Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #87

We're getting there. After today, only two more entries in the "cars introduced in the 1980s" category. That's the good news. The bad news is that the cars introduced in the 1990s weren't much better than the cars of the 1980s...

However, some introductions were pretty damn amazing.


1987 Ferrari F40. The last Ferrari personally signed off on by Enzo himself. Designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the marque, it had a 478 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 engine that propelled the F40 from 0-60 in times previously matched only by superbikes. It held, for the time period, the record for fastest land speed by a production car, and was the only such car to break the 200 MPH barrier.

While the Testarossa was the "cool" Ferrari thanks to "Miami Vice", the F40 was the ne plus ultra of the family. The 308, darling of Magnum P.I., and the Mondial were busy getting their butts kicked by Mustang GTs and Buick Grand Nationals, but the F40, man, wasn't nothing touching that car short of a Formula 1. Of course, given that the F40 cost some $400K (nearly $1 mil in today's dollars), one can be forgiven for expecting it to be able to outrun a GMC Syclone...

Just wait until next week, though...

That is all.

3 comments:

libertyman said...

It would be interesting to see how it compares to some new production cars.

Old NFO said...

ROTF, I remember that from C&D :-)

Anonymous said...

Finally, a bright spot in the dreary decade. Just one question, Jay. Why did you link the C&D article? A 348 is nowhere near the F40 in performance. It's much heavier and has a lot less power. The F40 runs the 1/4mile in 11.7 seconds compared to the Syclone at 14.1 and the 348ts at 14.5.

Al_in_Ottawa