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The Ferrari Testarossa was produced as the successor to the Berlinetta Boxer, designed by Pininfarina, it was produced in its initial 'Testarossa' guise from 1984 to 1991, with two model revisions following it - these being the 1992 512 TR and 1995 F512 M.
Premiered at the 1984 Paris Auto Show, the Testarossa used rear-mounted 5 Litre Flat 12 Engine which was the same displacement as the outgoing BBi 512 but utilised 4 valves per cylinder and had red cam-covers, hence the name Testarossa - or 'Red Head'.
The Testarossa series was the last Flat 12 Engine produced by Ferrari and was replaced in 1996 with the all new, Front engined V12 550 Maranello.
Ferrari and Pininfarina designed the Testarossa to be larger than its predecessor, the Berlinetta Boxer, it was wider than the Boxer and had a longer wheelbase
The 512 TR's engine was modified in many ways. Nikasil liners were added, along with a new air intake system, Bosch engine management, larger intake valves, and a revised exhaust system. The changes resulted in higher peak power and a more broad power curve for better acceleration.
Gear-shifting effort was eased with a new single-plate clutch, sliding ball bearings, and better angle for the gear lever. The braking system included larger front discs and cross-drilling all around. Quicker steering, lower-profile tyres, and new shock absorber settings to improve handling. Most importantly, engine and gearbox position was rethought, which improved the centre of gravity, aiding the handling and making the car less fearsome on the limit.
The interior was revised too, with the center console split from the dashboard, and the climate controls relocated. Pininfarina tweaked the body of the car to better integrate the spoilers and engine cover and update the design in line with the recently released 348.