2004 Ferrari 360 Modena

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2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Review

As close as Ferrari gets to a standard coupe.

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Overview

Ferrari isn’t known for offering the most affordable or practical cars. The 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena doesn’t fall into that category either. With its incredible good looks and powerful engine and transmission, the 360 Modena makes quite an impression. The important things needed for this car include a large budget and the desire to drive and own one of the most exciting cars in the world.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 3.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Ferrari 360 Modena, Ferrari 360 Modena F1

What's New

Ferrari makes some changes to the 2004 360 Modena. Among a variety of new options, the company offers the model with the 400-hp, 3.6-liter V-8 for the first time. Pininfarina styling starts new for this model year as well. It also marks the first year for manual or semi-automatic transmission choices.

Exterior

While many call the 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena the closest thing Ferrari gets to a normal coupe, it seems like anything but. This low-sitting car looks like a sleek, modern example of exceptional engineering. It features wide-spaced headlights, a low ground base, and rounded headlights. The 360 Modena comes equipped with small grille accents on either side of the front bumper and the Ferrari logo in the front center of the hood. The sides of the car scope away to a deep indentation near the rear fender. The roof slicks back from the windshield and hood. Color choices are important for a Ferrari. This model offers several options.

Interior

If drivers appreciate one thing about the 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena, it’s the exotic look of the exterior. Naturally, it needs a cabin that fits with the elegance and sophistication of the body design. The cabin comes equipped with bucket-style, leather front seats and height-adjustable driver and passenger seats. Both seats also offer adjustable lumbar support. Power door locks and windows come standard as well. Storage appears in the front center console as well as the front door pockets. Ferrari adds some luxury with the alloy trim on the center console. This trim also enhances the dash. Leather makes an appearance somewhere other than the seats too. The leather steering wheel and the trim on the doors and dash all prove very important to the overall look and feel of the cabin. For convenience, the transmission controls sit on the steering wheel. While driving, you can enjoy the six-speaker audio system with a single CD player and stereo.

Performance & Handling

While called lower-end by the company that produces it, the 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena is anything but. This car once displayed its engine under a glass hood for the world to see. It certainly doesn’t sound low-end. However, the powertrain offered by this coupe proves strong and powerful, and it takes you anywhere you want to go quickly. The engine moves the 360 Modena from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds. It moves around tight corners and twists with little difficulty. Saying the 360 Modena is fun to drive would be an understatement.

Safety

With such a powerful car, drivers need safety features up to the job. The 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Stability and traction control come standard on this model as well and help to keep the car stable around tight corners and twists. The headrests in the front of the cabin come integrated into the seats. Electronic brake force distribution adds to the safety equipment as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ferrari 360 Modena 3.6-liter V-8: 10/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sharp handling
  • Impressive performance
  • Exciting good looks
  • Prestige and heritage

You Won't Like

  • High price
  • Limited cargo space
  • Hard to get into and out of
  • Maintenance can get expensive

Sum Up

As close as Ferrari gets to a standard coupe.

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