The Ferrari F430 is an exotic sports car, which made its debut at the 2004 Paris Motor Show and production spanned model years 2005 through 2009. The F430 replaced the Ferrari 360 with a significant increase in power. The F430 is a two-door coupe with available with the Berlinetta or Spider body style. One of the most aesthetically pleasing Ferrari models, though not the most powerful, the F430 has a more aerodynamic and curvaceous body style than its predecessor, the 360. Much of the design harkens back to popular models like the Enzo’s tail lights and interior vents, the Testarossa-type driver’s side mirror, and oval openings in the front bumpers similar to Ferrari racing model, the 156 ""Sharknose"" F1 and the 250 TR61 L Mans.
The 2005 Ferrari F430 has a recognizable ""Ferrari"" body and performs incredibly; accelerating from zero to 60 mph in four seconds. The 2005 models are the first of this exclusive vehicle with subsequent model years only differing slightly from the original.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive, six-speed auto-shift manual with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Ferrari F430 Berlinetta coupe, Ferrari F430 Berlinetta F1 coupe, Ferrari F430 Spider convertible, Ferrari F430 Spider F1 convertible
The 2005 Ferrari F430 is all new for this model year and has a couple of world firsts, including an E-Diff electronic differential to optimize traction and a steering-wheel-mounted commuter switch that allows the driver to control the dynamics system.
The 2005 Ferrari F430 is mostly hand-built. Along with the aesthetically beautiful exterior, is a more aerodynamic car that incorporates a flat underbody and large rear diffusers to increase downforce. The F430 achieves aerodynamics to its predecessor, but has increased downforce significantly. The F430 has large air intakes toward the back of each door. The rear window is flat and the V-8 can be seen from the inside. Carbon-ceramic disc brakes are optional.
The body sits low and is most commonly seen in bright red; however, other options are available. It has four rounded taillights in the back, which are higher up than many models. The spoiler is subtle and stylish.
The 2005 Ferrari F430 interior is built primarily with performance in mind. It has a cockpit feel and feels a bit snug for most. Getting in and out can be difficult, but most are more than happy to put up with that inconvenience in order to get a chance to drive it. The F430 has push-button start and paddles are behind the steering wheel, which control the gearbox on the F12 models. Despite the race-inspired interior, it is still filled with high-quality materials and an overall attractive trim and design.
Performance & Handling
All models get an advanced and powerful 4.3-liter V-8, which can produce 490-hp at 8500 rpm and 343 lb-ft of torque at 5250 rpm. Transmissions include a six-speed manual with overdrive or a six-speed sequential manual with overdrive. Ferrari claims a zero-to-60-mph time of four seconds, and the sequential gearbox can cut the shift time down to 150 milliseconds. Handling is incredibly precise and sporty with new innovations to the traction control.
The 2005 Ferrari F430 has anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ferrari F430 F1: 10/15 mpg city/highway
Ferrari F430 Base: 10/16 mpg city/highway
You Won't Like
- Steep price
- High maintenance cost
- Small cargo space
- Difficulty getting in and out
A stylish and incredibly fast edition to the Ferrari lineup.
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