2005 Ferrari Spider F430 review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 28 February 2006 , 11:02:24 byEmil

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Ferrari Spider F430

The new F430 will join Ferrari's range of V8-engined sports cars. The F430 made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show and it is enhanced by a number of technical features, such as the innovative electronic differential, the steering wheel-mounted rotary switch, thus allowing for the car's set-up to be adjusted quickly and easily. The F430 Spider's sinous lines were designed by Pininfarina, being the result of lenghty testing. The end of the engine cover integrates a pronounced rear lip spoiler, while the car's muscular stance is emphasized by the new bigger rear air intakes. Furthermore, the engine is interestingly placed below a glass cover. Similar to the berlinetta, the new vehicle features two elliptical air intakes that are meant to feed the front radiators. In terms of directing the central air flow towards the flat underbody, the spoiler that joins the two intakes at their bottom edge is highly effective. It is possible to see the engine due to the compact, fully automatic electric hood, which, once lowered, takes up relatively little space. Power is delivered by Ferrari's new 490 HP V8 which delivers a maximum speed of over 193 mph, sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in only 4.1 seconds. The specific output of this lightweight and highly compact power unit is of 114 HP per litre, featuring a weight-to-power ratio of 2.9 kg per horsepower.