This Ferrari Testarossa Restomod Is Lighter And Faster Than The Original

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Blending the new with the old has never looked so good.

We heard a wild rumor back in 2019 that Ferrari would be reinventing the Testarossa and giving it a V12 with 1,000 horsepower. It never materialized. But something far more exciting is on the way, and since we've experienced the thrill of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, we can happily state that Ferrari knows what it's doing. Still, not everyone is a fan of the ultra-modern design of its contemporary offerings, which is why Officine Fioravanti of Switzerland developed a Testarossa with a classic body and thoroughly modernized underpinnings. We first heard of this car undergoing development back in May, and now that phase has reached the point where the Swiss firm is comfortable in showing us the final design of the body.

Pietro Martelletti & Officine Fioravanti/Facebook
Pietro Martelletti & Officine Fioravanti/Facebook
Pietro Martelletti & Officine Fioravanti/Facebook

Back in May, we were led to believe that the restomod would eschew its 4.9-liter V12 for an all-electric powertrain, but more recent reports have shown that the engine will remain, only now it will be producing 510 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, up from 385 hp and 361 lb-ft in the original.

The company has not disclosed how these power gains are made, but we suspect that more details on the modifications will soon be shared. However the performance increase is achieved, the results are remarkable, giving the Testarossa a new top speed of 201 mph, up from the approximate rating of 180 mph in the '80s.

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Pietro Martelletti & Officine Fioravanti/Facebook
Pietro Martelletti & Officine Fioravanti/Facebook
Pietro Martelletti & Officine Fioravanti/Facebook
Pietro Martelletti & Officine Fioravanti/Facebook

To help control that power, Fioravanti has fitted antilock brakes with traction control and Brembo calipers, as well as electronically adjustable Ohlins shocks. Telling this car apart from the original without driving it may seem tricky, but there are some clues, most notably the loss of the standard 16-inch wheels in favor of 17-inch fronts and 18-inch rears. Despite the upgrades, 287 pounds of weight have been shed from the original, but that doesn't mean that the car is sparse inside.

Plastic pieces have been thrown out and replaced with aluminum parts where suitable, and the sound system now boasts a modern interface with Apple CarPlay. The original car phone remains, but it now has Bluetooth. Basically, this car looks just as splendid as the original but with more tech, safety, and performance. We want one.

Officine Fioravant/Facebook
Officine Fioravant/Facebook
Officine Fioravant/Facebook
Officine Fioravant/Facebook
Officine Fioravant/Facebook
Officine Fioravant/Facebook

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