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2006 Ferrari F430

2006 Ferrari F430
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  • Ferrari F430
  • Year:
    2006
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    490 @ 8500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    343 @ 5250
  • Displacement:
    4.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    196 mph
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  • body style:

In 1999, Ferrari replaced the F355 with the Ferrari 360. It boasted a 3.6-liter Tipo V-8 that produced 400 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. It could hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and climb to a top speed that was close to 190 mph. That wasn’t good enough, because in 2004, Lamborghini unleashed the Gallardo with a 5.0-liter V-10 that delivered 493 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Being Ferrari’s biggest rival, Ferrari needed to move quick, and in 2004, it debuted the Ferrari F430 at the Paris Auto Show.

The F430 was a direct replacement for the Ferrari 360 and featured a 90-degree, 4.3-liter V-8 that delivered and impressive 490 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Of course, Lamborghini answered back quickly with an update to the Gallardo in 2005, which included a 20 horsepower increase bringing it up to 513 horsepower. But that’s okay because it still wasn’t enough to best the F430’s performance – in fact, it was just enough to match the F430’s 4.0-second sprint to 60 mph.

The F430 was offered in a number of different trims, including the F430 Spider, F430 Challenge, 430 Scuderia, Scuderia Spider 16m, F430 GTC, F430 GT3, and the 430 GT3 Scuderia. Ferrari even displayed a bio-fuel-powered F430 Spider at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show that ran on ethanol and came with a mild torque increase of four percent. The Gallardo topped out at 196 mph, as did the F430. Needless to say, the two were pretty damn equal as far as performance goes. So, now that you know a little of the story behind the F430 and its competitor, the Gallardo, let’s take a closer look at the overall design of the F430 and what Ferrari did to keep the competition between its main competitor so strong.

 

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