The Ferrari F430 is a beloved sports car that is enjoyed by many, including some of the highest paid athletes. It was originally debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2004 and was in production from 2004 to 2009. Through its 5 years of production, the F430 evolved in many ways and is still cherished to this day.
The F430 is the successor to the Ferrari 360, and has some similarities to the 360. However, the body for the F430 was revised, allowing improved aerodynamics. The most notable exterior styling changes are the more prominent air vents found on the sides and front fascia. In the rear, the 360’s tail lights were ditched for the Enzo’s, but the tail pipe configuration remains the same. When side-by-side, the F430 stands out as the more modern looking. A retractable hardtop variation would later be released as the Ferrari F430 Spider.
At the heart of the Ferrari F430 is a 4.3-liter V8, a groundbreaking engine for the Italian automaker. Ferrari designed this all-new engine in order to stray away from the V8’s that were derived from the Dino racing program of the 1950’s. This redesigned V8 is capable of producing 483 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, a notable increase of the 360’s 400 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The top speed of the Ferrari F430 is recorded at 196 mph and has a0-60 mph time of just 4.0 seconds. The F430 is either offered with an open-gate 6-speed manual gearbox or with an F1-style paddle shift transmission.
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Years Produced: 2004-2009
Engine: 4.3-liter V8
Horsepower: 483 hp
Torque: 343 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual or F1-style Paddle Shifters
Weight: 3,197 lbs
0-60: 4 seconds
Top Speed: 196 mph