If you’re getting a Ferrari, look at some Ferrari testimonials first. These supercars aren’t just expensive but incredibly exclusive, too. New owners even have to sit through numerous lectures to help them better understand how their Ferraris work from top to bottom. There’s a reason why they’re exclusive: the 70-year old car manufacturer brings several decades’ worth of expertise, and everyone who buys their vehicles reflects their passion as well. On that account, read up on what top drivers and Ferrari fans around the world have to say about driving the most incredible Ferraris on the market.
Ferrari Testimonials | Drivers Zoom In
1. 812 Superfast
It’s also with the 812 Superfast that Ferrari debuted its first electronically-assisted steering system. In the past, Ferrari’s pride was their vehicles’ mechanical-based steering. Sure, you might feel closer to your car without electronics, but boy, things changed a lot. The car handles as well as a soccer mom van, but it’s a Ferrari.
In one of his greatest Ferrari testimonials, here’s what Car and Driver’s Jared Gall has to say about the 812 Superfast:
On one recent Saturday, I jumped out of an airplane. But that wasn’t the most exciting thing that happened that week. Because six days later, I drove the Ferrari 812 Superfast. In Italy, on Ferrari’s private race/test track in Fiorano. It was, in skydiver parlance, epic. The speeds were higher, the g loads greater, and the soundtrack light-years better than just a whole lot of high-speed wind buffeting past my ears.
While its engine is only subtly different from the FF’s, the steering isn’t. The GTC4Lusso adopts an electronic steering system. This system makes the GTC4Lusso more manageable in terms of handling.
Remember when we said it was a four-seater? Yes, it’s odd to see that in a Ferrari, but here it is. The interior is roomy and even better if you spring an extra few thousand to get a panoramic roof. You also have your standard driver’s seat with digital readouts.
However, what’s really cool about the GTC4Lusso is the passenger’s seat console. This allows the passenger to handle navigation, music, and more without having to use the middle display.
Top Gear’s Ferrari testimonials are rarely generous, but they were pretty nice to the GTC4Lusso:
Ferraris can sometimes seem a little brash, but this one not only dodges those connotations, but also manages to lift the rest of the range.
3. 488 Spider
Ferrari fans will know the Spider’s noise anywhere except the 488. You can still hear the purr, yet it’s just that – a purr, not the roar we’re used to – but don’t worry, the engine is still as insane as ever. The 488 Spider boasts a top speed of 326 km/h and a 0-100 km of 3 seconds. Yes, 3 seconds flat.
Ferrari really stepped up their electronics game with the 488 Spider. Two features of note: Sport and Race modes. The Sport mode gives you the feeling of driving a luxury saloon but in a Ferrari. Handling is incredibly smooth, thanks to the computer-assisted steering Ferrari installed. If you’re feeling frisky, just push the Race button and get as close as possible to top speed without breaking a sweat.
Adam Towler from Evo has this to say about the 488 Spider:
One word? Sensational.
This same engine is carried over from the California T. It’s a reliable engine, with good fuel efficiency for its power. It can carry its riders to a mind-numbing 320 km/h and can reach 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.
Impressive numbers for a “reasonable car” we presume. The only problem you can have with the Portofino is it’s not in the classic Ferrari red; rather, it’s got a selection of greys and blacks that kind of deviate from the brand’s longtime aesthetic.
Drive.au’s Toby Hagon has this to say about the Portofino:
“Versatile”, “roomy” and “generous” are not descriptors you typically associate with a new Ferrari. It’s usually about driving passion, top speeds and noise, all the sorts of things that have defined the brand since 1947. But the Portofino is no ordinary Ferrari, hence the change of pace for a company that sells on speed.
5. LaFerrari Aperta
The Aperta houses a V12 engine (it is a Ferrari, after all) capable of putting out 789 BHP. It has a top speed of 344 km/h and a 0 – 100 km/h of… wait for it: 2.9 seconds. Speed can be scary, but not in the Aperta. It handles as well as a luxury saloon, even tight corners going at least 200 km/h. There is no understeer to speak of: the car is, quite possibly, the friendliest Ferrari of all.
Car Magazine’s Ben Miller can sum up the Aperta in these words:
If Ferrari can hang onto nothing else over the next 70 years it can’t let this go: its cars’ unique ability to spontaneously prompt uncomplicated joy and wonder wherever they roam.
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These Ferrari testimonials were taken from real drivers with a lot of clout in the automotive industries. However, words can only paint a picture so well. One thing’s for certain: a Ferrari is not just a car. It’s a thing of beauty, crafted by loving hands in immaculate conditions. Each Ferrari is taken care of as if they were the engineers’ child — with love and care. Owning one is not just a privilege but a commitment. Therefore, we believe you must try driving one for yourself someday.
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