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Ferrari 612 Scaglietti: Buying guide and review (2004-2011)

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti: Buying guide and review (2004-2011) Classic and Performance Car
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The 612 Scaglietti was the beautifully sculpted (if slightly oddly proportioned) successor of the 456, the next in line of the 2+2 V12s that started way back in 1960 with the Ferrari 250. Named after Sergio Scaglietti and with design elements that in part emulated the 1954 375MM, it was an all-aluminium Grand Tourer masterpiece. 
More reliable, faster and with a larger footprint than its predecessor, the 612 was a better car in almost every respect. Its 532bhp 5.7-litre V12 mounted behind the front wheels gave it the kind of performance that is expected of a Ferrari. It also debuted various firsts for Ferrari including an electronic stability management system.
Standard versions were criticised for their muted exhaust notes and comfort biased suspension settings, however the HGTC and HGTS packages could provide the solution with a sports exhaust, tuned suspension and uprated semi-automatic gearbox software. 
Customisation choices were vast, especially if customers opted for the OTO ‘one to one’ program, which allowed even further personalisation. 
The 612 is a relatively subtle looking, and in certain colour choices can almost melt into the background, making it the ideal car for those not wanting too much attention.
Which one to buy?
One of the most expensive cars on the market when new, the 612 has been through its initial heavy depreciation to make it a very viable ownership prospect for those in the know.
Some owners complained of a muted exhaust note, heavy tyre wear and high fuel consumption, however the general consensus was that the 612 is a reliable GT car with the ability to cover ground very rapidly. 2006 saw the introduction of the HGTC and HGTS option packs which added a sports exhaust system, firmer suspension settings, and quicker acting gearboxes with the HGTC further adding carbon ceramic brakes to the mix. These changes made a real difference to the driving experience and are worth having if you prefer a sportier drive to the standard model.
Facelifted in 2008, the 612 received the now common switchable manettino on the steering wheel as well as some other minor changes. 
The 612 is a reliable car and being larger than its predecessor offers true 2+2 motoring. Very low-mileage, multiple owner cars can be more problematic than one-owner high-milers, as hidden issues may have been passed on with each owner. These cars benefit from being driven regularly and with some vigour. Manual cars are hard to find, as well as hugely sought after – making them a very expensive (see prices).
Performance and specs

Engine 5748cc 48valve DOHC V12 
Power 532bhp @ 7250rpm 
Torque 434lb ft @ 5250rpm
Top speed 199mph 
0-62mph 4.3 seconds 
Fuel consumption 13.6mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual/six-speed F1 semi-automatic
Insurance group 50
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 2950mm
Length 4902mm
Width 1957mm
Height 1344mm
Curb weight 1840kg
Common problems
The 612 is a reliable car with few recurring issues; servicing costs are what you would expect from a V12 Ferrari and a fully documented maintenance history is essential.

• While not specifically a 612 fault, the dashboard switches can become sticky to the touch when left to stand for long periods. Refurbishment or replacement is the only real option. Another issue is the shrinkage of the leather covering the dashboard when cars are left in the sun for extended periods, although this is less common in the UK than warmer climates.

• The optional carbon ceramic brakes are very long lasting but if the discs and pads require replacing you will be in for a hefty bill so check their condition thoroughly.

• Front rims can buckle easily thanks to the low profile tyres. The tyres themselves tend to require replacing every 10,000 miles or so depending on your driving style.

• The very rare manual gearbox versions tend to give little trouble, with clutches lasting a lot longer than their semi-automatic counterparts. The Semi-automatic ‘boxes are also reliable, however they can sometimes give a few problems that require resetting of clutch position sensors or software updates to rectify. A recall in 2008 rectified a problem that could cause the semi-automatic gearbox clutch sensor to malfunction during normal operation.

• The 612 was the first to offer the electronic dashboard that is now commonplace in all Ferraris. It can sometimes have issues with the power supply or electronic board, which will generally need to be resolved at great expense with a replacement unit from Ferrari, or at much reduced cost by specialists who are able to repair the malfunctioning parts.

• Engines are strong and have few inherent faults; they are however one of the last with cambelts and these require replacing every four to five years so budget for this labour intensive job ahead of time. 

• An all-aluminium chassis and body mean that rust is not an issue, but it pays to check the car for any signs of accident damage or corrosion that may have set in around badly repaired panels.
Model history
2004: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti introduced, replacing 456. Available in six-speed manual and semi-automatic transmissions
2006: HGTC and HGTS option packs offered, with sports exhausts and modified suspension settings among the changes
2007: 612 Sessanta built to commemorate 60th anniversary of company. 60 units built.
2008: 612 face lift introduced. OTO (One-to-One) program allowed owners to customise their vehicles to their tastes. OTO options included a photochromatic glass roof. Uprated twin-clutch semi-automatic transmission used for OTO cars. Selectable driving mode Manettino switch standard on all cars
2011: Final 612 rolls off the production line making way for the new FF
Owners clubs, forums and websites
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• www.dkeng.co.uk
• www.ferrarichat.com
Summary and prices
A good example will set you back around £65,000 with some top condition models with low mileage demanding up to £110,000. As mentioned above, evidence of a comprehensive service history is a must as problematic cars can be expensive to rectify. HGTC packs tend to add a bit to the asking price and limited edition models such as the Sessanta will be significantly higher. Due to its rarity, any 612 fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox will carry a significant premium over the anything with the F1 ‘box.
The 612 Scaglietti is a fantastic long distance tourer with space for four to travel in comfort. Luggage space may be a bit limited, and fuel consumption is predictably heavy but this is a small price to pay for travelling in such style. The timeless, yet understated looks should ensure that demand for these capable cars will remain high for years to come. 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 17th Dec 2015
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  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

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    Ferrari 612 Scaglietti presented in Argento Nurburgring with Nero leather seats and contrast silver stitching, Nero carpets and red calipers. On 599 Challenge wheels and original wheels with the car don't miss this opportunity to purchase a future classic. Available to view now in the showroom, please call Autofficina on 020 8391 0002 for more information.

    • Mileage: 39832 mi
    • Engine size: 5748
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  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1

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    2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1. Presented in Grigio Silverstone with Nero leather and Nero carpets. Factory options on this car include; Modular split piece wheels, Scuderia wing sheilds, Daytona inserts and Yellow rev counter. This car is also fitted with a double din stereo, satellite navigation, rear reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors. A lovely example of a family Ferrari in excess of £200,000 new. More pictures to follow shortly.

    • Mileage: 52380 mi
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  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1

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    2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1. Presented in Mirabeau Blue with Tan leather and Navy carpets. Factory options on this car include; Blue stitching to leather, heated seats, automatic headlights, Bose sound system, Red brake calipers, Modular multi-piece wheels, Scuderia wing sheilds and rear parking sensors. Also complimented by a retrofit double din head unit with Satellite Navigation and a sports exhaust system. A first class example with a high specification and great colour combination.

    • Mileage: 29545 mi
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  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

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    Yellow Brake Calipers, Dark Painted Alluminium, Daytona Seats, Heated Seats, Scuderia Wing Shields, Navtrak Antitheft System, Yellow Rev Counter, Pirelli Tyres

    • Mileage: 26000 mi
    • Engine size: 5748
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  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti One to One

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    The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was the first Ferrari Grand Tourer with the ability to Seat four adults in comfort. The design, especially the large side scallops and headlights, pay homage to the custom 1954 Ferrari 375 MM. The 612 was produced at Ferrari's Carrozzeria Scaglietti plant, the former home of the car's namesake coachbuilder in Modena Italy and was the second current generation Ferrari to be all aluminium. The engine was a newly developed version of the Ferrari 575M Maranello. Its 4.7 litre V12 configuration is capable of 196 mph and a 0–60 mph acceleration times of just 4.3 seconds. In 2008 Ferrari revised the 612 and launched the second generation and also offered a 612 “One to One.” One to One signified Ferrari’s special purchase program where a purchaser could fly to the factory in Italy and special order his car to his exact specification with the personal assistance via Ferrari’s Atelier program. The One to One cars also featured Ferrari’s revised dual plate clutch superfast transmission which would be seen 2 years later in the 599, Electrochromic roof, Steering wheel Mannetino, 20” Challenge wheels, Sports exhaust, Carbon Ceramic brakes and the HGT2 package an option

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