Since we deal in the world of Italian exotic cars, we get asked a lot of questions. Often times our fans will get very technical, going as deep as engine tuning or construction methods. But other times we are stumped by a seemingly easy question.This week we had to do some homework to answer “What is the fastest Ferrari”. The short answer is “all of them” but fast can be defined in a few ways. The most commonly used acceleration measurement is 0-60. To be able to reach highway speed under 5 seconds used to be incredible, but now Maranello makes 3 seconds times look easy. Although mainly used to compare cars in the US, the quarter-mile times are a great way to understand a car’s abilities. Some of the fastest Ferrari cars are geared for high-speed cruising, so they really start moving on the top end of the racetrack. Finally, the top speed of each car is used for bragging rights, but how do they compare to each other? Here are the most popular street-legal … [Read more...] about What Is The Fastest Ferrari?
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Not all convertibles are created equal, which is why research and test drive are an important part of the purchasing process. If you have been considering a drop-top Ferrari, you might be overwhelmed at the wide variety of Ferraris for sale. Each one has a nature of its own, especially with the top down. An absolute bargain can be had in the 360 Spider, but it has timing belts that are expensive to maintain. The 458 Spider is the last V8-powered convertible, at least for the next few years. So dealers and collectors are charging a premium for the limited production model.F430 Spider is worthy of your consideration. As the successor to the 360, they share many interior and exterior parts, saving the real advancements for the driving experience. When Ferrari began work on a replacement for the F355, the fabricated steel space frame was being eclipsed by newer technologies. Turning to the metal masters at Alcoa, the 360 chassis was formed of high strength aluminum. Ferrari F430 Ultimate … [Read more...] about Tour De France Blue 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider For Sale
One of the best bargains in the world of Italian cars is Ferrari’s F430. As the predecessor of the 458 Italia and successor to the 360 Modena, F430 has a few unique traits that you might not be aware of.Ultimate Buyers Guide to the Ferrari F430 New Power: The 4.3L V8 was a clean sheet design, leaving behind the legacy and compromises of a 40 year old design. Sharing is Caring: F430 shares many major chassis and body components with the 360. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it American Influences: Designed by American Frank Stephenson at Pininfarina, the chassis was built for Ferrari by Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America) Low Profile: Factory 19″ wheels riding on very short sidewalls left little room for improvement by the aftermarket. Chained for your protection: F430 uses reliable and strong timing chains instead of failure prone belts. The days of engine out services are over F1 Transmission: For the first time, the automatic F1 transmission outsold the … [Read more...] about Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Ferrari F430
Ferrari in the early 1990s was a badly listing vessel. By 1993, production had dropped 50 percent over two years, the F40 was no longer the fastest car on the planet, and the 348 was an also-ran in magazine comparison tests. As England’s CAR summed up in 1994, “When someone else makes the most coveted sports car in the world, you feel an injustice ... ” Luckily, Maranello had the will, the talent, and the means to right its ship. First, in late 1992, came the stupendous 456 GT. The follow-up was better.Ferrari Image GalleryThe 1995 Ferrari F355 Spider and 1997 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta. Ferrari pictures.The Ferrari F355 was a modern classic, so beautiful, so well-engineered, so well-received, that it marked the beginning of the end of the old-guard Ferraristi philosophy that the only “real” Ferraris were ones with 12-cylinder engines. The Ferrari F355 in closed Berlinetta and targa GTS form burst onto the scene in spring 1994. It shared most every dimension … [Read more...] about Ferrari F355
If there were lingering doubts after the sensational F355 that an 8-cylinder car could be a real Ferrari, those doubts were obliterated by the Ferrari 360 Modena. Seen first at the 1999 Geneva Auto Show, the Ferrari 360 Modena was named for its 3.6-liter engine and for the spiritual home of Ferrari. It had some large shoes to fill. The F355 had been among the world’s most beautiful and exciting pure sports cars. And it had become Ferrari’s second-best-seller ever, with more than 11,000 produced. Dimensionally, the Ferrari Modena was larger than the 355 in every way. A wheelbase stretched to 102.3 inches (2600mm) from 96.4 (2450) was the biggest difference, and resulted in a new cabin that was quite commodious for a midengine car. But even with its larger size, the Modena was some 80 pounds lighter than the 355. The Ferrari 360 had a lighter-weight aluminum monocoque/tubular chassis that increased bending stiffness and torsional rigidity more than 40 percent compared to the … [Read more...] about Ferrari 360 and F430