The Ferrari F430 is an unusual, middle-ground car, being neither the most expensive model nor the flashiest, but it does hold the honor of being one of the best Ferrari models available. Although the convertible Ferrari California’s introduction does threaten the F430’s spot as the top model in the Ferrari line, the F430 is a slightly sportier model that really tears up the road.
Body Styles: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: F430, F430 F1, F430 Spider F1, F430Spider
The Ferrari F430 doesn’t receive any changes in the 2009 model year.
The 2009 Ferrari F430’s exterior is extremely stylish, with smooth contours and an aerodynamic nose. The exterior is available in 26 different colors.
Standard features on both models include 19-inch wheels with high performance tires, carbon-ceramic brakes, bi-xenon headlamps, and auto-dimming mirrors for extra safety during night driving.
The 2009 Ferrari F430 has lots of customization items. Carbon fiber components are available, but at a hefty price. Also available are run flat tires and parking sensors for the front and back of the vehicle.
Another coupe option called the Ferrari F430 Challenge is available for those drivers looking for a bit of a racecar. The Challenge is 220 pounds lighter due to extensive carbon fiber use in the interior and exterior, as well as a Lexan windshield that is lighter than traditional glass. Other performance features include a firmer suspension, lower ride height, center locking wheels, and a redesigned rear fascia. The Challenge model runs an extra $50,000.
The convertible top does have its drawbacks. Although the top retracts easily, and in less than 20 seconds, the rear window is made out of an ugly plastic that really drops the vehicle's quality level.
The 2009 Ferrari F430 interior is surprisingly lush, especially considering the long history of cold interior modeling shown by Ferrari over the years. Everything is practically covered in leather.
The seats are securely attached, making the interior a little stiff in comparison to cruising vehicles. The seats make the cockpit firm when burning around turns. Carbon fiber seats are available for those who want the lightest car possible, and Daytona seats are also available with perforated leather for those who really want to recreate the racecar experience.
Performance & Handling
A mid-mounted, 4.3-liter, V-8 engine that produces an amazing 483 horsepower with 343 lb-ft of torque powers the 2009 Ferrari F430. The six-speed manual transmission has a gated shifter that controls the rear wheels. An available F1 transmission allows the driver to switch between manual and automatic via paddles on the steering column.
The 2009 Ferrari F430's rear differential is electronically-controlled to allow for better acceleration and handling. The vehicle is able to go zero to 60 mph in four seconds and tops out at 200 mph. A double wishbone front suspension, double rear wishbone suspension, front and rear stabilization bar and other features give the 2009 Ferrari F430 a nimble frame for fast driving.
The engine runs at a high RPM giving the driver a unique thrill throughout each gear shift; it really sounds and feels like a racing vehicle. The manual shift is still available for all those traditional drivers out there. The automatic F1 gearbox is not as smooth as drivers would want it to be, especially when considering the seven-speed automatic on the Ferrari California, but it still gets the job done. The firm suspension might turn off casual drivers, but it is just right for the racing enthusiasts out there. The 2009 Ferrari F430 is about as sporty as a street-legal car can get.
Like most Ferrari models, the 2009 Ferrari F430 gets anti-lock brakes, stability control, and normal airbags, excluding side and curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
F430: 11/16 mpg city/highway
- Sharp handling
- Sound of the V-8 engine
- Great performance
You Won't Like
- Plastic window in the soft top
One of the best vehicles in the Ferrari line.
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