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Ferrari 412

In 1985 further improvements were made to the series, with the launch of the Ferrari 412.

The engine was bored 1 mm, for an increase in displacement to 4,942 cc (302 cu in) — hence the name change to 412, representing the single cylinder displacement in cubic centimetres. Both the manual and automatic transmissions were retained, but exterior badging no longer denoted the transmission type fitted. Bosch ABS was offered, a first for Ferrari.

The body was altered, with a raised rear deck granting more luggage space. Pininfarina made many subtle tweaks to modernize the exterior. The bumpers were body-coloured; at the front there was a deeper spoiler, at the rear a black valance incorporated the foglamps and exhaust pipes. Side window trim was changed from chrome to black. The flat-faced wheels were new and fitted with TRX tires.

A total of 576 examples were made. Production ended in 1989 without a direct successor being immediately launched; the mid-engined Mondial remained the only Ferrari offering 2+2 seating. In 1992, after a three-year hiatus, the classic front-engine V12 2+2 grand tourer returned with the 456.


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Specs & Performance

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
engine V8
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 4719 cc / 288.0 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 85 mm / 3.35 in
power 216.3 kw / 290.1 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output 61.47 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 177.98 bhp per tonne
torque 423.02 nm / 312.0 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
front brakes Vented Discs
steering Worm & Sector
curb weight 1630 kg / 3594 lbs
wheelbase 2640 mm / 103.9 in
front track 1390 mm / 54.7 in
rear track 1360 mm / 53.5 in
length 4760 mm / 187.4 in
width 1730 mm / 68.1 in
height 1340 mm / 52.8 in
top speed ~254.3 kph / 158.0 mph