Ferrari TestaRossa Tyres
- The First Testrossa fitted 240/45VR415 Michelin TRX GT & 280/45R415 Michelin TRX tyres on centre lock wheels.
- Sadly, although Michelin do still make a range of TRX tyres they no longer make the 280/45R415 TRX. We suggest instead fitting 16” wheels.
- In 1986 the Testarossa fitted 16” wheels. We recommend fitting 225/50ZR16 Pirelli P-Zero front and 255/50ZR16 Pirelli P-Zero Assimetrcio.
- High speed Testatrossa pressures would be: TRX front 41psi & rear 46psi - 16” wheels front 38psi & rear 41psi.
- The period Ferrari Testarossa tyre pressure recommendation from Pirelli is 37psi front and rear.
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Ferrari Testarossa Tyres Explained
In 1984 Ferrari Testarossa first came with the Michelin TRX tyre as standard equipment in 240/45x415 front and 280/45x415 rear, fitted to single nut “knockoff” wheels. Sadly Michelin no longer manufacture the 280/45x415 TRX and our recommendation would be to change to 16" wheels. The 280/45VR415 Michelin TRX has not been available since 2011.
In 1986, the later evolutions of the Ferrari Testarossa had the same design of “knock off wheels but in 16”; 8” front and 10” rear. Then in 1988 the wheels were changed to the more standard Ferrari 5 bolt set up. They were equipped with the Michelin MXX or Goodyear Gatorback in sizes 225/50ZR16 front and 255/50ZR16 rear. These are not currently manufactured, the good news is however that Michelin do produce these same sizes in the Pilot Sport directional tread pattern 225/50ZR16 Michelin Pilot Sport and 255/50ZR16 Michelin Pilote Sport which are a perfect tyre for the Ferrari Testarossa. Pirelli also make the P-Zero system, which was the period Testarossa tyres made by Pirelli. The 225/50R16 P-Zero Directionale on the front was matched with the 255/50R16 P-Zero Assimetrico on the rear.
Ferrari Testarossa History
The Ferrari Testarossa uses a double-wishbone suspension with coil-over springs at the rear to help with the increase in weight. The body of the car was made up of aluminium with steel doors and roof. The engine was a modified version of the one found in the 512 Berlinetta Boxer, with 4 valves per cylinder, Marelli electronic ignition; K-Jetronic fuel injection and was capable of producing 390 bhp from the 4943cc horizontally mounted 12 cylinder engine, capable of 0 to 60mph in just over 5 seconds and won't stop pulling until it hits an impressive 180mph!
Probably the Ferrari Testarossa's most easily recognisable trait was its sculpted side vents that gave the impression that the car was travelling at 100mph even when it was standing still, necessitated by the twin radiators at the rear. At 6ft 6in wide the Ferrari Testarossa was a large car, to say the least, however, it still managed to be extremely light and agile to drive. The Testarossa's acceleration and road holding were tremendous and more than capable of passing anything else on the road (if the road was wide enough!). Almost 7200 examples of the Ferrari Testarossa had been built when production ended in 1992.
Ferrari TestaRossa Tyres FAQ
A: The first Testarossa came fitted with millimetric wheels fitted with 240/45R415 Michelin TRX on the Front and 280/45R415 Michelin TRX tyres on the rear. Then after 1985, the Testarossa moved onto 16” wheels with 225/50R16 front and 255/50R16 rear Goodyear Gatorback tyres. These tyres are no longer made. Pirelli make the period P-Zero system tyres which were their period option for the Testarossa.
A: Period fitment guides suggest 41psi front and 46psi rear tyre pressures for the pre 1986 Testarossa fitted with Michelin TRX wheels and 38psi front and 41psi rear for Testarossa on 16” wheels.