The F430 features a 4,308 cc (4.3 L) V8 petrol engine of the "Ferrari-Maserati" F136 family. This new power plant was a significant departure for Ferrari, as all previous Ferrari V8's were descendants of the Dino racing program of the 1950s. Ferrari’s F1 gearbox was upgraded in the F430 with cutting-edge software to allow gear changes taking just 150 milliseconds per shift. Contemporary road tests by the motoring media remarked that the drop-top lost nothing to the closed car in terms of performance, so it is arguably the more desirable model.
As with the 360, the model was also developed as a number of variants - the F430, F430 Spider, 430 Scuderia and the special edition Scuderia Spider 16M.
Ferrari’s F430 Spider is perhaps the company’s ultimate useable convertible. It offers just as much excitement and agility as the Berlinetta, but with the added bonus of being exposed to the howl of its 483bhp mid-mounted 4.3-litre V8. The performance is simply breath taking, with acceleration from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 195 mph.
Weighing a full 100kg less than the standard F430, and with a distinctive exhaust note, every last detail of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia exudes uncompromising ability. The high-performance braking system of 430 Scuderia features larger carbon-ceramic brake discs, designed specifically to manage the car’s increased performance. The floor is manufactured from anti-slip aluminium and the exposed, unlined metallic parts showcase its focus on shedding any unnecessary weight.