The Ferrari F40 and the F50 are the two models that preceded the famous Enzo supercar, and they lived very different lives. Most car nuts consider the F40 one of the greatest supercars ever built, whereas the F50 — the F40’s successor — was not nearly as well respected because it was not nearly the car that the F40 was. Allow us to be the first to tell you that this old thought is complete hogwash, and we’ll tell you why.
The F40 and F50 were on the cusp of supercars heading into a plusher realm, where leather seating, clean finishes and features were starting to become a concern for buyers. The F40 so happened to remain on the balls-to-the-wall side of the fence, and the F50 fell on the more refined side. Don’t get us wrong, the F50 was no slouch, with its 513-horsepower, V-12 engine behind the seats, but its extra heft and relative lack of low-end torque kept it from being the driver’s car that the 471-horsepower F40 was.
Now, you don’t have to take our word for it, we’ll let respected, educated and somewhat insane Chris Harris take you on a quick tour of both cars. Judging by the glee in his voice, he was rather pleased by both models...