The F430 hails the arrival of a whole new generation of Ferrari V8-engined berlinettas. The result is a highly innovative design characterized by cutting-edge technologies perfected for use on a road-going car.
Two of these innovations are world firsts for production cars: the electronic differential (E-Diff) initially developed by Ferrari for its Formula 1 single-seaters and designed to make the most of the engine’s power to optimize traction, and the handily placed steering wheel-mounted commutator switch which directly controls the integrated systems governing vehicle dynamics. The F430’s light, compact 4,308 cc engine is completely new and gives the car its name. It punches out 483 bhp.
The F430 features a new cast aluminum transmission casing that houses the gearbox in unit with the electronic differential and bevel-type final drive, as well as the engine oil tank. The 6-speed gearbox incorporates multicone synchronizers, while both the 6th gear and the final drive have been lengthened to make the most of the greater power and torque of the engine.