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So is the 348 the worst car Ferrari ever made? Nope!………. is the quick answer. Sure there are numerous articles, blogs and videos complaining about how twitchy at high speed it is, how ugly it is,  how it doesn’t compare to the 355 etc. etc. Equally, there are as many articles about how good it is, how competent, user friendly and reliable it is. 

The Ferrari 348 was the replacement for the 328 in 1989 and remained in production until 1995. It was the final V8 model developed under the direction of Enzo Ferrari before his death and commissioned to production posthumously. 

The 348 revs to 7500 and produces 300hp, with a 0 to 100km time of 5.5 seconds, no mean feat when you consider its closest rival, at the time, was the Honda NSX.

Here’s the comparison:

Comparison: Honda NSX vs Ferrari 348 acceleration

The 348 was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, from the Pininfarina stable,  the same guy responsible for the 308, F40, 288 GTO, 512 BB and many others. The 348 was also manufactured by hand, no robotic production lines churning out thousands of cars a minute, no mass-produced plastic interior bits, the 348 was designed, developed and manufactured using something that other carmakers seem to lack, passion!


Some say that the 348 is unstable at high speed, twitchy and unpredictable,  well………. easy fix, put a 10mm spacer on the rear wheels and the track  becomes exactly the same as a 355, problem solved! 

What people don’t tell you is that the steering is better than a 355, more precise. The running costs are also generally less. 

The 348 is the last real drivers Ferrari. None of the electronic nonsense that  always fails at some point, no computer suspension, no power steering, no  cruise control. It is a seat of the pants car. It’s a relatively inexpensive entry  into the Ferrari lifestyle and after all, it’s a Ferrari, a good looking Ferrari!

The fear with buying anything old, and especially Italian, is that it will grenade its engine the first time you take it out, instantly rendering your investment worthless.  

But the truth is, if you buy sensibly, don’t drive it to death and you stay on  top of the routine maintenance, then that’s an unlikely scenario.  

Beyond the big jobs – cambelt, brakes, clutch, – running costs shouldn’t be  too crippling either. 


This is definitely not the worst car Ferrari ever made. Mostly the 348 has had a  bad rap, brought about by people perpetuating the unsavoury ramblings of the few misguided individuals who don’t really understand what this car is. 

The value of the 348 has risen steadily over the past few years and is a sound, reliable, driveable investment.



Ferrari made a 208 turbo road car in 1982. The reason was to circumvent the tax laws in place at the time. Heavy taxes were imposed for cars with more than a 2.0-litre capacity. To avoid the tax, Ferrari produced a 1991cc engine and slapped a KKK turbo on it to compensate for the lack of power. 

The next turbo production car was the legendary F40, lauded by many as the best supercar ever made. The trouble with turbo’s in those days …….. ………. the lag!! Accelerating the F40 would start with nothing, continue with nothing, and then….. 3500 revs and…… Bang…… all you see in front of you is hedge, road, hedge, road…. Ambulance! 

It would be over two decades before Ferrari would make another  production turbo, the California T.  

By then, having lived through the Formula 1 turbo era, Ferrari had mastered the turbo. The California T had a smooth, consistent power curve, from zero to a hundred and plenty. Gone were the days of “put you in the hedge” surprises.

Like most modern cars, Ferrari V8’s have gotten bigger and heavier over the years, with each new model gaining a few kilo’s and a few cm’s.

The 355, in 1994, weighed in at 1,497kg’s,

The 360 Modena, at 1,493kg’s, 

The F430, at 1,517kg’s,

The 458, at 1,565kg’s,

Right up to the new Hybrid SF90, in 2020, at 1,570kg’s.

Surprisingly, the only newish model to buck the trend is the 488, weighing in at 1,525kg’s, only 48kg’s heavier than a 458, but 45kg’s lighter than an  SF90.

Better performing engines, turbo’s and lighter materials obviously compensate for heavier vehicles but, as the weights (and sizes) have increased the 0 – 100 times, top speeds and general performance figures have increased exponentially. 

We should also embrace the modern turbo era, it’s here to stay and Ferrari have worked hard to bring the visceral, emotive and engaging experience of the normally aspirated cars back, there doing a grand job! 

So NO……. Ferrari V8’s don’t need to go on a diet!

Ferrari V8’s in red


The Fiorano test track lap record for a Ferrari F40 is 1m 29.6sec. The lap record for a  Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale is 1m 26.5sec.  

Ferrari made 1,315 F40’s and 1,288 Challenge Stradale’s. 

A Ferrari F40 can cost R20 million plus, yet a Challenge Stradale will set you back  about R5 million. 

The Ferrari F40 is widely regarded as the ultimate supercar, and if you look at it, hear it and/or drive it, you’ll probably agree. Trouble is, very few of us are able to swim in the F40 owners’ pond, however, all is not lost, the 360 Challenge Stradale is a fantastic alternative. 

Its mid-mounted V8 powerplant revs to 8,700 rpm and throws out 420 horsepower.  The CS will top 190 mph, and shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, just enough to slam your internal organs into the back of the seat and change your expression to that of a constipated smurf.

As with all supercars, we know that they all look great, they all sound great and they all go biblically quick, but that’s a given, it’s what you’re paying for. The big question is how is all of that delivered to you as a driver?  

The CS is visceral, engaging, dynamic and capable. It’s also very analogue, there are no fancy computers to help you out when you get it wrong. Just a go and stop pedal, a  steering wheel and you! 

The aero upgrades, from the 360 Modena, include front bumper mods that extend the lower fascia below the air intakes, adding load to the front end without interrupting airflow to the rear. To balance things out, the rear height was increased slightly plus new longitudinal diffuser fins. Overall the improvements increase the Stradale’s downforce by a staggering 50 percent.  The modifications make the ride more rigid than the regular 360, improving performance and delivering a spectacular track experience.

We are proud to be able to offer this exceptional example for sale. 2004 model with 17,000 Kilometres on the clock 

Immaculate condition 

Full Service History 

Enquiries welcome: Paul 082 851 3300

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