by Ferrari Admirer on Jan 20, 2006 Vehicle: 2005 Ferrari F430
The 2006 F430 is a product of art and technology at their finest. It is by far one of the most beautiful automobiles ever made. The drive is sensational and incomparably satisfying. Compared to the Modena 360 I had, its looks are more modern and aggressive. Its interior is exquisitely detailed with soft leather and stitching with its feel and smell that only a Ferrari delivers and better than even an Louis Vuiton handbag. The F1 is much more smooth than a Modena 360. The handling is razor sharp, superior to the 360, a world apart from almost any other vehicle on the market. A true appreciation of a Ferrari can only come from actual ownership and prolonged driving experience.
by ferraristi on Dec 28, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Ferrari F430
This is my third Ferrari I have owned. A Testarossa, Maranello 550 now this beautiful example of styling, performance and unbelievable driving experience. This is such a vast improvement over the 360 which I also tested. It has the ability to transform from an every day drive, to a full race performance all by simply switching the settings on your steering wheel. The performance is a given, but the exhaust sound alone takes you to the track and turns heads in amazement. The handling is superb. Highly recommend. Live your dream!! this is as close as you get to driving an F1.
by ferrariman on Dec 26, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Ferrari F430
The F430 is an amazing car--more so than virtually any other car on the market. Its performance is spectacular. Its shape is more beautiful than any other car in the world. On the road, it commands a presence of mystique and prestige that only a Ferrari delivers. I had a 360 Modena before this model. The F430 is sharper and more modern in appearance. The shifting of F1 is more smooth, and the overall handling is far superior.
by Benny on Dec 17, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Ferrari F430
This is car is one of the most beautiful cars ever created. Its design and workmanship can only be really appreciated after actually owning it. It's the symbol of legendary Italian artistry and passion. Its sound is sexier than any car on the road. The drive is awesome in every aspect. Its handling is unsurpassed. Its fantastic acceleration does not even need to be mentioned. The attention you get from others around you when drive the F430 is something you need to get used to if you don't like attention. After all, a ferrari is not a car: it's a ferrari.
by Tifoso on Aug 20, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Ferrari F430
This 360 makeover is a genuine disappointment to a true Ferrari fan. The engine, while an improvement over the 360 is light years behind the V10 powered Gallardo. The F1 shifter is still jerky at max revs but is also an improvement over the 360. Reliability is a big issue. In one month air conditioning, paint and trim issues were so bad I sold the car.
Debuting last year as a replacement for the outgoing F360, the 2006 Ferrari F430 sees no changes for its second year in production.
There's always been much more to Ferraris than just performance. Styling, presence and exclusivity all play a part in a Ferrari's allure. Since the '70s-era 308 on up, Ferrari's line of midengine V8-powered sports cars has provided the most "affordable" way to access this Ferrari mystique. Some of these cars have been more successful than others. When Ferrari introduced its 360 Modena in 1999, it offered a level of performance that few cars could match, either on paper or when experienced from behind the wheel. But more recent years have ushered in new competition, including the Ford GT and Lamborghini Gallardo.
Ferrari's response is the F430, which effectively addresses the 360's weaknesses while simultaneously enhancing its strengths. The car's basic shape is similar to the 360's but is edgier and takes on many design cues from the Enzo supercar. Thanks to an aluminum space frame draped with aluminum body panels, the F430 weighs in at a relatively svelte 3,200 pounds. The body structure itself is more resistant to bending than before and is said to be more crashworthy. The heart of the F430's improvements, however, lies within (appropriately for a midengine vehicle) its drivetrain. For all to see underneath a clear rear hatch is an all-new 90-degree V8 that uses 11.3:1 compression, five main bearings, a flat-plane crank, a dry oil sump and four valves per cylinder. Displacing 4.3 liters, the F430's V8 makes 483 horsepower and a torque peak of 343 pound-feet. Accompanying the engine update is a newer version of the "F1" sequential-shift manual transmission. It now shifts smoother in everyday driving situations while still allowing super-quick upshifts and perfect rev-matched downshifts at the pull of a paddle.
Given that the F430's price can easily march into the $200,000 range, it's going to be hard for many people to consider this Ferrari as "entry-level." Even for the well-heeled, the F430 might seem like a lot considering that the Ford GT undercuts it by about $40,000. But there is no denying that the Ferrari F430 is an exceptional sports car by every measure. In terms of performance it has but a handful of equals and even fewer superiors. It will never be mistaken for anything else other than a Ferrari and will no doubt bring satisfying ownership to the lucky few able to afford one.
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Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The Ferrari F430 sports car is available as a coupe or as a Spider convertible. Most modern convenience features -- including bi-HID headlights, keyless entry, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control, full power accessories, power seats and MP3-capable audio -- come standard. The F430's standard 19-inch wheels are shod with 225/35ZR19 tires in front and 285/35ZR19 tires in the rear. Being a Ferrari, the F430 can also be customized through a long list of hardware and style-oriented options. Popular selections include Challenge Stradale wheels, race-oriented carbon-ceramic brakes, leather-trimmed racing seats, upgraded audio, carbon-fiber interior trim, a navigation system, fitted luggage and special exterior paint and interior leather upholstery colors.
Powertrains and Performance
The Ferrari F430 derives its power from a midmounted, 4.3-liter V8 engine. It's rated at 483 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 343 lb-ft of torque at 5,250 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels through either a traditional six-speed manual transmission or Ferrari's F1-style system. The F1 is an electrohydraulic transmission controlled by paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. The F430 also has an electronically controlled rear differential -- named "E-diff" -- that helps to improve acceleration and vehicle balance when handling. Throttle pinned, the F430 can hit 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds and top out just shy of 200 mph.
Besides government-mandated equipment, the F430 comes standard with antilock brakes, traction control and stability control. Drivers of the F430 can incrementally adjust the amount of intervention applied by the traction and stability control systems through the manettino control mounted on the steering wheel.
Interior Design and Special Features
Ferrari interior design has come a long way in recent years and the F430's cockpit is relatively comfortable for almost all drivers. The Spider's top is fully automatic and can be lowered in about 20 seconds. The top's rear window is made of plastic, however, which detracts from the car's overall premium status.
The F430 is a true exotic. When one "blasts" up to 50 mph it's almost as heart-stopping and attention-grabbing as a shuttle launch. The V8's 483 horsepower creates a shrieking exhaust wail that could be considered highly offensive -- if it wasn't so impressively melodic. Passing slower traffic, even without their cooperation, is a no-brainer with the ultraresponsive F1 transmission. Through the steering and suspension, the F430 superbly connects the driver to the road. This is one of the top cars available for maximum driving thrills.
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