The Ferrari F430 is a high-performance sports car manufactured by the Italian automaker. The F430 was introduced at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Introduced as a successor to the F360, the F430 model was produced from 2004 to 2009. It was discontinued to make way for its successor, the Ferrari F458 Italia, which was introduced in July 2009.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automated manual
Models: Ferrari F430 coupe, Ferrari F430 coupe F1, Ferrari F430 convertible, Ferrari F430 convertible Spider, Ferrari F430 convertible Spider F1
The Ferrari F430 remained mostly unchanged in 2008. The only change the company announced was the inclusion of standard carbon-ceramic brakes in all models in 2009.
The Ferrari F430 does not have anything unique in its design. However, the car embodies all design characteristics of its predecessor with some refinements such as a more curvaceous and aerodynamic design to enhance downforce. The exterior refinements also include interior vents and Enzo’s taillights on the rear.
The F430 exterior design reflects upon exceptional engineering. Every styling cue seems to highlight the performance and aggression of a true Ferrari car. The nose of the Ferrari F430 is characterized by two typical air intakes that channelize air into radiators to cool the powerful V-12 engine.
Based on a wheelbase of 102.4 inches, the Ferrari F430 coupe model measures 177.6 inches in length, 75.7 inches in width, and 47.8 inches in height. The convertible, which is also based on the same wheelbase, has similar proportions to the coupe model, but stands a bit taller at 48.6 inches.
All Ferrari F430 models sport 19-inch wheels fitted with high-performance tires. The rear tires are bit wider that the front tires. Bi-xenon headlights in all models and a power convertible roof for the convertible models are some of the highlights of the 2008 Ferrari F430.
The interior of the car has a rich feel, thanks to the sumptuous use of leather. Ferrari offers a host of customization options for the Ferrari F430. Buyers can choose an optional carbon-fiber racing seat or ""Daytona"" seats. Although the F430 is not a luxury car, it has several comfort and convenience features such as front floor mats, dual-zone climate controls for both the driver and passengers, and an alloy and leather trim on the center console and doors. It also comes with a leather steering wheel, passenger vanity mirrors, front reading lights, leather trim on the dash, remote trunk release, and a cargo net.
The F430 also offer good storage options to stash items such as storage in the front console and front door pockets. All transmission controls are located on the steering wheel. The standard in-car entertainment equipment in all Ferrari F430 models includes an AM/FM in-dash single CD player, a total of five speakers, and one subwoofer.
Performance & Handling
Powered by a 4.3-liter DOHC V-8 engine generating 483 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque, the Ferrari F430 can go from zero to 62 mph in just four seconds and reach top speeds of around 200 mph. Ultra-communicative speed-proportional power steering and a finely-balanced chassis enable the Ferrari F430 to move smoothly even on serpentine roads. The five driving modes presented in the Ferrari F430 include adjustable suspension settings, traction control, and stability at all thresholds.
The Ferrari F430 is equipped with a bevy of standard safety features and equipment such as four-wheel anti-lock braking system, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, two front headrests, a passenger airbag deactivation switch, self-leveling headlights, front integrated headrests, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, an engine immobilizer, and a remote anti-theft alarm system.
Some buyers may be disappointed with the number of airbags offered in the Ferrari F430. However, the company claims the Ferrari F430 chassis is made of aluminum, and that the design method employed for F430 has resulted in structural stiffness, which offers optimum protection to the driver and passenger in the Ferrari F430.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ferrari F430: 11/16 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Highly-communicative steering
Choice of Roadster and Coupe body styles
- Sublime responsiveness
You Won't Like
- Plastic rear window in the Spider convertible
- Overpriced options
Embodies every characteristic and feature that Ferrari is renowned for.
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