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1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta Review
A race car for the road.
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The 1995 Ferrari F355 sees three different models released - the Berlinetta, the GTS and the Spider. The Berlinetta is considered the finest model of the F355 series. It represents a jump up from the previous F348 series as Ferrari increases the engine size and redesigns the body to adhere more closely to actual race criteria. The Berlinetta is not viewed in the same class as the GTS or Spider as neither of those designs are considered to be ?race-worthy,? even though they share the same engine. It is the Berlinetta that was upgraded mid-production to add features to its handling that make it a true experience to drive.
Engines: 3.5-liter eight-cylinder, five valves per cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed or F1
Models: Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
The 1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta has a larger bore and valve-to-cylinder ratio than its predecessor, the F348.
The 1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta is a two-door unibody coupe. The body design is sleek and very low to the ground. There are distinctive and unusual curves and foils molded into the body to enhance its aerodynamic performance. All exterior trim and safety accessories, such as bumpers, are the same color as the body. The exterior of the car features driving lights and tinted windows.
The Berlinetta’s interior features leather seats, a dash cigar lighter, and an eight-speaker surround sound stereo layout. Dash accessories include ashtrays, cup holders, and climate controls. All controls and gauges have individual lights to go along with courtesy and reading lights. There are two race styled seats and all access to the fuel doors and trunk can be controlled from the cockpit.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta is designed for speed and handling and nothing has been sacrificed. It has a top speed of 189 mph and can accelerate from zero to 60 in just 4.2 seconds. The average test trial time for the road standard version of the F355 Berlinetta in the quarter mile is 12.8 seconds at a top speed of 110.6 mph. It has agile and responsive handling due to the combination of a wishbone suspension, rear-wheel drive, and an aerodynamic body.
The 1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta is a solid top coupe. In the middle of production, Ferrari decided to replace the standard six-speed transmission with a new F1 transmission. The F1 model Berlinettas are quick shifting. It is the F1 combined with the unique F355 engine that make the Berlinetta the choice for Ferrari enthusiasts and for those looking for a solid and economical way to enter the racing circuit. The F355 keeps the longitudinal orientation of the engine but increases the bore size from the prior model, the F348. The Berlinetta is not a luxury car in the standard sense. It is a performance car and every inch of its features reflects this.
The F355 Berlinetta has an antilock braking system (ABS) as a standard feature and three point harness safety belts for the driver and passenger. The roof is a reinforced single shell design and there are both driver and passenger airbags installed.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Race car performance
- Exotic styling
- Luxurious interior
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- High price tag
- High maintenance costs
A race car for the road.
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