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Ferrari 355


Ferrari 355

Ferrari replaced the 348 with the 355 and created such a beautiful supercar that customers all but stopped buying their 12-cylinder Testarossa. The 355 was easier than any Ferrari before to drive and had such creature comforts as the latest in in-car entertainment plus air-conditioning as standard. Further developed than the previous 348 was the engine, which used five valves per cylinder and from a comparably small output of just under 213ci (3.5 liters) managed to put out 875bhp (279kW) at over 8,000rpm. The 355 used a similar chassis to the 348, being sheet and tubular steel forming a central stress-bearing unit with subframe at either end for the double wishbone suspension. It was far more dynamic to drive than the 348, however, and had an aerodynamically designed undertray to eliminate lift at high speed. Magnesium alloy wheels kept the weight under 3,000lb (1,360kg).

Ferrari 355 Specifications

Top speed:183 mph (293 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:213 ci (3,496 cc)
Transmission:6-speed manual
Max power:375 bhp (279 kW) @ 8,250 rpm
Max torque:268 lb ft (363 Nm) @ 6,000 rpm
Weight:2,977 lb (1,353 kg)
Economy:18.1 mpg (6.4 km/I)
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