributed to an instant and sustained high level of demand.
In 1992 the original Testarossa was succeeded by the extensively revised and improved 512 TR version, which came with 422bhp on tap and noticeably greater grip than its predecessor, the latter being much appreciated by Autocar’s tester: ‘The 512 resolved information about the road surface explicitly; the Testarossa’s feedback wasn’t as sharply focussed nor ultimately as useful when travelling quickly.’ And the 512 TR could certainly manage that, its claimed top speed being 314km/h.
Sold new by Auto Becker Ferrari in Germany, and finished in a stunning combination of Giallo Modena with a Nero black leather interior, this well preserved example has been a part of Ferrari collections in Europe and further afield for a number of years. The 512 shows a mere 29,800 kilometres from new, documented with service books and receipts (including engine-out services), and a German Fahrzeugbrief (KFZ). An excellent low-mileage 512 TR in wonderful colours, this is a great addition to any serious collection and one which we are sure will prove to be a sound long-term investment.
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