Top 5 greatest ever V8 Ferraris revealed by Enzo magazine
A poll of 4,500 Ferrari fans names the all-time 5 best V8 Ferraris with the 458 Italia in first place
A recent poll for the new quarterly Ferrari magazine, Enzo, has identified the greatest V8 Ferrari ever produced. Over 4,500 readers of Enzo’s sister publications Auto Express, Octane and evo chose from a selection of the brilliant mid-engined V8s that have come out of Maranello over the years.
In the end, only one V8-engined Ferrari could win and the 458 Italia did the business taking home over 42% of the votes - a total which trumped its nearest rival, the Ferrari F355, by a factor of 2. Although the poll’s top 5 features an excellent selection of classic mid-engined Ferrari models, there were a number of well-known cars which didn’t make the cut including the 328 and 360 Modena.
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The top 5 best ever V8 Ferraris
1) Ferrari 458 Italia
Launched in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 458 Italia had to fill the shoes of the 430 it replaced. It was, of course, a huge hit with the media and public alike, with the mid-mounted 4.5-litre V8 (which revs all the way to 9,000rpm) taking the headlines thanks to 550bhp, a top speed of over 200mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds.
2. Ferrari F355
The F355 was designed to be a more popular replacement for the 348, a feat it successfully achieved. The car is synonymous with Ferrari in the 1990s, its longitudinal 3.5-litre V8 being considered a return to form for the Italian firm. The F355 cost just over £80,000 new, could reach 60mph from a standstill in 4.7 seconds and keep going past 180mph. Back when it was new, the F355 sold in record numbers for Ferrari, with over 11,000 being built over its lifetime, possibly explaining why 20% of people voted for it in the Enzo poll.
3. Ferrari 488GTB
Coming in with a smidgeon under 10% of the votes is the 488GTB. This was the 458’s replacement and despite the controversial use of turbocharging it’s proved a huge hit. The 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 offers starling performance, with a 0-60mph time of just 3 seconds and top speed of 205mph. Should you have £180,000 burning a hole in your pocket, there are few more thrilling ways to spend it.
4. Ferrari F430
Coming in at number four, and narrowly beating the 308 below with 6% of the votes, is the F430. It was launched at the Paris Motor Show and was in production from 2004 to 2009. Underneath the bonnet it featured a 4.3-litre V8, with a top speed of 200mph, 3.9 second 0-60mph time and useful E-Diff to keep it on the road.
5. Ferrari 308
Arguably the forefather of modern Ferraris, Leonardo Fioravanti’s brain child was not the first V8 to wear the prancing horse, but it has to be the most iconic and most revered. Its performance maybe on the modest side by the modern supercar and hypercar standards, but a 6-second 0-60mph time and top speed of just over 150mph was more than enough back in 1975.
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