Product Type: Ferrari cars
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Ferrari Enzo Ferrari review
Member Name: Orichalon
Advantages: Great engine, good handling, great looks
Disadvantages: Price, F1 gearbox a bit slow
The Ferrari Enzo Ferrari to give it its full, and much deserved name, is named after the legendary founder of Ferrari: Enzo Ferrari. In order to be given a name like that, it better be pretty good...
Let's start with the looks, as that's what is really striking about this car. Personally, I think that this is one of the most beautiful and inspired designs of the 21st Century, but many people disagree. However, everyone agrees that it does look like a spaceship and very futuristic! My only complaint is that from the back it looks very similar to an F430 (the entry level Ferrari).
Pull a sort of latch like thing in a slot to the rear of the door, and, with a bit of effort required by you for the first half of the opening before the gas struts take over, the door swings gracefully open. Now, the outside of this car is incredible - futuristic and just simply beautiful, but the inside is not so. It's very bare, with just the basic controls needed. There are no carpets, bare seats and swathes of carbon fibre everywhere. There are even no electric windows!
Start the car up, via a button in the centre console, and the 620 bhp V12 just purrs into life - it really does have a great engine this car. Pull on teh right hand paddle (this car has an F1-style gear box with paddleshifts), and you can ease the car forward. I immediately turned the traction control fully off and floored the beast (just to see what would happen, of course), and the rear tyres lit up. 620 bhp is not to be messed with.
In normal driving, it's quite easy to drive. Yes, it's quite big, you can't see too much out of the back, it has a very long nose, it can't get over speedbumps unless you press the button to lift up the nose, and everyone in the vicinity stops and takes pictures of you, but it's not too intimidating. You can leave it in automatic mode and just cruise around - I went for a 100 mile motorway cruise and was perfectly happy. Obviously, it's not as refined as a Rolls Royce Phantom (I'll be writing a review for that soon!), but it's perfectly acceptable.
However, where this car really shines is out on the track. It's quick this thing - 0-60 takes around 3.5 seconds, and it'll easily crack 200mph. Traction control off, going round a sweeping corner, it's easy to coax the car into a slide and just hold it there. I think by the end of the day the rear tyres were ruined, but it was worth it - this car handles really well. However, it does have a nasty side. There's a sweet spot at about 80-110% of it's performance levels where it's easy to control, but exceed the 110% and the car quickly snaps into a spin (much faster than I would expect it to) without too much warning.
Overall, what to make of the Enzo? Well, it's not a cheap car (on the 2nd hand market it currently costs around £500-600,000), and it's not a frugal car (I don't think I ever really got above 10mpg, although I was thrashing it a fair bit), but really you've just got to love it. It's so bonkers and crazy. Ferrari, welcome back into the world of proper hypercars.
Summary: Ferrari have done it again.