The Ferrari 512 TR is an evolution of the coveted and praised Ferrari Testarossa, which truly emerged as a film star due to its leading role in the TV series Miami Vice. Despite numerous other acquired accolades, the goose that laid the golden eggs was clearly not plucked; on the contrary, the audience demanded for an encore, and in 1991, it was granted, when the Testarossa was succeeded by the 512 TR.
While its predecessor, the Testarossa, seemed to flirt with the boundaries of perfection, the 512 TR took it a step further. The powertrain remained almost identical to the previous one, which also reveals the traditional Ferrari model name: 'TR' standing for Testa Rossa, referring to the iconic red cylinder head; '5' signifies the five-litre engine displacement; '12' represents the twelve horizontally mounted cylinders in a flat, boxer arrangement located in the middle of the vehicle, just like in the Testarossa. However, thanks to a higher compression ratio, the 512 TR managed to produce almost forty more horsepower, resulting in higher torque at higher RPMs. The manual gearbox, which guarantees a rush of happiness-inducing hormones upon operation, is mounted lower and has been overall improved. The gearbox was, in fact, sometimes a sensitive point with the Testarossa. It's clear that Ferrari aims to elevate even the best to a higher level; ‘the sky is the limit’.
The 512 TR is the ideal Testarossa, boasting a design that is somewhat more modern than the Testarossa's, exuding a '90s vibe. The prancing horse emblem now adorns the rear center, the pop-up headlights are retained, the front bumper is painted to modern standards, and they move away from the extensive use of plastic that was seen before. The wheels also undergo a rework, and inside, the focus is on making the sporty seats more ergonomic.
The Ferrari 512 TR was produced until 1994, marking a bold step toward a modern era for Ferrari. After 2261 units were manufactured, the 512M was revealed, which in turn brought more modern innovations. The ranks of Ferrari classics are now rightfully joined by the 512 TR, and its value is firmly on the rise.