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Ferrari 430

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Ferrari 430

The Ferrari 430 is the smallest car of the Ferrari range

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
4.3 i V8 24V 483 hp 20.1 l/100km Petrol 4.0 s 315 km/h

Body type Coupe
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 2
Engine position Middle
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 512 mm
Width 1 923 mm
Height 1 214 mm
Wheelbase 2 600 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 450 kg
Weight (max) 1 700 kg
Boot space (min) 250 l
Boot space (max) 250 l
Fuel capacity 95 l


   The Ferrari 430 is produced since 2004. It is available as a Berlinetta coupe or Spider convertible. This car succeeded the Ferrari 360.

   The Ferrari F430 supercar is powered by a 4.3-liter V8 engine, developing 483 hp. This car is offered either with a 6-speed manual or semi-automatic paddle-shift gearbox. It is one of the fastest Ferraris ever made.

   Chassis of the F430 is a modified version of the older F360, however it comes with a Grand Prix electronic traction aids preventing wheel spin. This electronic differential is adjustable, as well as the anti-skid control and suspension firmness. This mighty supercar rides pretty comfortable, while the handling is brilliant.

   The 4.3-liter engine of the Ferrari 430 is hushed at low revs and at motorway speed, but make the most of it and the engine gives an audible reference to the rate of progress. It's noise is part of the Ferrari's appeal. The only minor disappointment is because of some wind rustles around the door mirrors at speed.

   The Ferrari 430 is a hugely desirable supercar and would be a good owner's proposition for those who can afford it. Running and servicing costs won't definitely brake your wallet once you bought it. Unfortunately for those who have enough cash, there is a two-to-three year waiting list on this car. Quality of the Ferraris have improved dramatically during the recent years, especially the mechanical components, which should prove reliable if serviced regularly. However resale value mainly depends on the mileage.

   Interior of the car can be configured up to your own taste. It is worth mentioning that fit and finish of the Ferrari 430 is close to the German sports cars standards. The only minor disappointment is the electric windows switches located on the dash, but not on the doors.

   Driving position is comfortable and has plenty of adjustments. Furthermore all-round visibility is good for a mid-engined supercar.

   The Ferrari 430 is a two seater, there is enough room for passenger and the driver. There is a good shoulder room, even though the seats are mounted away from the doors. The front boot is rather small, but some luggage can be carried inside the cabin.

   The F430 comes with twin front airbags as standard. Side airbags are not fitted because of the extremely strong structure. There is plenty of electronic driving aids to keep you out of trouble.

   Even the base model can be personalized up to the customer specifications. There is plenty of combinations and materials to choose from, including aluminum trim elements, racing seats and so on.

   Production of the Ferrari 430 still continues.


   Advantages: Strong engine, brilliant handling and plenty of electronics to make the car go better.

   Disadvantages: At least two year waiting list on this car.

   Verdict: An improved Ferrari 360 is back under new skin.

   Also consider: Ford GT, Lamborghini Gallardo.


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