Some felt the new nose, front and rear lights, along with the turbine-style alloys was just a bit of ‘tinsel’ — but this last-ditch effort by Ferrari ensured the Testarossa, now over a decade old, bowed out with a bang.
The final iteration of its famed flat 12-cylinder mid-engine sportscar was called the F512 M with the letter standing for Modificata, which, as you probably guessed is Italian for “modified”. Ferrari updated the design over its predecessor, the 512 TR, by giving it exposed headlights, an oval shaped grille, revised tail lights and skewed five-spoke wheels. It retained the iconic slatted side intakes and gained more power; the 4.9-litre motor was updated with new titanium connecting rods and a redesigned crankshaft to help it produce 440bhp at 6,750rpm and 500Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. It’s top speed remained the same as before at 315kph but thanks to its near 50/50 weight distribution, the F512 M offered far better handling.
Today, it is one of the rarest ‘modern’ Ferraris and what with just 501 units built, low mile examples tend to fetch around Dh1.5 million at auction, which is double what they cost back in 1994.