An incredible machine that takes the standard F430 and adds more power, less weight and even keener driving responses to come up with the best Ferrari for many years.
This is a hardcore machine for keen drivers, so don't expect much in the way of refinement or comfort. Track-orientated suspension is not ideal for town driving.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Up to 4000rpm, the performance is a bit like being shot out of a cannon, while redlining the howling 4.3-litre V8 to 8500rpm is likely to give your heart a serious workout. Hardly surprising really, given the engine has been tuned to produce 503bhp – up 40bhp on the standard 430 – and the 1350kgs car weighs much the same as a typical family hatchback.
Ride & Handling
The lightened suspension and elaborate aerodynamic package makes the Scuderia extremely agile, while phenomenally tactile steering keeps you right in touch with what’s happening on the Tarmac. The sports seats help to support your internal organs as you power around corners and ramp up the g-forces.
With so much technology on-board, it’s refreshing that a simple prod of the steering wheel-mounted starter button will suffice to startle dogs, make babies cry and rattle windows in neighbouring villages.