The thing about Ferrari is that they always have an ultra-rare, exquisitely expensive model that’s produced in tiny number, and that every teenager – and most adults – lust after. When you walk into a Ferrari showroom, however, that’s not what they’ll sell you. Well, probably not. They have their own, slightly less expensive, still awesome ‘entry level’ models. They have, after all, to keep the lights on! The 1994 Ferrari F355 was a vast improvement on its predecessor, the 348. First of all, it provided a real, punchy sports car experience, and handled incredibly well, in great part thanks to its advanced adaptive damping system, which detected and corrected excessive roll under cornering. Designed by Pininfarina, it was perfectly proportioned, and a much better looking car than what it replaced.
As it is often the case, the greatest thing about this Ferrari was its engine. It was a 3.5-liter normally aspirated V8, producing 380 horsepower, in part thanks to its five-valve per cylinder design. Paired to a six-speed manual transmission with close-ratio gears, it was absolutely scorching: top speed of 173 miles per hour, and a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds!
The 1994 Ferrari F355‘s excellent design, thoughtful and comfortable interior design and pleasant ride, combined with the performance and sound that only Ferrari can muster made this supposedly entry-level car a joy to own.