(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) The Ferrari 400 and Ferrari 412 are front-engined 2+2 coupé cars from Italian manufacturer Ferrari and were available with the 5-speed all synchromesh or an optional 3-speed automatic transmission unit from General Motors. Their design was derived from the almost identical looking 365 GT4 2+2 (which itself was based on the famous Daytona). Production began in 1976, when Ferrari revealed its first car fitted with an automatic transmission - the 400 - at the Paris Motorshow of 1976. With the improved 412 introduced in 1985 it was phased out in 1989. Today, its sleek, Pininfarina-designed lines and relatively limited production numbers may give it potential as a future classic. It has not been universally admired however, and is listed at #18 in the BBC's book of "Crap Cars", sandwiched between the Daihatsu Applause and the Austin Ambassador and Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear described it as "awful in every way". Although the incorporation of an automatic transmission, and U.S. emissions compliance, indicate it may have been designed for the Americans market, no version of the 400 series was ever officially imported to the USA. Despite this, many have been brought to American as gray imports, where the car enjoyed a limited popularity with movie stars, such as Sammy Davis Jr..
The 400 Automatic or 400A used the General Motors Turbo-Hydramatic THM400 automatic transmission, whilst the 400 GT used a 5-speed all synchromesh transmission.
The engine, based on the Daytona's 4,390 cc (4.39 L; 268 cu in), was a 4,823 cc (4.823 L; 294.3 cu in) V12 producing 340 PS (250 kW); front mounted and driving the rear wheels, the traditional GT car layout allowed Ferrari to fit four seats into the stylish coupé. The carburetors on the 400 were replaced with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection for 1979. As in the smaller 308i, power was down substantially, to 310 PS (228 kW), but emissions were much improved.
Bodywork. length/width/height/wheelbase – cm (in) : 481/179/131/270 (189.4/70.5/51.6/106.3); weight : 1830 kg (4039 lb).
Engine. Front-mounted V12 4823 cc (294 ci), 6 twin carburettors, 3-speed automatic transmission, 2 valves per cylinder, rear-wheel drive. Maximum power : 340 bhp @ 6500 rpm; torque : 412 Nm @ 3600 rpm. Top speed : 245 km/h (152 mph). 0-60 mph : 6.5 sec.