Ferrari expert John Pogson explains why the highly criticized Mondial is actually a cool car

Introduced in 1980 as a replacement for the 308 GT4 and 208 GT4, the Ferrari Mondial was conceived as a Prancing Horse that brought together the practicality of four seats and the performance of a Maranello-made vehicle. It was also the last mid-engined four-seater to come from Maranello. However, the Mondial remained famous for different reasons. The grand tourer was heavily criticized for its bland exterior design and somewhat poor performance, often being labeled as the worst Ferrari ever built.

But the folks over at Drive don’t agree, and they’ve put together a cool nine-minute video to prove that the Mondial is a sports car we should hate. And, they brought in John Pogson, a trained Ferrari mechanic and the main man behind Italia Autosport, to make a case for the four-seater.

Pogson, who owns a silver Mondial with a Burgundy interior, talks about how the unusual-looking Ferrari draws a lot of attention, yet it doesn’t intimidate people to the extent a red, flashier Prancing Horse would. So, while it’s not as fancy as an F40 or a Testarossa, it makes for a good conversation topic with other Ferrari enthusiasts, which is basically what a true classic is all about. He also goes on to say that you don’t need to spend £200,000 to own a cool car and that the Mondial, which can be purchased for well under £30,000, is the perfect example.

I don’t know about you, but I agree with the man, especially because the Mondial is the most affordable way to become a Ferrari owner. Sure, it may be slower than a Lamborghini Jalpa, but it provides seating for four and it has plenty of luggage room, making it a perfect family Sunday car. And despite not being as quick as an F40, it has a throaty exhaust note and enough horsepower for a fun afternoon on a twisty road. Hit play to see the whole video and learn why Pogson loves his Mondial QV so much.

And if you want to learn more about the car, you can check out our full review here.

Ferrari Mondial

1980 - 1982 Ferrari Mondial 8 Exterior
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Read our full review on the Ferrari Mondial here.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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