2004 saw the launch of the 612 Scaglietti, successor to Ferrari's long standing executive flagship the 456. The new car is bigger and heavier than the 456 but also brings with it a near 100bhp power increase to a substantial 540bhp! Handling is superb for such a large car thanks to it's front-mid engined layout in which 85% of the car's weight lies between the axles. This could well be the layout of the future due to forthcoming crash safety legislation.
The Ferrari is a mighty performer but it loses points to it's rivals in the styling stakes, usually the Italian's strong point. Nor is it helped by the fact that it's natural rivals, the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley Continental GT and Merc CL65 AMG come in around £50,000 cheaper!