2009 Ferrari F430 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2009 Ferrari F430 was new.

Reviewers find that the Ferrari F430 has little to no faults. It's exotic, fast, luxurious and drop-dead gorgeous. What's not to like?

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Critics' Rating:
This model has never been fully tested for critics' rating. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Performance:
This model has never been fully tested for performance. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Interior:
This model has never been fully tested for interior. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Pros & Cons

  • Blasts from 0 to 6 in 3.9 seconds
  • Superb handling technology
  • Comfortably seats two
  • Customized to your liking
  • Convertible top's plastic window seems cheap

2009 Ferrari F430 Overview

Upon its debut in 2004, the Ferrari F430 was met with resounding praise. Five years later, admiration for this supercar hasn't faded one bit. In fact, some test drivers still claim that no car can match its Formula One race technology wrapped in a drool-dripping, yet purposeful, exterior design.

The Ferrari F430 carries on to the 2009 model year unchanged. In addition to coupe and Spider (convertible) body styles, it's also available as an even more capable Scuderia trim, which Automobile Magazine explains is "Italian for stable. That's stable like a home for a powerful prancing horse, not like the state of mind that is constantly eluding Lindsay Lohan."

If you're in the market for an exotic street machine, consider the Lamborghini Gallardo -- the F430's primary competitor. It provides faster off-the-line performance, but still can't handle corners as seamlessly as the F430. However, at this level of performance, that's just nit-picking.

  • "There's always been much more to Ferraris than just phenomenal performance -- their styling, exclusivity and sheer presence all play a part in their allure." -- Edmunds
  • "Downsides to owning an F430 include resulting mailings for hair-replacement services and hanging out with fellow owners who wear bespoke race suits with matching shoes at Ferrari-club track weekends but then turn numbingly slow laps. Downsides to driving an F430? Don't be ridiculous." -- Car and Driver
  • "It's the totality, the greatness of the entire package that mesmerizes here. The Pininfarina-styled aluminum bodywork looks stunning from every angle, the aluminum space-frame chassis forms a rigid base for the suspension to operate with utmost precision, and the 4.3-liter 483-bhp V-8 revs to a rarefied 8500 rpm. The angry cry of stressed metal and most high-strung exhaust note this side of Formula 1 leave an indelible impression." -- Road and Track
  • "This thing must cause meltdowns in the mainframe at Kelly Blue Book. Used-car appreciation? Does not compute!" - New York Times
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