2002 Ferrari 360 Spider Expert Review & Ferrari 360 2002 Spider Test Drive Results | NADAguides

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Ferrari 360

Expert Reviews

The Ferrari 360 isn’t a car. Not really. Not in the sense. Cars are about get to grandma’s house, haul the groceries, they’re a necessity, food or ESPN. But the Ferrari 360 F1 has little to do with transportation, to do with necessity. It’s a $155,000 sports car. a pleasure machine, pure and A toy.

Oh sure, it’ll get you to quickly in fact, it’s not the reason why you own such a machine. You own a 360 Modena F1 because you want to. you can. Because women like you if you do.

Still, the 2002 360 Modena F1 is as close to a real a traditional car, a usable as the storied Italian car maker has produced. For the first time, has addressed such things as space, basic ergonomics and comfort, not to mention our test automatic transmission, which this the first of the brand’s supercars that can truly be everyday.

The Ferrari 360 comes in two Berlinetta (hardtop) and Spider

Both are offered with a a conventional 6-speed manual or a semi-automatic 6-speed transmission. with the semi-automatic gearbox, our Berlinetta test car, get own model designation, F1, because is controlled with two paddles on the steering column similar to used by Michael Schumacher in his Formula 1 race car.

Technically, there are four models, the 360 Modena ($144,620), the 360 F1 ($154,550), the 360 Spider ($161,475), and the 360 F1 ($171,185).

Each comes a long list of standard including the ubiquitous air conditioning, windows, locks and mirrors. (At prices, they better.) seats and a AM/FM stereo CD player are also standard. get a standard power top. safety equipment includes traction control and dual

Options are limited to exterior and colors.

This car stops Although its rounded lines such traditional Ferrari cues as the chrome egg crate passersby don’t seem to The two large air intakes on the 360’s nose drew rave from admirers of all ages.

absent are the pop-up headlamps by all of the 360 Modena’s predecessors, which included the 308 (made famous by Tom on Magnum P.I.). Replacing headlamps are glass-covered headlamp which arch back to the of the late 1950s.

As you look past the 360’s shapely sleek door handles and air intakes, you reach the car’s striking feature, its glass engine. One look down that large glass at the Ferrari-badged V8, and it’s obvious this is a special car.

Out back are traditional Ferrari and four exhaust pipes through holes shaped to the car’s front air intakes. touch. And of course, as it should be, a rather large chrome horse smack dab in the middle of it

As attractive and … as it is, every of the 360’s exterior, even its has an aerodynamic purpose. The car’s lines and unique flat are the result of 5000 hours of tunnel testing. It’s a that works with the to actually … the car down to the the faster the car is driven.

Low and wide the 360 on racy, lightweight five-spoke wheels and 18-inch tires. past those wheels and find huge cross-drilled disc brakes with the name riding along on the calipers. Another terrific


Although the 360 is easily the most and user friendly mid-engine ever, this is not a very car to climb into nor a very car to drive.

The wide door of its predecessor are history, but the 360 sits low to the ground, so some leg muscle is to get behind the wheel. You must get around the large bolsters of the seats, which seem to a beating over time. The leather on our test car was showing wear.

Once in, you’re surrounded by the materials we’ve ever in an automobile. The leather, which everything, is top notch. The console, panels and dash are polished And the plastics used for the switches and air vents are heavy to the touch. the toggle switches that things like the trunk and the defogger require a heavy to operate. Everything about car says quality, nothing loose or flimsy.

The seats are but comfortable and supportive. They adjustments, albeit manual, for and the width of those big bolsters, so about anyone can get cozy. the seats is some storage which Ferrari says fit a golf bag, and a net for small like maps or the latest of Forbes.

Ergonomic problems are to the odd offset of the pedals toward the of the car, which takes getting used to, the poor and poorly marked controls of the audio system, and the lack of any With time we grew to the placement of the window switches, are on either side of the stereo.

Ferrari 360

Ahead of the driver is a fat racecar-like wheel and a well laid out cluster that’s easy to with a 10,000-rpm tachometer and center. Only the gas gauge, goes from full to rather rapidly, is a bit hidden the wheel. We like the odd green lighting of the dials.

The Ferrari 360 F1 is one of the fastest cars you can buy, and the exception of the Porsche 911 Turbo, the quickest car available with an transmission. This car will from a standstill to 60 mph in a tick 4 seconds and rip through the quarter in 12.8 seconds at over 112 There are only a few cars on the besides other Ferraris, accelerate quicker. They are the Porsche, the Lamborghini Diablo, the Corvette Z06, the Lotus V8 and the Dodge Viper. These are the only cars that can the 360’s 180+ mph top speed.

our days with the car in and around Los we never approached such but we did explore the Ferrari’s off-the-line which will strain neck muscles, and sampled its around Southern California’s mountain roads.

It only takes a few corners to that the fishtailing tendencies of its are history and the 360 Modena is one of the finest cars ever built. to its tuned aerodynamics, four-wheel suspension, ABS brakes and excellent control system, the 360 can make Ray look like Mario

Such roadholding is usually at the of ride comfort. Not in this The 360’s around town while firm, doesn’t your eyeballs loose, over rough pavement. misunderstand, this is no Cadillac. We it the coffee test, and have the pants to prove it.

Problems we during real world use the 360’s low front end, scrapes itself free of on most driveways. There’s that constant engine coming from just your right shoulder. with sensitive ears last long, plus the hear you coming from a away.

We think the semi-automatic which adds $10,000 to the of the car, should shift It often snaps your on upshifts, and bucks hard off the But the transmission does have its points. First, it makes gears completely fool The transmission is controlled with two behind the steering wheel. You the one on the right if you want an upshift, the one on the for a downshift. It’s really simple. You don’t even to take your foot off the gas and digital readout to tell you gear you’ve just And second, it has a full automatic which proved precious in heavy traffic.

Once you’re comfortable the whole paddle thing, you can off upshifts with the flick of a even with the engine away at 8500 rpm. Like Disneyland. It’s as to racing Formula 1 as we’ll get.

If things get out of hand, the brakes are at the ready. Stopping from 60 or 80 mph are among the shortest in the The ABS system works perfectly, and the brake pedal never soft even after of abuse.

Steering is just as It’s quick but never with an effort level doesn’t require the arm strength of and the road feel is incredible. as if the driver’s hands are directly to the front tires.

This is one of the greatest cars of all time. Its is breathtaking. Its style, unequaled. Its truly world class. To Ferris Bueller, If you have the I highly recommend picking one up.

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