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2005 Ferrari F430

2005 Ferrari F430

The F430 signals the arrival of a brand new generation of V8-engined Ferrari berlinettas. Every inch of the Ferrari F430 was inspired by the engineering research carried out at Ferrari’s Gestione Sportiva F1 racing division. (continued below)

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Ferrari F430 Influenced by Formula 1

Source: Ferrari | Published: Fri Sep 23, 2005

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The result is a highly innovative design, characterized by cutting-edge technologies perfected for use on a road-going car. Two of these innovations are world firsts for production cars: the electronic differential (E-Diff) initially developed by Ferrari for its F1 single-seaters and designed to make the most of the engine's torque to optimize traction, and the handily placed steering wheel-mounted rotary switch (better known to the Formula 1 drivers as the manettino) which directly controls the integrated systems governing vehicle dynamics. The F430's light, compact 4308 cc engine is completely new and gives the car its name. It punches out 490 hp and delivers a specific power output of 114 hp/l and 343 lb-ft of torque. Needless to say, performance is outstanding: acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 196 mph.

Every area of this latest Prancing Horse car has been influenced by Formula 1. For instance, owners can order a braking system using carbon-ceramic discs which offer superior stopping power and give the driver the satisfying feeling of being in complete control of the vehicle even in the most demanding situations. The F430's aerodynamics are also highly innovative for a road car: its shape has been honed to generate special flows to increase downforce and improve cooling. Every last component of this new Ferrari has been perfected to deliver outstanding performance and maximum driving pleasure.


The F430's nose is characterized by two distinctive air intakes that channel air into generously dimensioned radiators to cool the powerful engine. The two intakes are linked at their lower edge by a spoiler that directs the air towards the car's flat underbody. The F430's vertically stacked headlights are extremely compact thanks to the use of Bi-xenon technology. Large air vents just ahead of the front wheels channel the air out of the radiators and along the car's flanks. Generous scoops at the top of the rear wheelarches channel air into the engine. The side view is completed by the new 19" wheels with the 5 twin-spoke layout that combine classic Ferrari design flair with exceptional levels of structural rigidity combined with light weight.

The Enzo Ferrari was the inspiration for much of the rear styling of the new F430. The type and arrangement of the lights are the same with the latter protruding quite prominently from the bodywork. Another similarity is the shape of the air vent for the engine with the chrome Prancing Horse at its centre.

Ferrari F430: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 263 cu in (4308 cc)
Power 490 hp @ 8500 RPM
Torque 343 lb-ft @ 5250 RPM
Redline n/a
Electric Power n/a
Electric Torque n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual (Std.)
  6 Speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (Opt.)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
Tire Size Front - Rear 225/35 ZR19 - 285/35 ZR19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 176.6 in
Width 75.7 in
Height 47.8 in
Curb Weight 3196 lbs
0-60 3.9 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed > 196 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 10/21
Origin & Price
Origin Italy
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $174,585

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