When Ferrari first introduced the successor to the successful 360 model in 2005, it was met with instant praise by the automotive press. The car wasn’t simply a refined 360, it was an entirely new car. More angular, more masculine, more power, more everything. It handled better. The F1 transmission, introduced on the 355 model, finally was mated to an engine that could propel the car forward in a meaningful way, as a Ferrari should. Shifts were faster, power delivered more evenly, the car was just… better. Much better.
To drive a Ferrari is to really live — and if you’re lucky enough to experience this during your lifetime, the F430 would be a fine example of everything Ferrari has to offer. It’s balanced. Surgical. Rounding corners at speed, the F430 speaks to you, offering just the right amount of feedback to hold your attention to keep you headed in the right direction. Braking power is equally amazing, with zero fade, and responsive grip, further enhancing the confidence that this car really is all about driving.
The F430 was the first Ferrari to feature an E-Diff – essentially a computer controlled limited slip active differential which varies the amount of torque based on a plethora of inputs, most notably steering angle (for when things get too hot) and lateral acceleration. As well, the F430 not only saw the introduction of Ferrari’s new engine configuration (a departure after 50+ years of Dino development) which drastically reduced weight and increased power, but also introduced for the first time the Manettino steering wheel mounted control knob, allowing drivers to select from 5 different settings, essentially commanding the vehicle’s Skyhook electronic suspension, transmission response, throttle body, electronic stability control and E-Diff, with varying degrees of electronic intrusiveness.
For you number crunchers out there, here’s the skinny on this weapon:
4.3L (F430 – get it?)
343 ft/lbs Torque at 5250 rpm
Curb Weight: 3350 lbs
8500 rpm redline
0-100 km/h 4.3 seconds
1/4 mile in 12.0 seconds @194 km/hr
Top speed 315 km/hr
Respectable figures for any car today – let alone an 11 year old example like this one. Having traveled only 12,300km, this like-new Ferrari could really be the answer to all your prayers.
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