Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ferrari Is the Sure Winner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ferrari Is the Sure Winner

Article excerpt

Those in the market for the ultimate sports car face tough choices, although the fact that it will be a Ferrari is a foregone conclusion.

If you choose the F430, the dilemma is whether to go for the coupe or roadster and whether to opt for the standard or F1 version.

They both get a five-star rating from What Car? ahead of the four-star rated rival Porsche 911 and Lamborghini Gallardo.

The new F430 is just about as close as you can get to the sort of driving experiences that F1 racer Kimi Raikkonen now enjoys so much at weekends.

Crammed with Formula One technology, the F430 shares much with the older car but differs in several important ways to make the driving experience even more thrilling.

The chassis may be basically the same but it has been reworked to improve stiffness.

The engine is a new 4.3-litre V8 that generates 490bhp and is cooled by radiators fed via ducts through the reshaped nose.

Other styling enhancements combine to give the car an even more purposeful appearance while subtly avoiding any hint of vulgarity or ostentation. …

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