2009 Ferrari F430

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$186,925

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2009 Ferrari F430

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

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

9 trims

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Notable features

  • Scuderia high-performance model
  • 490-hp, 4.3-liter V-8 (base)
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Electronic differential
  • Evolved from Formula One racing

2009 Ferrari F430 review: Our expert's take

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.

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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

Safety

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control

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
  • Larger brakes with carbon-ceramic discs
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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.7
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

My 4th Ferrari.

Ignore the posers and corvette people. They wouldn't know a classy car if it hit them in the face. Top end is all they know. God bless Italy.

2.4

Fragile Ferrari

The Ferrari F430. Fantastic exterior with mediocre interior and even worse mechanicals. Like everything made in Italy, this car looks great on the outside but it falls apart in a very short time. One race on the track with this car required four wheel bearing replacements and the race was lost to a Corvette ZR1 that almost cost half as much. Embarrassing!!! The same goes for Italian shoes, clothes and any other manufactured goods. They are expensive and unreliable. Maybe the Chinese can teach Ferrari a thing or two about the manufacturing process.

5.0

My Favorite Car

I love this vehicle. It is so reliable, and the fastest I've ever driven. I love riding this around town.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ferrari
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Registered within the past 14 years
Basic warranty terms
12 months
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
101-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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