Using the multi-position switch on the steering wheel, changing driving mode to the normal setting provides a bit more comfort for the longer hauls, while remaining extraordinarily responsive.
Crank the wheel and the car sticks in the corners with guided precision and without the slight understeer of the F430. Though not quite as sharp as the Porsche GT3, steering turn-in and response is excellent, thanks in part to a lighter front end. The Scuderia enjoys a well balanced 47/53 front/rear weight split.
While the Enzo and limited-series FXX remain ultimate expressions of what Ferrari has accomplished from years of F1 domination, the technological performance enhancements and user-friendliness of the F430 Scuderia is refreshing and appealing. At $250,000 a pop, Ferrari plans to deliver a minimum of 250 to American showrooms by spring. Sadly, all have been spoken for.
2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
Longitudinal mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
4.3-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve
Six-speed sequential manual
Control arms, coil springs (f & r)
Vented carbon-ceramic discs, ABS
Length/Width/Height(in.):177.6/75.7/47.2Curb Weight: 2975 lb
503 hp @ 8500 rpm347 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm
*What we like:
Brilliant to drive and a technological marvel
*What we don't:
Waiting for one sucks
The Price Tag: