News

V8 -> V12: Speciale -> TDF

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by plastique999, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Nov 9, 2008
    6,046
    SoCal
    Full Name:
    Edward
    Some will say I’m crazy. The Speciale is the perfect dichotomy of the crescendo of power to the nimble weight. The engine sings while the chassis stirs the fingertips with an agile dance. So why did I make the jump from Speciale to TDF? Well, they say Enzo’s dynasty began with 12 glorious cylinders. So I had to try it.
    Image Unavailable, Please Login
    Image Unavailable, Please Login

    My first real drive....well, no better place to take it to then, GMR.
    GMR is a tight canyon course with many off camber turns and sharp technical hairpins.
    Steering is 1:1 perfect, as you go faster the car feels more planted. The wider front tires and RWS absolutely shrinks down the car to feel short and lithe, and yet it is sure-footed with confidence.
    Pushing 7-8/10, with occasional signals of TC lighting up or turn signals flashing on hard breaking, the car sets into a rhythm. With each degree turn of the steering wheel, the car points exactly in that direction. For a larger car, it is “as nimble” as a V8, as if the faster you go, the car shrinks around you. Not pushing the car except for around a roundabout, the car becomes more planted as one accelerates through the turn with more power, magical. It sticks.
    Switch manettino to “sport” and everything relaxes - suspension, steering, gearshifts, sound - GT comfort... drastic taming, if you wish.

    Image Unavailable, Please Login

    Silky, smooth and symphonic... you enter a state of nirvana, where you are dancing with the car, and all the steps are in synchrony. All this, while it sings to you. The sound, oh the sound, 4 more cylinders adds 4 more musical instruments to the crescendo of glorious symphony. At 9000 RPM, it reverberates and shrieks through your soul. The scream of the NA V12 is reminiscent of an F1 through the tunnels of Monaco. The V12 makes the V8 sound a bit, well, tame...? Just. Pure. Symphony.

    Image Unavailable, Please Login

    The power is a linear rush that seems to be endless. On the street, there does not seem to be enough road to extract and unwind the full power. It is a torrential rush that is scary fast. Gearshifts are visceral and raw which enhances the brutality of the car, almost the perfect blend between the Speciale and Scud gearshifts, who wants smooth? This is one of the few cars that feels scary when pressing the pedal to the metal, wheel spin like crazy and you have a bucking stallion. The term “feather the throttle” must be heeded. Because of the massive torque and power, inputs have to be smooth and finessed, a gentle winding and unwinding of the accelerator to harmonize with the inputs of steering.

    Image Unavailable, Please Login

    As you step out of the car titillating... you turn your neck to look at the long seductive body with sexy muscular haunches. The waterfall curves that pay homage to the 250 GT “TDF” drop into sleek vents and aerodynamic inflections, just flutters the heart.

    Image Unavailable, Please Login
    Image Unavailable, Please Login

    Do I miss my Speciale?... a little, but the TDF is like a Speciale on steroids. It does exactly what you tell it to do. It sticks and rarely feels unsettled. It is the perfect dichotomy of analogue with electrical engineering. Simply an Incredible machine. It is Intoxicating, addicting, mind-blowing.... and leaves you thirsting for more.

    Image Unavailable, Please Login
    Image Unavailable, Please Login


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Elsi, NürScud, VAF84 and 28 others like this.
  2. To remove this ad click here.

  3. Petrolhead#32

    Petrolhead#32 Karting

    Sep 23, 2020
    155
    Los Gatos
    Full Name:
    Petrolhead#32
    Wow... I have no words. Pure pleasure reading and looking at those pictures. Amazing writing.
     
    GT2goneF likes this.
  4. italiafan

    italiafan F1 World Champ

    Jul 19, 2006
    10,801
    FL and NC
    Full Name:
    Stickbones Swagglesmith
    Love it!
    Did you intentionally frame the picture of the Speciale with the word “stop?”
    (...and the tdf with Thai massage...)

    You’re an arteeest! :)
     
  5. Bas

    Bas Three Time F1 World Champ

    Mar 24, 2008
    31,501
    South Pacific
    Full Name:
    Bas
    Fantastic....do love the F12 TDF. Must've been a difficult decision to let the Speciale go but I suppose with them being more easily available and the TDF having settled somewhat in price, if you didn't like the TDF too much it's fairly easy to swap back!

    Love the write up, the car sounds insane. Very positive write up and I think it may well be a keeper for you.

    All white theme is fantastic!
     
    plastique999 likes this.
  6. Thecadster

    Thecadster F1 Rookie
    Rossa Subscribed

    Apr 27, 2017
    4,184
    Tremendous spec and tremendous write up. Congrats and bravo.
     
    plastique999 likes this.
  7. To remove this ad click here.

  8. Scudmsl

    Scudmsl Formula Junior
    Silver Subscribed

    Aug 12, 2014
    570
    USA
    Congratulations and thanks for the detailed write up. It read like the opener to a great book!
     
    plastique999 likes this.
  9. racerdj

    racerdj F1 Veteran
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Jan 19, 2003
    6,846
    Indianapolis
    Full Name:
    DJS
    Great writeup! I enjoyed reading and dreaming!
     
    plastique999 likes this.
  10. uhn2000

    uhn2000 Formula 3

    Oct 15, 2011
    2,014
    Toronto
    Full Name:
    Joe
    Amazing write up, all you need now is a Speciale Aperta and I think at that point you might arguable have the best 2 to come out of Maranello up to this point. Thanks for sharing! Yes TDF is king of kings for me! Love mine!
     
    Caeruleus11 and plastique999 like this.
  11. 3POINT8

    3POINT8 F1 Rookie

    Jan 23, 2014
    2,591
    so did you like it?
     
  12. To remove this ad click here.

  13. Avia11

    Avia11 Formula Junior
    Silver Subscribed

    Jan 21, 2017
    736
    San Diego, CA
    Awesome spec, absolutely beautiful! Congratulations, and enjoy in excellent health!
     
    plastique999 likes this.
  14. buddyg

    buddyg F1 Rookie
    Rossa Subscribed Silver Subscribed

    Sep 20, 2004
    3,543
    West Michigan
    Full Name:
    Buddy
    Love the TDF! Wish I could afford one!
     
    plastique999 and GT2goneF like this.
  15. Eilig

    Eilig F1 Rookie
    Rossa Subscribed

    Aug 31, 2001
    2,765
    Full Name:
    Cavallo
    Bravissimo! Great summary and couldn't agree more.
     
  16. Shack

    Shack Formula 3
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    May 2, 2005
    2,194
    Earth
    Congrats - I have started a similar journey
     
    plastique999 and GT2goneF like this.
  17. GT2goneF

    GT2goneF F1 Rookie

    May 28, 2020
    2,576
    Southern California
    Oh man... You have just made my day! You know me and Bianco Italia, then the Tricolore and to finish it off an F12 TDF! Please don't make the same mistake with the CGT!!!! I hope to see that in person one day. Love the interior as well! Great write up, but quite honestly, I forgot what you had written and just remember all the images. That paint!!!! The details of the car. That is a work of art!
     
    plastique999 likes this.
  18. GT2goneF

    GT2goneF F1 Rookie

    May 28, 2020
    2,576
    Southern California
    Oh Come on buddyg! We both know you can. Just have to rearrange some things.
     
    plastique999 likes this.
  19. Condor Man

    Condor Man F1 Rookie

    Sep 8, 2006
    2,838
    Los Angeles
    Thanks Mate,

    I really enjoyed that read!

    You know I have been waiting for your thoughts!!!

    I also look forward to going for a drive with you very soon.


    May the Horse be with you
     
    plastique999 and GT2goneF like this.
  20. buddyg

    buddyg F1 Rookie
    Rossa Subscribed Silver Subscribed

    Sep 20, 2004
    3,543
    West Michigan
    Full Name:
    Buddy
    As long as my wife doesn’t mind living in the TDF yes I can swing it! :p
     
    of2worlds, GT2goneF and plastique999 like this.
  21. ttforcefed

    ttforcefed F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed

    Aug 22, 2002
    15,746
    wish we had roads around here like that! well done!
     
    Caeruleus11 and plastique999 like this.
  22. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Nov 9, 2008
    6,046
    SoCal
    Full Name:
    Edward
    Too funny !


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  23. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Nov 9, 2008
    6,046
    SoCal
    Full Name:
    Edward
    Many many thanks
    Do love white!
    Would love a white F40 and white CGT!
    Even our minivan is white :)
    Image Unavailable, Please Login
    Image Unavailable, Please Login
    Image Unavailable, Please Login


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  24. italiafan

    italiafan F1 World Champ

    Jul 19, 2006
    10,801
    FL and NC
    Full Name:
    Stickbones Swagglesmith
    I also note you have a 16M license plate surround on that Speciale...are you telegraphing your 16M love? :D
     
    GT2goneF and plastique999 like this.
  25. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Nov 9, 2008
    6,046
    SoCal
    Full Name:
    Edward
    Brother, we are two peas in a pod!
    Let me know when you find your SA


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  26. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Nov 9, 2008
    6,046
    SoCal
    Full Name:
    Edward
    So the running joke... at the time, I ordered CF plates for my CGT, Speciale and 16M. I mixed up the different plates on the different cars. When I sold my CGT, I think it had the Speciale plate, 16M got the Speciale plate and Speciale said CGT.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    italiafan likes this.
  27. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Nov 9, 2008
    6,046
    SoCal
    Full Name:
    Edward
    Can’t wait for you to join the club!
    Are coming to the Enzo cruise on the 28th?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  28. willcrook

    willcrook Formula 3

    Feb 3, 2009
    1,289
    UK
    great spec, i'm actually not a fan of the tdf but that is the nicest one I've ever seen
     
    plastique999 likes this.

Share This Page