Nicholas Cooksey enjoys Ferrari’s new ‘top of the range’ model.
I’m always overly cautious when I collect an expensive car for a test drive. It takes me a while to get a feel for the vehicle before I feel comfortable enough to start ‘pushing it’. But I had just spent 36 hours with a Superfast less than a week earlier while overseeing a photoshoot for our sister magazine Bahrain Confidential so as soon as I climbed into the cockpit it felt familiar and comfortable, like meeting up again with an old friend.
This is a front-engined, rear-drive, two-seat super GT. There’s a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Power steering is electric. ORDER E
Driving a Ferrari is making a statement to everyone else on the road that you are not a normal traffic user.
As all things Ferrari, it is a brilliant marvel in automotive engine, and immensely pleasing on the eye. It is big, ridiculously powerful, and crazy expensive.
Driving a Ferrari is making a statement to everyone else on the road that you are not a normal traffic user. On one occasion I looked into the rear view mirror to see the man in a Toyota behind earnestly taking photos of me (er… I mean the Ferrari) with his smartphone.
This Ferrari has a new four-wheel steering system and is currently the most powerful Ferrari in the range. It can go from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.9 seconds. That’s not just superfast but ‘crazyfast’. It offers 789bhp from its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, and has a top speed of 333 kph. It’s really, really fast.
And yet this car feels so light to drive despite it weighing more than 1.6 tons. But it does feel big, as in long and wide.
This car sounds great, but it’s not noisy – especially inside the cabin… well that’s until you put your foot down hard on the accelerator. Then it screams like a Ferrari should!
Siting in the cockpit is like being cocooned in luxury leather interiors, the steering wheel is a functional works of art – come to think of it I cannot think of any other car brand with cooler steering wheels.
The experience of driving this car, the power and all round capabilities, whether it be power, acceleration, braking, steering precision… all surpass anything you could possibly need for normal road driving. But that’s what makes it so awesome.
To arrange your own test drive in Bahrain contact Euro Motors on Tel.+973 17 734 734.