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.
Ferrari 430 Coupe 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.
Ferrari 430 Coupe refinement
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.