Ferrari supercars

Published: 29 July 2008

Say 'supercar' and the man in the street thinks of Ferrari. Eponymous founding father Enzo set up in Modena in 1929 as the Scuderia race team, and it wasn't unitl 1947 that the first road cars appeared. Since then, virtually every model has come to define the contemporary supercar, although there have been some duds along the way too. Of every supercar manufacturer, Ferrari is surely the one with the strongest competition ties, racing as it does at the very top of the F1 contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari Daytona

 1968

£9100

4390cc V12, 352bhp, 318lb ft

5.5sec

174mph

Ferrari Daytona supercar

For 

 Sharky styling means it's still one of the great Ferraris  

Against

 Miura made it look old the day it was launched

Verdict 

 Much-loved despite its old-school layout

 

Never officially named the Daytona (but 365GTB/4 sounds much less glamorous), this car stuck with the front-engined V12 layout despite the revolution wrought by the Miura two years earlier  

 

Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari 365 GT4 Boxer

1973 

£14,610 

 4390cc flat 12, 360bhp, 311lb ft 

 5.4sec

 175mph


Ferrari 365 Boxer supercar

For 

 Pininfarina's styling set the look for Ferraris until well into the  '80s  

Against 

 Ferrari's answer to the Miura arrived seven years late

Verdict 

 A seminal Ferrari for styling and engineering, too often
 overlooked

 

Ferrari's first mid-engined V12; good enough to stay in production for nine years and bridge the huge gap between the Sixties Daytona and the Testarossa of the Eighties

 

Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari 288 GTO

 1984

£59,540 

 2855cc V8, 400bhp, 366lb ft

 4.9sec

 190mph

Ferrari 288 GTO

For 

 Way rarer than the F40: just 272 were made 

Against 

 Nasty cabin: cheap materials and Fiat switchgear

Verdict 

 Brutal and beautiful­ Ferrari does Group B with predictable results

 

The first of the hyper-Ferraris with its twin-blown, 2.8-litre 400bhp V8, and for some the greatest road-going Ferrari of them all. The fastest production car of its day at 189mph 

 

Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari F40

1987

£163,000 

 2936cc V8, 478bhp, 426lb ft

4.9sec 

 201mph

Ferrari F40 supercar

For 

 Better steering than a McLaren F1, says Gordon Murray  

Against 

 Hard ride and laggy engine make for an edgy drive

Verdict 

 Ferrari's raw response to Porsche's brainbox 959

 

Enzo's last road car, and the first production road car to claim a 200mph top speed, though it's never been proven. Ferrari¹s 40th brithday present to itself wasn't luxurious, but a massive 478bhp in 1235kg was some consolation

 

Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari F50

 1995

£342,700 

 4699cc V12, 520bhp, 347lb ft

3.7sec 

 202mph

Ferrari F50 supercar

For 

 Rarity: only 349 were made, keeping values high 

Against 

 Ungainly styling and little quicker than an F40

Verdict 

 Completely eclipsed by the McLaren F1

 

The third hyper-Ferrari didn't live up to the first two. Maranello threw all its F1 know-how and most of an F1 engine at its fiftieth anniversary car and somehow ended up with something slightly disappointing to drive 

 

Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari Enzo

2002

 £217,375

 5998cc V12, 660bhp

3.7sec

217mph 


Ferrari Enzo supercar

For 

 Super-smart aero package means no wing is needed ­ even at
 217mph

Against 

 Limited colour choice

Verdict 

 Money talks: it now sells for close to double the original at
 around £420,000

 

Only 400 were made and you had to be invited to buy one, but we'll forgive Ferrari its arrogance; the Enzo is a tech masterpiece and drives way better than it looks 

 

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari F430

 2004 -

 £138,625

4308cc V8, 4823bhp, 343lb ft

 4.0sec

196mph 

Ferrari F430

For 

 Even Ferrari's entry model is epically fast. Stunning in Scuderia form

Against 

 Preparing to move into the retirement home

Verdict 

 Junior Ferrari equals major pace. Quite an event

 

It might be four years old, but the F430 is still a sublime bit of kit. It's telling that the cheapest Ferrari now costs £140k and is knocking on the door of 200mph

 

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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