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 mid-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 engine; the latter now boasting a maximum power output raised to 380bhp at 6,300rpm courtesy of four-valve cylinder heads. Despite the power increase, smoothness and drivability were enhanced, the car possessing excellent top gear flexibility allied to a maximum speed of 180mph.
Rivalling Lamborghini's Countach for presence, the Pininfarina-designed Testarossa succeeded brilliantly, the gill slats feeding air to its side-mounted radiators being one of the modern era's most instantly recognisable – and copied - styling devices. A larger car than the 512BB - the increase in width being necessary to accommodate wider tyres - the Testarossa managed the trick of combining high downforce with a low coefficient of drag, its graceful body being notable for the absence of extraneous spoilers and other such devices. Despite the increase in size over the 512BB, the Testarossa was lighter than its predecessor, the body - its steel doors and roof excepted - being, somewhat unusual for a production Ferrari, of aluminium. Luxury touches in the well-equipped cabin included air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, tilting steering wheel and plentiful leather.
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 updated 512 TR version, which came with 428bhp on tap and could easily exceed 300km/h. Pininfarina gave the TR a front-end makeover and the newcomer also gained improved under-body aerodynamics and 18" diameter wheels. A total of 2,280 512 TRs had been made when production ceased in 1994.
This stunning example of the Ferrari 512 TR is finished in Rosso Corsa paintwork with Nero Hide, undoubtedly one of the best colour combinations for this iconic Ferrari. Built in February 1992 as a non-ABS European Specification model this 512 TR was originally delivered to its owner in Japan before heading to Dubai and then purchased to be part of a UK Ferrari Collection. Complete with UK registration in 2015 this car forms part of a significant and growing collection. A full set of Schedoni Ferrari luggage was ordered in readiness for continental touring however subsequently never used and remain in new condition.
Having covered only 29,000 kms this Ferrari 512 TR is barely run in and will be fully serviced and 12 Month MOT prior to delivery for total peace of mind. A fantastic opportunity to acquire a Ferrari legend with the ultimate Boxer engine.
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