Buying a FERRARI 360 (1999 – 2004) – buying guide

To replace its F355 berlinetta, Ferrari starts from scratch and offers its 360 manufacturing quality, comfort and roominess in clear progress.

FERRARI 360 (1999 - 2004)

To replace its F355 berlinetta, Ferrari starts from scratch. At least as far as structure is concerned. The Maranello specialist is indeed designing a spaceframe architecture entirely in aluminium, in partnership with Alcoa, an American specialist in this material. Advantage: this gives a car that is both stiffer and lighter. Thus, when it was released in March 1999, the frame of the 360 ​​Modena weighed 10% less than that of the F355 and was almost twice as resistant to torsion. From its predecessor, the 360 ​​took over the V8 with 4 overhead camshafts and 5 valves per cylinder, but increased it from 3.5 l to 3.6 l. As a result, the power jumps from 380 to 400 hp on this F131 coded block. However, the Modena does not progress so much against the 355 on the performance side, pointing like it to 295 km / h. The box retains its 6 gears, either by operating it by hand or by letting the “F1” system robot designed with Magneti Marelli do the work. This one, charged 57,000 F, includes paddles at the wheel and performs a skilful heel-toe downshift, like in Formula 1 in short. Capable of changing gear in 350 ms, this transmission will equip nearly 75% of production.

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The Ferrari 360 Modena also offers significantly improved manufacturing quality, comfort and roominess. Its body however, preferring fixed headlamps to retractable elements, gains in fluidity what it loses in aggressiveness. Still due to Pininfarina, it takes care of the aerodynamics, both in finesse (Cd of 0.36) and in support (180 kg at 290 km/h) thanks to the flat bottom and the air extractor. It is also distinguished by its apparent V8, under the rear window. More versatile than ever, the entry-level Ferrari is displayed at a huge price of course: 800,000 F, or current €165,200 according to INSEE. It still includes standard leather upholstery, auto air conditioning, dual airbags, sophisticated traction control, controlled damping, or even ABS. Specialists appreciate its increased ease of driving as well as its enhanced efficiency. But they note that the progress made between the 360 ​​and the 355 is not equal to that made by the latter against its predecessor, the 348.

This new generation Ferrari was available as a roadster from 2000, heavier than the coupé by only 60 kg (mainly because of the reinforcements in the windscreen and the door sills in particular). The carefully crafted electric soft top is standard. In 2003, the version for gentlemen drivers appeared. Called Challenge Stradale, it derives from the racing 360 and is specially adapted for track use. Lightened by 110 kg if the right options have been checked (such as Plexiglas glazing), it benefits from carbon fiber elements, specific 19-inch rims housing 380 mm Brembo carbon-ceramic discs and running gear. reworked. At the rear, the F1 box comes standard (it now changes gear in 150 ms), while the V8 gains 25 hp, thanks in particular to a freed-up exhaust. In the cabin, stripped to save weight, we note the presence of bucket seats, while air conditioning remains in the game. Thus, this radicalized Ferrari 360 (it turns 3.5 s faster than the standard version on the Ferrari track of Fiorano) preserves a minimum of civility. All this is paid for: €171,200 (current €215,700 according to INSEE). The 360 ​​will no longer evolve and will leave production in 2004. In total, 8,800 coupés, 7,565 Spiders and 1,288 Challenge Stradales were manufactured, a good score. The F430 will replace the 360, from which it will derive.

Slowly, but surely, the rating of the latter is climbing, the threshold being established at €65,000 in the coupe and €70,000 in the Spider, with the F1 gearbox. Amounts that increase by €10,000 with the manual unit. As for the Challenge Stradale, it takes 200,000 € at the very least. When we find one!

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