Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
The Scaglietti is a extremely rapid, supremely comfortable Gran Tourismo that is at home on Mallorca's sweeping highways, wide modernised country roads and wider urban roads.
The car just covers ground with ease, yet from within its Gran Tourismo persona the Scaglietti can instantly unleash aggressive, even brutal acceleration from any speed. Handling is fantastic for such a large car although as a GT the suspension is ultimately set up for comfort and is rather soft for extreme performance. This is particularly noticeable on tight curves where the car's width also becomes a factor.
The traction control system is extremely well mannered keeping the car firmly planted on the road. The more you ask of the system the more it delivers. However turn the traction control off and the Scaglietti can become a wild and scary beast that needs great skill and care to handle.
The sophisticated F1 semi automatic gear box is easy to use. In normal auto setting the shifts are very gentle and soft, in sport the shift times roughly twice as quick. The owner prefers manual shifts with he steering wheel paddles which have full manual control on upshifts but will automatically shift down at slowest speeds to stop the car stalling.
turn the traction control off and
the Scaglietti can become a wild and scary beast that needs great skill and care to handle.
The 612 is very comfortable with fully adjustable and programmable front seats. Rear seat comfort and space were a family-allowing (in every sense) factor in the purchase of the 612. The car is so quiet with the windows up that you have to remind yourself of the actual speed you are travelling.
Visibility is excellent with a wide panorama windscreen that is noticeably free of dashboard reflections. The dash itself is refreshingly simple in layout and content with easy-to-use electronic
systems behind the relatively few switches.
This is the owner's first new Ferrari and, it has opened up a new world of other other enjoyment such as visiting Maranello, attending Ferrari driving courses - and meeting other Ferrari owners.
The one downside of ownership on Mallorca is shared with other new supercars - namely the absence of dealer service centres - which means transporting the car by ferry to Barcelona for servicing. This is both time consuming and un-reasonably costly. It would be better if official mechanics could fly in and use a fully equipped local facility to service the island's supercars.
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