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By Cars.com Staff
March 13, 2009
Vehicle Overview Ferrari's F430 sports car is a two-seat, mid-engine coupe or roadster with a high-revving V-8 engine. The most elite F430 variant is the track-special Scuderia, which joined the lineup for 2008. Competition comes from exotics like the 2009 Porsche 911 GT2.
Exterior Largely hand-built in Italy, like other Ferraris, the F430 features an aerodynamic shape that incorporates contemporary competition technologies — specifically, a flat underbody and a large rear diffuser, which increase downforce.
Personalization program offers 16 exterior colors
Upper and lower air intakes sit to the rear of each door
Enormous, nearly flat back window allows V-8 to be seen from the outside
Body barely clears the ground
Four round taillights sit high on the deck, flanking a relatively subtle spoiler
Four exhaust outlets
Long nacelles behind seats in convertible trail into the rear deck, alongside the engine's viewing panel
Interior Ferraris are known for snug cockpits, and the F430's two-passenger space is no exception. There's a red engine-start button and, on F1 models, paddles control the operation of the automatic gearbox.
Interior can be customized with carbon fiber or aluminum inserts
Additional storage behind seats
Personalization program offers 12 leather colors and eight carpet colors
Under the Hood The F430 holds a 4.3-liter V-8 that develops 490 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 342 pounds-feet of torque at 5,250 rpm. Either a traditional six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed sequential manual can be installed. Ferrari says the Formula One-derived sequential gearbox cuts shift times down to 150 milliseconds.
E-Diff electronic differential optimizes traction
Steering-wheel-mounted commutator switch controls vehicle dynamics systems
Ferrari-sourced zero-to-62-mph time of 4 seconds; 3.6 seconds in Scuderia
Optional braking system uses carbon-ceramic discs
Electronic stability system
Ferrari Scuderia The F430's predecessor, the 360 Modena, had a high-performance, track-ready version named Challenge Stradale. The F430's version of that track package is the Scuderia.
Diffuser modified for additional downforce
Scuderia uses carbon fiber everywhere possible to lessen weight, including the driver's seat
Scuderia bumps power to 503 hp at 8,500 rpm and is only available with the F1-style sequential gearbox, which has been improved for even faster shifts than the regular F430's transmission