Produced in relatively impressive numbers, for a Ferrari, as over 7,000 were made, the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa is truly representative of its time. Made from 1984 to 1991, and designed specifically to kick its competitors in the groin (especially Lamborghini, with its Countach), it massively improved on its predecessor. By making the car wider at the back as well as longer, it removed the 512BB cabin’s tendency to become unbearably hot over time by mover the radiators – two of them at the back, well-ventilated by the signature side strakes.The Testarossa was the ultimate 80s ‘Yuppie’ status symbol, immortalized in Miami Vice and numerous video games. It helped that despite its awesome, jaw-dropping good looks, it was a supremely effective sports car, and put the Italian car maker back in the supercar game.
The Testarossa was powered by a beautiful twelve-cylinder engine, in a flat ‘Boxer’ configuration, based on the 512, but with four valves per cylinder, that produced a very healthy 390 horsepower. It was good for chart-topping 181 miles per hour top speed, and an excellent 5.2 seconds to 60 mph.
Where the Ferrari Testarossa really shone was in its handling, which was spectacular despite the car’s size and weight. Thanks to its greater width at the rear, and to its superb design and aerodynamics, it benefited from incredible down-force, which improved handling without resorting to bolt-on spoilers and wings. Even today, the Testarossa remains in a class of its own.