Ferrari introduced a stunning new mid-engine car at the 1971 Turin Motor Show to compete head-on with the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora supercars. Developed from the ground up, the new model featured a low, wide, sensuous Pininfarina design and a hand-built body by Scaglietti. Reminiscent of Ferrari’s formula 1 cars, it was powered by a mid-mounted 'boxer' 12-cylinder engine. The new model, named 365 GTB/BB, was finally released as a production car in 1973 and was marketed as the fastest road car ever offered by Ferrari. The car was relentlessly refined, and an improved version was released in 1976 as the 512 BB, with an enlarged engine and significantly more torque. In 1981, Ferrari introduced the 512 BBi at the Paris Auto Salon, with the 'i' reflecting the installation of fuel injection. The 512 BBi was capable of remarkable performance, with 0 to 60mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of approximately 175mph. Production ran from 1981 to 1984 with just 1,007 cars produced.
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