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2008 Ferrari F430

$84,686 — $213,930 USED
Coupe
2 Seats
13 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

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(5.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Heritage
  • Exclusivity
  • Performance potential
  • Handling prowess
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Price
  • Maintenance and repair costs
  • Minimal cargo space
  • Difficult entry and exit

What to Know

about the 2008 Ferrari F430
  • New Scuderia high-performance model
  • 490-hp, 4.3-liter V-8
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Electronic differential
  • Evolved from Formula One racing

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Ferrari unveiled the successor to its 360 Modena at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The new two-seat sports car was substantially more powerful, and is offered in both coupe and convertible form. A high-performance model called Scuderia joins the lineup for 2008, with a limited run of 250 available. In the same way that the previous 360 Modena had the Challenge Stradale performance variant, the Scuderia adds racing flavor to the F430.

Several innovations were derived from Ferrari's Formula One racecars. Two of them were "world firsts" for production cars: the E-Diff electronic differential, which optimizes traction, and the steering-wheel-mounted commutator switch, which controls the vehicle dynamics systems.

A rear-mounted 4.3-liter V-8 generates 490 horsepower, which results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 pounds per horsepower. According to Ferrari, the F430 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4 seconds. For the Scuderia, zero to 62 mph happens in an estimated 3.6 seconds. The extra acceleration comes from more power — 510 hp total — and lighter weight.


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 increases downforce. For Scuderia models, this diffuser has been modified for even more downforce. Upper and lower air intakes sit to the rear of each door. An enormous, nea...
Vehicle Overview
Ferrari unveiled the successor to its 360 Modena at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The new two-seat sports car was substantially more powerful, and is offered in both coupe and convertible form. A high-performance model called Scuderia joins the lineup for 2008, with a limited run of 250 available. In the same way that the previous 360 Modena had the Challenge Stradale performance variant, the Scuderia adds racing flavor to the F430.

Several innovations were derived from Ferrari's Formula One racecars. Two of them were "world firsts" for production cars: the E-Diff electronic differential, which optimizes traction, and the steering-wheel-mounted commutator switch, which controls the vehicle dynamics systems.

A rear-mounted 4.3-liter V-8 generates 490 horsepower, which results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 pounds per horsepower. According to Ferrari, the F430 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4 seconds. For the Scuderia, zero to 62 mph happens in an estimated 3.6 seconds. The extra acceleration comes from more power — 510 hp total — and lighter weight.


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 increases downforce. For Scuderia models, this diffuser has been modified for even more downforce. Upper and lower air intakes sit to the rear of each door. An enormous, nearly flat back window allows the V-8 to be seen from the outside. An optional braking system uses carbon-ceramic discs; Scuderias come with these discs standard, though the discs are larger than the standard F430's.

Often finished in traditional red and devoid of brightwork, the F430's body barely clears the ground. Four round taillights sit high on the deck, flanking a relatively subtle spoiler. Four exhaust outlets poke out near the bottom edges.

Built on a 102.4-inch wheelbase, the F430 measures 177.6 inches long overall, 75.7 inches wide and 47.8 inches tall. The front track width is a sizable 65.7 inches. Behind each seat in the F430 Spider convertible are long nacelles that 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 paddles alongside the steering wheel control the operation of the available F1 gearbox.

Scuderias use carbon fiber anywhere possible to make the car weigh less, including the interior, where even the driver's seat is made of the lightweight material.


Under the Hood
The F430 holds a 4.3-liter V-8 that develops 490 hp at 8,500 rpm and 343 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 claims the Formula One-derived sequential gearbox cuts shift times down to 150 milliseconds.

In the Scuderia, the engine has been bumped up to 510 hp. It makes its peak power at 8,500 rpm. The only transmission offered is the F1-style sequential gearbox, which has been improved for even faster shifts than the regular F430's transmission.


Safety
Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and traction control are standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)

The 430 Scuderia is simply amazing!

by Fcarfan on August 12, 2017

The Scuderia is what Enzo wanted in a street Ferrari. Wicked performance, amazing exhaust note and an event each and every time it's driven. A future classic. Read full review

(5.0)

Amazing vehicle

by Nick from Ohio on September 13, 2014

This is one of the only cars where I actually can't find a problem with it. I'm personally not used to the suspension, but Jesus am I over it. Best car I've ever had in my life. Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F430 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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