Used Ferrari F430 2005 - 2010 review

Category: Sports car

A bit of F1 experience brought to the road

Ferrari F430 (05 - 10)
  • Ferrari F430 (05 - 10)
  • Ferrari F430 (05 - 10)
Used Ferrari F430 2005 - 2010 review
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What's the used Ferrari F430 coupe like?

There are plenty of fast cars out there, but few get close to the Formula One experience that many people want. The F430 is far from being an F1 car - it's too pretty for that - but it does use a range of electronic systems pioneered on Ferrari's all-conquering race car, to give punters some idea of what it's like to be in an F1 driver's shoes.

These systems, most notably the electronically controlled differential, means the F430 has tremendous amounts of traction. The handling is incredible, and the ride is pretty good, too.


A bit of F1 experience brought to the road

  • Logic-defying grip and amazing performance
  • Hard to come by, and incredibly pricey

The F430 performs just like you'd expect a Ferrari to. All versions use the same 4.3-litre V8 petrol engine, which gives 483bhp. Performance is effortless from 2000rpm, and upwards of 4000rpm it gives you a real kick in the pants. The engine sounds amazing as well.

Ownership cost

What used Ferrari F430 coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Ferrari F430 coupe?

We can't really avoid stating the obvious here - any Ferrari will cost a fortune to buy, and its running costs will be sky high.

Mind you, as with all supercars, a Ferrari's running costs are about as far from a buyer's mind as it's possible to get. That's probably just as well. The F430 will return an average fuel consumption of 15.4mpg, and a lot less if you regularly use the engine's full power.

Insurance costs will obviously be just as horrific. You'll pay a group 20 insurance premium, and the high value of the car will push the premium up immeasurably. Servicing will also be hugely expensive.

Our recommendations

Which used Ferrari F430 coupe should I buy?

Other than choosing a red paint job, there are two choices to be made with the F430. First, you'll have to choose between Coupe and Spider versions. The Spider is a bit more expensive, but when you're talking about sums of money this huge the difference is negligible.

The only other choice to be made concerns the gearbox. There's either the standard six-speed manual, or a clutchless Formula One-style paddle-shift system in the F1 version. Whichever version you choose, you won't be disappointed, but of the two, we'd opt for the F1. The changes are smoother than many similar systems, and the F430 is even quicker with the system installed. Plus, it gives you more of that all-important Formula One feel.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Ferrari F430 coupe?