The Ferrari Testarossa was one of the most sought-after Ferraris of its time, after the F40. The Testarossa was powered by a 4.9-liter mid-mounted flat-12 which amounted to 385bhp and 490Nm of torque allowing for a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. Over 10,000 Testarossas were made during its production run between 1984 and 1996. The original price, back in 1984, was $85,000 before prices soared to over $150,000 by 1990. The Testarossa became culturally significant when it starred alongside James Crockett in the Miami Vice TV show.
If you want to buy an original spec Ferrari Testarossa today, in 2023, expect to pay up to and over $200,000 for a well-maintained example. But what if, what if, Ferrari decided to bring back the Testarossa, what would a modern Testarossa look like in the 21st Century? Retro or evolution? how would Ferrari envisage the ‘new’ Testarossa?
We’re pretty much sure that Ferrari will not bring back the Testarossa anytime soon, so concept artist and car nut Marco Maltese decided to do so on their behalf. Unofficially. Marco’s Testarossa concept integrates the original’s famous side-mounted radiator grills with Ferrari’s current design language.
The 1984 Testarossa was designed by the legendary Italian design studio Pininfarina. In today’s automotive world design and engineering have moved on. A modern Testarossa would be subjected to current industry standard structural crash regulations and the prevalence of modern technologies.
As a result, a modern Ferrari Testarossa would be structurally bigger and heavier as a result. However, the performance would be significantly better. But the flat-12 engine would most certainly be vanquished in favor of a V8 hybrid. But does the performance car world need a modern interpretation of the Ferrari Testarossa? That is the real question.