One of the most popular supercars from the Italian powerhouse manufacturer Ferrari is the F430 model they produced from 2004 to 2009. It was the successor to the Ferrari 360 and a predecessor to the F458 that was unveiled in July of 2009. Lets take a better look at what makes this car so incredible and why it needs to be in your garage.
In 2006 which was two years after these cars began production, the average MSRP for an F430 was approximately $187,000 to $217,000 in the United States. The Spider F1 model was averaged between $379,000 and $450,000 in Australia/New Zealand.
It was designed by Pininfarina but under the guidance of Frank Stephenson. It’s predecessor, the Ferrari 360 inspired the body styling but it was improved to increase aerodynamics. The downforce vastly improved even though the drag still remained relatively the same. You may not know that they actually added Ferrari Enzo tail lights and exterior vents which added a lot to the cars beautiful appearance. The alcoa aluminum chassis, glass, doors, and roofline are the same from the 360 though. The drivers side mirror is inspired by the Testarossa and features the cars name etched into it.
A 4.3L V8 petrol engine of the Ferrari-Maserati F316 family powers the F430. With an output of 490 PS at 8500 RPM and 343 lb-ft of torque, it recieved a 20% increase in displacement from previous engine designs. The four-valve cylinder head, intake trumpets, and valves were directly copied from the Formula 1 engines but the crankshaft, pistons and rods are completely new. The F430’s top speed is in excess of 196 MPH(315 KMH), accelerating from 0 to 100 KMH in 3.9 seconds, 0.6 seconds faster than the previous model. The Scuderia version of the F430 can reach it in 3.6 seconds.
The Italian manufacturer Brembo with worked with Ferrari intimately to design the brakes, calipers, and cast-iron collay discs. Bosch also helped develop the electronics for the car. If you got your hands on the optional reinforced carbon fibre brake package, Ferrari claimed it would not fade even after upwards to 360 laps on their test track.
As soon as you open the door of an F430 and hop into the seat you will immediately notice the detail was not just put into the exterior but the interior as equally. The cabin is complete with smooth stitched leather and carbon fibre accents on the dash, doors, console, and other areas. The foot pedals and kick plate for the passenger are composed of aluminum which is a nice touch.
The seats have their signature large side bolstering to make it feel like you’re in a real supercar. They are comfortable and keep you locked in place while taking off in this rocket ship. With 8 power adjustments for your seat, you’ll be able to get into the perfect position before you drive too.
A red or yellow techometer gives the interior a luxury and sporty feeling. It also displays the gear and driving mode that has been chosen so you’re never left in the dark. The analog speedometer, fluid temperature and more can be found on the left hand side.
Assuming you can manage to keep a lighter foot(You probably won’t and we don’t blame you), drivers can expect to see fuel consumption levels to 11 MPG in the city and around 16 MPG on highways. Its paddle shifters have approximately 0.60 MS meaning they respond quickly to your input as well. If you want to focus on simply enjoying the roaring engine and driving experience, switch on the automatic function to have it all done for you. The steering is quick, sharp, and responsive so you won’t have to make much movement to navigate where you want.
No car is immune to problems so this review wouldn’t be complete without noting some of the potential issues you may experience with this beast:
- Exhaust manifold: Also known as the header, some owners have reported serious problems with this area of the F430. It can be a result of too much strain in the exhaust system making it crack. A symptom of this can be fine white powder coming out of the insulation as the heat shield fails. A ticking noise from the exhaust may also be accompanied by this or possibly a fuel smell upon cold start up. Replacing both left and right headers can rack up a repair bill close to $4,000.
- Exhaust support components: The newer F430’s can potentially have a problem with their exhaust system that older models didn’t have. There are so many struts, brackets, and small parts that can fail but can raise the opportunity of installing a better aftermarket system. They tend to be much lighter than the ones Ferrari installs and easier on the whole vehicle.
- Motor mounts: Under 30,000 miles the motor mounts have a decent chance of failing despite seeing a minor upgrade in the later year models. Repairing one requires partial disassembly and will cost you around $1,500.
- Steering wheel vibration: It has been reported that it’s possible to experience unusual vibration from the steering wheel. It is believed to be a result of driving the car on uneven, bumpy roads that causes disfigurement in the wheels over time and causes balance issues. If you keep to driving on smooth roads, this shouldn’t be a problem though.
- F1 transmission: Many cases from F430 owners have claimed that the F1 transmission would drop out of gear and into neutral randomly. This issue has been solved by replacing the accumulator or by re-bleeding the system.