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Ferrari 456M GT - 1998

Overview

456M GT

1998

The 456M, in its GT and automatic gearbox GTA guises, is the evolution of Ferrari’s highly successful interpretation of its traditional 2+2 models. First introduced in 1992, the 456 GT was the marque’s first car designed with the 21st century in mind and has been much appreciated by Maranello’s clients for the way it provides saloon-class comfort and roominess combined with class-leading performance.

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A true four-seater coupé, the 456 GT was also the first modern Ferrari to revert to a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout, with the gearbox in unit with the rear differential for ideal weight distribution as well as plenty of space for passengers and luggage.

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Ferrari 456M GT - 1998
Ferrari 456M GT - 1998

The Body

The GT version of the 456M complete with six-speed plus reverse manual gearbox was an evolution of a model that proved particularly popular with owners that wanted an authentic Ferrari that was still capable of seating four and very versatile to boot.

Continuing the marque tradition in the 2+2 sector, the Pininfarina-designed 456M GT combines the blistering performance of a 5.474 cc V12 with the comfort and liveability of grand tourer. A front-mounted engine and rear-mounted gearbox was the most rational choice to achieve more cabin space and benchmark driveability and safety.

Particular attention was lavished on the car’s aerodynamics yielding a clear front design and involving the adoption a retractable wing integrated into the rear bumper. Front axle life was optimised by the specific shape front bumper spoiler and bonnet as well as work done on the rear diffuser.

The Chassis

The 456 M GT had a tubular steel chassis to which light aluminium panels were spot-welded using a specially-treated foil known as Feran. This meant that the chassis had both the lightness of aluminium and the stiffness of steel. To keep weight down, the front bonnet was carbon-fibre.

The four-seater cabin was trimmed in Connolly leather. The seats were electronically adjustable with position memory. The instruments were analogue with multiple gauges. The 456 M GT also sported a fully automatic climate control system with solar radiation sensor, and stereo system.

Ferrari 456M GT - 1998
Ferrari 456M GT - 1998

The Engine

The tubular steel spaceframe chassis was linked to four-wheel independent suspension with stabiliser arms and double wishbones with antidive geometry. The electronically-controlled gas dampers had two settings. The Servotronic power-assisted was rack and pinion while the brakes had four ventilated discs with ABS and an electronic rear brake corrector. The car also featured an evolved ASR traction control system linked to the antiskid system which greatly improved safety even in the trickiest of conditions.

The 442 hp 5474 cc front 65° V12 was longitudinally mounted. It had four valves per cylinder with twin overhead cam distribution. The engine management system was the Bosch M5.2. There was also dry single-plate clutch and dry sump lubrication.

The 456M GT had a six-speed plus reverse mechanical gearbox.

Careful selection of the best shots of the GT 456M in high definition. The photo gallery shows the distinctive features of this model Ferrari in 1998, focusing on the details and the most important parts.

Careful selection of the best shots of the GT 456M in high definition. The photo gallery shows the distinctive features of this model Ferrari in 1998, focusing on the details and the most important parts.

Specifications

V12  Engine

Type front, longitudinal 65° V12
Bore/stroke 88 x 75 mm
Unitary displacement 456.16 cc
Total displacement 5473.91 cc
Compression ratio 10.6 : 1
Maximum power 325 kW (442 hp) at 6250 rpm
Power per litre 81 hp/l
Maximum torque 550 Nm (56 kgm) at 4500 rpm
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Bosch Motronic M5.2 injection
Ignition Bosch Motronic M5.2 electronic static, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch single-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension self-levelling, independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes discs
Transmission 6-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 110 litres
Front tyres 255/45 ZR 17
Rear tyres 285/40 ZR 17
Type 2+2 coupé
Length 4763 mm
Width 1920 mm
Height 1300 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Front track 1585 mm
Rear track 1606 mm
Weight 1690 kg (dry)
Top speed over 300 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5.2 sec
0-400 m 13.3 sec
0-1000 m 23.3 sec
Urban test cycle ECE (Version "Euro 2") 34,4 l/100 km
Extra urban test cycle EUDC (Version "Euro 2") 14,8 l/100 km
Consumption ECE+EUDC (Version "Euro 2") 22,0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined (Version "Euro 2") 495 g/km
Urban test cycle ECE (Version "Euro 3") 35,1 l/100 km
Extra urban test cycle EUDC (Version "Euro 3") 13,8 l/100 km
Consumption ECE+EUDC (Version "Euro 3") 21,6 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined (Version "Euro 3") 495 g/km