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What It’s Like To Drive The 1989 Koenig Specials Ferrari Testarossa

Established in 1974 in Munich by the passionate Ferrari owner Willie Koenig, this company had a singular mission — to elevate the performance of standard cars. Be it BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, or the revered Ferrari, Koenig Specials injected turbochargers, wide-body kits, and various modifications to push these vehicles to their limits.

The result? A fleet of extraordinary machines, with one of the crown jewels being the Ferrari Testarossa. This particular Testarossa, transformed into a powerhouse boasting over 1,000 horsepower, stands as a relic from the ’80s — an era when speed and style collided in spectacular fashion.

Equipped with a 4.9-liter Flat 12 engine, this Testarossa churns out 385 brake horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. Numbers that, despite seeming modest compared to modern powerhouses, translate into an adrenaline-pumping experience on the road. Going from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.4 seconds and hitting a top speed of 236 miles per hour, this Testarossa was, and still is, in a league of its own.

The distinctive Flat 12 engine, revving up to 7,100 RPM, offers a power delivery so smooth and linear that it feels like a crescendo building up to a symphonic climax. And that exhaust note! Around 3,500 RPM, the Testarossa’s exhaust transcends the realms of ordinary sound, ushering you into a world where every rev is a note in a high-octane orchestra.

This iconic beauty is a testament to the golden era of sports cars and it recently found its way into the hands of James Kingston ///CARS on YouTube. Let’s see what they have to say about this head-turning automotive marvel from the ’80s.