Since we deal in the world of Italian exotic cars, we get asked a lot of questions. Often times our fans will get very technical, going as deep as engine tuning or construction methods. But other times we are stumped by a seemingly easy question.
This week we had to do some homework to answer “What is the fastest Ferrari”. The short answer is “all of them” but fast can be defined in a few ways. The most commonly used acceleration measurement is 0-60. To be able to reach highway speed under 5 seconds used to be incredible, but now Maranello makes 3 seconds times look easy.
Although mainly used to compare cars in the US, the quarter-mile times are a great way to understand a car’s abilities. Some of the fastest Ferrari cars are geared for high-speed cruising, so they really start moving on the top end of the racetrack.
Finally, the top speed of each car is used for bragging rights, but how do they compare to each other? Here are the most popular street-legal Ferraris on our site, so let us know which one you would drive in the comments below:
As the ultimate example of the fastest F430, the 2009 F430 Scuderia Spider 16M was built as a celebration of 16 World Constructor’s Victories in Formula1. Essentially a convertible version of the F430 Scuderia, all civilities were removed to make the ultimate drop-top rocket ship. The interior is made of billet aluminum and carbon fiber, and mufflers are nowhere to be found. The 4.3 liter V8 is rated at 503 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. Only 499 examples were built, so collectors demand a premium when they change hands.
If you need twelve screaming cylinders of hand built perfection, the 812 Superfast will solve most of life’s problems. It offers 788 horsepower and 529 lb-ft of torque from a 6.5 liter V12. It is coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic with ratios tailored exactly to the engine’s power band.
The chassis was a clean-sheet design of several layers of steel and aluminum. Unencumbered by weaknesses of prior models, it is the most confident and comfortable Ferrari to date.
0-60: 2.8 seconds
1/4 Mile: 10.4 @ 138.6 mph
Top Speed: 211 mph
Can a high-performance car also be good for the environment? The F8 Tributo makes the most of its 3.9L engine. By squeezing every ounce of performance from pump gas, the 3.9-liter twin turbo v8 makes 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. By using larger turbos than the 488 GTB, it cranks out more horsepower and torque. Titanium rods and a lighter flywheel also help. The rear window is Lexan and the body has a 10% advantage over its competitor
As a fitting tribute to their legendary founder, the Ferrari Enzo is an F1 car with a street legal body. It used a 6.3 liter V12 and a six-speed single clutch automatic to propel a carbon fiber body. It has been the best automotive investment in the modern era, considering the base price of $652,000. Recent examples have sold for over $1.5 Million. As the meanest horse in the stable, it is the benchmark for all competitors.
Meeting your idol in person can sometimes be disappointing, but the F40 is everything you think it is, and more! The wild twin turbo V8 supercar was the last project overseen by the founder before he passed away. The last Ferrari halo car to have a manual transmission, it laid waste to nearly every other production car of the era. Before computers could accurately control wheelspin or turbo boost, the F40 was notorious for scaring the world’s best drivers. Stacking twin turbos into a lightweight body makes this world’s fastest Ferrari in its day.
As the fastest version of the 599 GTB, the Gran Turismo Omologato was a street-legal version of the 599XX race car. It was a limited production two-seater capable of lapping the Fiorano test track one second faster than the Enzo. Only 599 cars were built, and each one made 661 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
While it was not built for breaking records, the Portofino was a long-awaited successor to the California. A 3.9-liter twin turbo V8 is shared with the 488 GTB. It offers 600 horsepower and 651 lb-ft of torque. If the power isn’t enough, the hardtop folds away to reveal a sleek roadster. New aluminum extrusions and laser welding have yielded a chassis that is 35% stiffer. Back seat passengers have 5cm more legroom and much more headroom with the top in place.
It is time for Ferrari to embrace the Plug-In hybrid. Although the LaFerrari did offer home charging, it is not the HVDC of the future. So say hello to the SF90 Stradale. Instead of a V12, it uses a twin turbo 3.9L V8 and hybrid drive to offer 986 horsepower.
The state of the art in Scuderia Shields is among a handful of street legal 10-second cars. It uses a 3.9 liter twin-turbo V8 much like the California T, but mounted behind the cockpit. Turbos are great for torque, so it offers 561 lb-ft, whereas the F12berlinetta made due with 509 lb-ft. If you aren’t excited by 660 horsepower, speak with your doctor about changing your meds.
When you combine years of racing dominance and the latest in hybrid technology, you have an object of desire. Batteries and two motor/generators are bolted to a 6.3 liter V12. Currently the world’s fastest Ferrari model. But, we’re sure that will change.
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