Ferrari Testarossa Facts

The Ferrari Testarossa, also known as the Type F110, is essentially a 12-cylinder mid-engine sports car manufactured by Ferrari that went into production in 1984 as the successor to the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. It was designed by Pininfarina, and originally produced from 1984 to 1991, with two model revisions following the ending of Testarossa production and the introduction of the 512 TR and F512 M. Nearly 10,000 Testarossas, 512 TRs, and F512 Ms were produced, making it one of the most-produced Ferrari models ever. Continue reading for five more interesting facts about the supercar.

5. Name Pays Homage to a Race Car

Ferrari Testarossa

The Testarossa name paid homage to the famed World Sportscar Champion 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sports racing car. Testa Rossa, which literally means “red head” in Italian, refers to the red-painted cam covers sported by both cars’ 12-cylinder engines.

4. Made Appearances in Pop Culture

Ferrari Testarossa

As Ferrari’s range-topper during the 1980s, the car made numerous appearances in pop culture, most notably in the arcade game OutRun, and in the third, fourth, and fifth seasons of Miami Vice. The car has subsequently become synonymous with 1980s “yuppies” and is an icon of 1980s retro culture. Its signature side strakes have become a popular aftermarket body component for wide arch aesthetic body kits.

3. Original Testarossa Re-engineered for Two More Models

Ferrari Testarossa

The original Testarossa was re-engineered for 1992 and released as the 512 TR, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, effectively as a completely new car, and an improved weight distribution of 41% front: 59% rear. The F512 M was introduced at the 1994 Paris Auto Show. The car dropped the TR initials and added the M which in Italian stood for modificata, or translated to modified, and was the final version of the Testarossa, and continued its predecessor’s weight distribution improvement of 42% front: 58% rear.

2. Many Celebrity Owners

Ferrari Testarossa

Well-known Testarossa owners included Elton John, Alain Delon, O.J. Simpson, Rod Stewart, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, John Carmack, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, Austrian Formula One racing driver Gerhard Berger, Gary Monsieur, and Don Johnson, the latter of whom was gifted a brand-new silver 1989 Testarossa by Enzo Ferrari himself, who was a fan of Miami Vice.

1. Only One Official Testarossa Spider Exists

Ferrari Testarossa

The Testarossa Spider, serial number 62897, is the sole official convertible variant of the Testarossa commissioned by Ferrari and designed by Pininfarina to be built. The car was specially made for the late Gianni Agnelli, head of Fiat at the time, as a gift. The Testarossa Spider had a silver exterior, a white magnolia leather interior with a dark blue stripe running above the matte black sills, and a white top that could be manually stowed away. The vehicle was delivered to Agnelli in 1986, and had a solid silver metal Ferrari logo on the hood instead of an aluminum one.