2008 Ferrari F430 Spyder/Coupe | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

’s range of V8-engined sports cars saw the F430 Spider replace the very successful 360 model. This  drop-top and includes a number of important technical features which give hints of the car’s F1 pedigree, starting with the innovative electronic differential (E-diff) which improves traction and road holding under all conditions. The F430 also features steering wheel-mounted rotary switch, known to the Scuderia’s drivers as the ‘manettino’, which allows the car’s set-up to be adjusted easily and quickly.

Formula 1 is again the inspiration for the development of the company’s road cars. Designed by Pininfarina, the 2008 Spider’s sinuous lines, in fact, were fine-tuned using state-of-the-art computer aerodynamics simulation programs usually employed exclusively by the F1 team.

The F430’s shape is the result of lengthy testing and features a pronounced rear lip spoiler which is integrated into the end of the engine cover, new bigger rear air intakes that emphasize the car’s muscular stance, and a new rear valance that incorporates a diffuser of competition derivation. The engine itself is attractively set below a glass cover.

The 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider boasts a compact, fully automatic electric hood that allows the engine to be seen in all its glory at all times and which, once lowered, takes up relatively little space, despite the uncompromising central-rear engine layout.

The F430 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s new 490 hp, 4,308cc 90-degree V8 that is capable of pushing the car to a top speed of over 193 mph and covering the 0-62 mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds. This lightweight and highly compact power unit produces a specific output of 114 hp per litre with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.9 kg per horsepower (dry weight).

The 2008 Ferrari F430 is shiny and sharp to drive with sparkling acceleration matched with brilliant handling, while still managing to provide a good ride for the two occupants.

Body Style

Sports Car | 2 Door Coupe/

 

Technical Specifications
Engine4.3-litre V8
Power490bhp
Torque465Nm
TransmissionManual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 780000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Lamborghini Gallardo
Mercedes SL

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