Ferrari Testarossa
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Make: Ferrari
Model: Testarossa
Ferrari Testarossa

The Ferrari Testarossa stands out as the sheer size of this automobile is worth recognizing. The Pininfarina-designed car was radically wide at 1976 mm (77.8 in) and low at just 1135 mm (44.7 in) high. It is a 12-cylinder mid-engined sports car made by Ferrari, which went into production in 1984 as the successor to the Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer. Although the name might allude to such, it should not be confused with the Ferrari TR "Testa Rossas" of the late 1950s and early 1960s. These were famously impressive GT sports cars that ran in the World Sportscar Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Rather, the Testarossa name, which, in Italian means "red head", comes quite simply and archaically from the red-painted cylinder heads on the flat-12 engine. It became an acclaimed model that was featured on the cover of Road & Track magazine nine times in just five years. Throughout production, almost 10,000 Testarossas, 512TRs, and 512Ms were manufactured, making it one of the most common Ferrari models. This was slightly unexpected given its high price and exotic design. In 1985, the Testarossa retailed for about $94,000, which in today's terms is $176,032. But, to make matters worse, this car is not best described as being fuel-efficient. The car's roots may be traced back to the 512 BBi of 1981. Both shared the same basic platform along with a similar engine, though it now featured 4 valves per cylinder. One significant mechanical dissimilarity was the radiator; the 512 BB featured a single radiator in the nose, while the Testarossa used a pair of smaller units on each side in front of the rear wheels. This created the need for the distinctive side-mounted air intakes and strakes, as well as the wide body. It also helped in lowering the interior temperature, since the radiator's hoses didn't run under it.

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