2008 Ferrari F430

2008 Ferrari F430 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Ferrari F430 was new.

The Ferrari F430 garners little criticism. From its mind-numbing acceleration to its luxurious cabin, this exotic street machine is adored.

Pros & Cons

  • Accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds
  • Lavish two-passenger cabin
  • Highly customizable


  • Convertible top features a plastic window

2008 Ferrari F430 Overview

Introduced in 2004, the F430 is the successor of Ferrari's infamous 360 Modena. Nearly flawless in design, it receives little criticism. In fact, critics praise Ferrari for wrapping Formula One-like performance in a lustful exterior and luxurious interior design. "It's the totality, the greatness of the entire package that mesmerizes here," writes Road and Track. "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."

The 2008 Ferrari F430 is offered in both Coupe and Spider (convertible) body styles. A high-performance Scuderia trim is also available.

  • "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
  • "So, where's the downside? In this case, the only real drawback (other than, as usual with Ferrari, price and limited production numbers) is that an alpha-dog Ferrari always has a limited reign. Once the first 430 Scuderias hit the street early next year, the clock will begin ticking down the moments until Ferrari raises its game once again." -- Automobile Magazine
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