Think Ferrari, think excitement. Even the more, shall we say, prosaic models still have the ability to stir the soul.
But for some, bonkers fast is simply not enough. For some, Pininfarina's sculpted lines are merely the starting point for a fantastical creation hewn from a point where unlimited imagination meets deep wallets. Few companies combined all these elements with quite such aplomb as Koenig.
If the Eighties were the decade of excess then Koenig's creations were a step beyond. Everything from Mercedes-Benz R107 SLs to Jaguar XJSs got the Koenig touch, but even among this company, one creation ruled them all – the Ferrari Testarossa Koenig Competition Evolution II.
It's not as if the original car was lacking in pace or visual drama; after all in standard form the Testarossa chucked out a more-than-healthy 390bhp. But for the first owner of the car pictured, which is up for grabs with Silverstone Auctions at its 20th May sale, that was nowhere near enough.
It took him just a year to decide to take his then-new Testarossa to Koenig, and he clearly didn't mess about with the options list. This wasn't a simple case of rims and a fruitier exhaust. The mammoth flat-12 chucks out a whopping 800-900bhp. According to contemporary reports, that's good for around 230mph at the far reaches of the speedometer and 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds.
It looks the part too, thanks to a simply enormous bodykit and wheel so large you could rent each one out as affordable living space in London. It really is an assault on all the senses.
The key one for many will be the looks. It's not exactly a car for shrinking violets, is it? The second owner even added the 512M headlights for extra viciousness. But unlike so many hyper-bodykitted cars, this has the bite to match the enormous bark.
But what's it like to drive? Well, with just 21 said to have been built and many lurking in underground lairs across the world, probably never touching tarmac, very few have sampled one. However, we've got an exclusive drive in this very car on the way soon. Will we survive? Find out more in a future edition of Modern Classics.
If you can't wait that long then check out Silverstone Auctions' listing for the car here.
The estimate is £115k to £130k, and while that's clearly not pocket money, it's a hell of a lot of performance for the money, seeing as that'll barely get you into a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale these days. That's got a puny 400bhp. It's a bit of a bargain, when you compare it to a LaFerrari – you're looking at millions for one of those.
Yes, the traditionalists will hate it and you'd have to be pretty assured of your own mortality when giving it some exercise, but rarely can you get bigger or ballsier than this. We love it.