Almost all Ferraris, and certainly all the fastest ones, have been mid-engine cars, at least since the 1973 Daytona. With the 1992 Ferrari 456GT, the Italian marque returned to front engined cars, and not in a small way. Everything about the 456GT was what customers expected a Ferrari to be: outrageously fast, of course, and suitably expensive, a beautiful design and the sharpest, most nimble handling possible. Styling was accomplished, like with so many Ferrari models, by Pininfarina, which was clearly inspired by the slightly bulky profile of the Daytona. The interior design was just as well design, with all the soft leather one could want and a chrome-topped stick shift that was a powerful reminders of the Ferrari GTs of old.
That the Ferraroi 456GT was so nimble, despite its weight and front engine, was no surprise, as the six speed manual transmission was mounted in the rear of the car to help achieve a perfect weight distribution. It helped compensate for the not-inconsiderable weight of the 5.5-liter, quadruple-over-camshaft V12 engine lurking at front, which churned out 442 horsepower. The 456GT could accelerate 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, and reach a top speed of 193 miles per hour.
The introduction of the 1992 Ferrari 456GT marked Ferrari’s return, and commitment to making very high-performance front-engine cars, perhaps realizing that for many customers, those were easier to handle and to drive.