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Ferrari F430 Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, once said that the Italian supercar manufacturer would ?never exceed 4,000 cars annually? to preserve their exclusivity.  Although Ferrari now produces in excess of 5,000 a year, including limited edition models, nobody would suggest they are anything but exclusive.  A Ferrari has something rather special that other exotic machinery can never replicate.

The current Ferrari line-up consists of a number of models, usually of limited production, but the most popular ? and highly successful ? is the F430, produced in both coup? and Spider variations.  The F430 is the logical successor to the 360 Modena, yet it is altogether a far better motor car; improved in almost every department.

Ferrari F430Featuring a 4.3 litre normally aspirated V8 engine, the F430 is endowed with a staggering 490 bhp (360 kW) maximum power output and a hefty 465 Nm of torque, peaking at 5,250 rpm.  All this translates into a top speed in excess of 315 km/h, with a benchmark 0-100 km/h sprint time of exactly four seconds.

The beautifully sculpted V8 engine ? visible through a transparent panel at the rear of the car ? is mated to a six-speed electro-hydraulic gearbox with shifts actuated from steering wheel-mounted paddles, much like a Formula One car.  The right paddle operates upshifts, the left downshifts.  On a downshift, the electronics ?blips? the throttle to ensure smooth engagement Unlike Tiptronic systems, this is a fully operative manual transmission, obviating any power losses.

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Also located on the steering wheel is a selector switch which offers road, sports or race settings. The selector changes the differential and suspension settings to suit the conditions and desired driving mode.  The final, most extreme setting switches everything off, including the all important traction control.  Not recommended for anyone but the most experienced and skilful of drivers.  The differential itself is an electronic system ? a first for any road car ? initially developed for the championship winning Ferrari F1 machines.  The system ensures maximum traction out of corners, even in damp or slippery conditions, virtually eliminating wheelspin.

The styling of the aluminium-bodied F430 was the responsibility of long-time Ferrari collaborators, Pininfarina, with additional input from Frank Stephenson, designer of BMW?s X5 SUV and the latest Mini Cooper.  Stephenson, a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, also had a hand in the Maserati MC12 before moving across to parent company Fiat Auto.

The interior is classic Ferrari with slim, high-backed seats finished in sumptuous Connolly hide, while there is a choice of either carbon fibre or burnished aluminium dashboard inserts.  The starter button is a tiny red switch on the steering wheel, which adds to the drama in a way, but offers little else.  More relevant is a premium sound system from Becker of Germany, complete with CD player.

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