For 2007, the Ferrari F430 coupe and Spider convertible are unchanged.
The F430 uses a 4.3-litre V8 that makes 490 hp and can accelerate from zero to 100 km/hr in 4.0 seconds. Its aluminum space frame chassis is constructed in collaboration with the American aluminum company Alcoa.
Its six-speed manual transmission is housed in a cast aluminum casing and comes with either an open-gate manual gearbox or F1 paddle shift. Also borrowed from Formula 1 is the “manettino”, a selector on the steering wheel that controls the electronics governing suspension settings, stability and traction control, the electronic differential and the change speed of the F1 transmission. Five settings take the car from automatic gear-changing and maximum intervention (the “Ice” setting) to full driver control.
The Spider features steel roll bars in the windshield structure for maximum protection, and a fully-automatic top that folds completely into a compact space so that it doesn’t cover the engine.
The F430 styling was created by Pininfarina, in collaboration with Ferrari’s head of design. The stacked headlights are bi-Xenon, large air vents ahead of the front wheels channel air from the radiators, and scoops at the top of the rear wheel arches take in air for the engine. Nineteen-inch wheels with split five-spoke wheels are lightweight alloy. In the rear, the F430 takes its cues from the Enzo Ferrari, with similar taillights and rear vent. Inside are touches such as a flattened upper rim on the wheel for better visibility, a larger cockpit, an electrically-operated storage compartment behind the seats, and a starter button mounted on the steering wheel. And because these aren’t mass-production cars, buyers have a choice of 16 bodywork colours, 12 leather colours, eight floor mat colours, carbon fibre or aluminum dash inserts, and rev counter background colour. Not only do you select the upholstery colour, you can also decide on the colour of the thread and the spacing of the stitching. If these don’t strike your fancy, you can supply your own colour sample and Ferrari will paint the car exactly to your liking.