A S$2.3m coachbuilt Ferrari : The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95
Singapore - Just from looks alone, it’s hard to discern what the car you see above is. Hints of Alfa Romeo, some De Tomaso cues, and a familiar Ferrari stance. But it’s an entirely new and unique proposition altogether.
This is the Touring Superleggera Arese RH95. The name itself is a celebration of the brand’s 95-year history and its home turf on the Via per Arese in Milan, Italy.
Technically, it's a coach-built Ferrari built atop the bones of either a 488 GTB or an F8 Tributo, featuring the same twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8. Power figures are entirely dependent on the donor car, Touring Superleggera doesn’t tweak the chassis or drivetrain components. But the Arese RH95 isn’t made to be a track car or a performance car. What it is, is a coach built work of art that just happens to have wheels and an engine.
Coachbuilding has been rather unheard of in recent years, but clearly, the chaps at Touring Superleggera missed the memo. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing though, it’s a lost art form that we’d gladly see make a comeback. Anyway, back to the car at hand.
Like we mentioned before, the Arese RH95 starts out as a 488 or F8 that’s been stripped of its body and most of its interior trim. Touring then adds a custom-built aluminium and carbon fibre shell atop of the Ferrari monocoque, complete with a dorsal vent in the roof, a clamshell bonnet and rear engine canopy and scissor-hinged doors.
Almost every element of the car can be tailored to an individual owner’s requirements and specifications. Paint samples, leather swathes and even furniture can be sent to Touring Superleggera’s Milan headquarters for near-limitless personalisation.
Obviously, a bespoke coach-built car like this would cost you a pretty penny. And indeed it does. Indicative prices (including a donor car) begin at €1.58 million before options, which translates to about S$2.3 million dollars in Singapore legal tender. Prices may vary if you have a donor car on hand for the chaps at Touring Superleggera to work their magic on. That’s before you factor in taxes and a certificate of entitlement (COE). Spec one out with a RHD donor car intended for road use here in Singapore, and you could be looking at a figure in the ballpark of S$7-8 million. That’s just a rough estimate, so don’t quote us on that.
If you’re the sort of person who would hate to have the same car as your neighbour, fret not. The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 is limited to just 18 examples worldwide. So the chances of that happening are… slim to absolutely none. Not unless your next-door neighbour has a spare couple of million lying around.
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