Recognised by many as the last true ‘Gentleman’ Ferrari; the 456 GT.
The Pininfarina designed 4 seater was in essence the successor of the 412 which also had a V12 front mounted engine. However the design of the 456 GT had many references to the more classic Ferrari’s including the Daytona and was applauded for this at its Brussels car expo introduction back in 1992.
Besides its beautiful design this GT was powered by an impressive 5.4 litre V12 with 442Bhp/ 540Nm making it at the time the fastest 4 seater production car. With a top speed over 300km/h and 0-100 in just over 5 seconds the performance figures are still very impressive against today’s standards.
Not only the performance figures are impressive but also the ease of which the 456 translates this power onto the road. Its handling and braking makes it very easy to drive whether you are pushing it to the max or just cruising it the ‘GT’ way.
The 456 GT engine is recognized for its quality standard and when well maintained and used it is known to be very reliable. The high quality of building is not only translated to the engine and chassis, also the interior is of outstanding perfection. Wonderfully used materials and fitting, great seats and the beautiful sound of the V12 makes the interior a perfect place for an extensive drive.
In 1996 the GTA (4 speed automatic) was introduced at the Geneva car expo. Together with the introduction of the automatic, Ferrari also made an update to the engine (F116C) which received the most up to date and upgraded motor management system, one that is also featured on the 456 GTA from 1997.