In 1993 Ferrari launched the 348 GTB as part of the "relaunch" of the Ferrari 348 line. It was in fact a modified version of the 348 TB. The 348 GTB remained into production for only one year, when in 1994 it was replaced by the Ferrari 355.
The 348 GTB was a two-seater berlinetta with dynamic performance characteristics worthy of the marque’s highest traditions. Its sports orientation was best expressed on the track, as proven by the 348 Challenge, which saw this car race on circuits in Europe and the US. Its styling was harmonious and aerodynamically efficient, and the mid-mounted V8 engine ensured perfect weight distribution and class-beating power.
The 348 GTB was distinguished by were body color-coded sills and chromed Cavallino Rampante’s mounted between the rear light clusters ( this decorative item having always been finished in matte black on first series cars).
Under the hood there was a 3,4 liter V8 engine, with a bore and stroke of 85mm x 75mm, with spark plugs between the camshafts, fitted with a Bosch Motronic M2.7 combined fuel injection and ignition system.
Power was transmitted from the flywheel to the rear wheels through the clutch, gears, final drive and constant velocity joints. The new transmission was mounted across the rear of the engine in the style of pre-turbo Formula 1 racing Ferraris. The clutch sat at the rear of the drivetrain. The new configuration sited the entire drivetrain four inches lower in the chassis than had the previous model.
The engine delivered a total of 320 hp (312 hp on the US models) at 7200 rpm and a peak torque of 324 Nm at 5000 rpm. The 348 GTB sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 5,4 seconds and could hit a top speed of 173 mph.