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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