Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cars in the Park: Italian Cars

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Ferrari 430 Scuderia, one machine whose calmness at the curb surely belied its need for speed. I read on the Internet, zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. I read on the Internet that it weighs just under 3000 lbs. and has a 4.3 liter V8 engine with 503 horsepower. I thought as I looked at it from every side, this car inhales asphalt at the hands of the woman who owns it. But where can she legally drive it, I immediately wondered, as it desires to be driven? I doubt I'll ever find out, but oh, how I would have loved to have heard that engine at least start up.

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A look at the engine.

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Gotta love that guy's grin!

A bit more from the Internet, from Edmunds dot com:

What Edmunds Says

If you want a race-ready Ferrari for the street (and really, who doesn't?), the 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia is where it's at. Just don't expect three pedals on the floor.

Pros

Wicked acceleration, otherworldly handling from lightweight chassis, closest thing to a racecar for the street that Ferrari sells.

Cons

Wallet-vaporizing price, conventional manual transmission unavailable, not ideal for the daily commute.

I couldn't find an exact cost easily, so I gave up looking when I saw almost $300,000!

5 comments:

Jim Klenke said...

I am glad you blurred out my license plate number. How did I not see you there?

*Honest Abe said...

I would agree with the con remark. Vaporizing wallet.

It was not that long ago when a new buggy pulled by a black horse with a shiny new harness was plenty good for courting. What ever happened to real horse power?

I must confess it is hard to ruin a beautiful car photograph.

Randy said...

Just one ride.

Jack said...

I'm glad you liked my car, Lynette.

Eve said...

We went to a Ferrari Store in Venice. It had a big red Ferrari parked right in the middle. Now that I think about it, I wonder how they got it there??