Decades ago, I owned an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which I thought was the ultimate Italian driving machine. Then one day I saw its sister, the Alfa Montreal. It was sleeker, sexier. The object of my passion shifted. I wanted that Montreal. That’s how I felt when I saw the first Ferretti 650 HT (hardtop) to reach North America’s shores. She took my thoughts to the old country. I’ve loved the Ferretti 620 from the day she was introduced five years ago, but one look at the 650 HT was, like that new Alfa, breathtaking. I’m still catching my breath.
The Go Behind the Show
The power for this particular 650 made us do a double take: Cat C18s of 1,150 horsepower each (upgraded from standard 1,015-horsepower C18s). These are departures from the usual MANs found on Ferrettis and mark a sea change for future Ferrettis — all 650s will be arriving with Cats. Don’t worry if you’re accustomed to MANs, because finding parts and service for Cats is rarely an issue. Marine mechanics are well-versed on them. At 80 percent load and 2,000 rpm, we were knocking off the miles at 25 knots (top speed was 30 knots). Owners will be able to eat up a lot of distance while still giving the engines a long life.