7 September 2004

Ferrari has upped its game with the replacement for its most popular 360 Modena, the F430, and you can find out how this week, in Autocar magazine. 'Since 1999, over 17,000 360s have been sold,' writes Richard Bremner. 'Its replacement is as important to Ferrari's road car division as Michael Schumacher is to its racing department.'

'The F430 replaces not only the 360 Modena, but also 70 per cent of Ferrari's road car production,' he goes on. 'For general manager Amedeo Felisa, it's like replacing the Punto for Fiat.' It's a car that is charged with counterpunching the renewed might not just of Porsche and Lamborghini, but also Aston Martin, Bentley, and the AMG arm of Mercedes-Benz.

As our exclusive pictures show, the car's new look is one of the most important elements of the transformation. Produced by Pininfarina, and overseen by Ferrari-Maserati design chief Frank Stephenson, you can evaluate its success in our gallery. For the lowdown on dynamics, structure, interior design and on the car's new powertrain (right), read Autocar this week

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