5 October 2004

Ferrari's junior supercar, the new F430, has been driven in Autocar this week, and we can exclusively reveal that it is not only 'the best road car they've ever made' but, on first impressions, more than a match for the car it was designed to beat - Lamborghini's Gallardo.

Editor-at-large Steve Sutcliffe's verdict on the new Ferrari leaves the extent of its makers achievement in little doubt: 'This car is fantastic,' he writes. 'It is very probably the best road car Ferrari has ever built.'

But feature editor Ben Oliver's impressions of the new Ferrari, after driving it back-to-back with its nearest competition, the Lamborghini Gallardo, prove just as telling. 'I wish I could explain how utterly correct it felt to drive a red Ferrari and a yellow Lamborghini in bright sunshine near as fast as they’d go over the Italian mountain roads they were made for,' he writes. 'I can’t, so I’m going to do it again now. I’ll be driving the Gallardo, but I’ll be thinking about the F430.'

Find out more this week, in Autocar

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